Educator Preparation Institute Certificate of Achievement

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Your passion is to teach, but your degree is in another field. It’s not too late to become what you really want to be. Our EPI Certificate allows you to take your bachelor’s degree and become a certified K-12 teacher in just nine months. 

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Educator Preparation Institute Certificate of Completion
Type: Certificate of Achievement
Major Code: EDPREP
CIP: 5551399990

Program Description

Available Course Course Not Offered Spring 2022
This module prepares participants to set up a classroom, establish policies and procedures, create lesson plans integrated with Sunshine State Standards, develop and administer various forms of assessment, establish and maintain best practices in parental and professional relationships and hone the craft of effective instruction. It will also focus on the ethical and legal obligations of the teaching profession. Participants will also build a developmental assessment and professional portfolio demonstrating mastery of competencies.
This module prepares participants to set up a classroom, establish policies and procedures, create lesson plans integrated with the Sunshine State Standards, develop and administer various forms of assessment, establish and maintain best practices in parental and professional relationships and develop assessment and professional portfolios demonstrating mastery of competencies.
This course provides educators with the necessary skills to determine appropriate instructional methods and strategies for teaching English language learners. Educators will use their knowledge of current first and second languages acquisition to plan and deliver appropriate, effective instruction.
This module provides substantive knowledge of language structure and function and cognition of phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. It provides knowledge of the integration of the reading components. Instruction in this module is grounded in scientifically-based reading research as a mechanism to inform instructional practice.
This course teaches the role of assessments in guiding reading instruction and instructional decision-making for reading progress of struggling readers.
This module provides the participant with an understanding of the variety of backgrounds and cultures that may be found in a typical classroom. Field experiences give a broader view of the social aspects of diversity and cause the participant to reevaluate personal beliefs and prejudices that may adversely affect the learning process. This module also introduces the participants to the issues, challenges and the opportunities of teaching students who reflect the diversity of the American population in terms of race, ethnicity, religion, culture, sexual orientation and gender. Topics emphasized include foundations of prejudice, elements of culture and the value of diversity.
In this course, topics of current interest are presented in group instruction.
This course provides the participant with methods of instruction, integrating theoretical knowledge with classroom experience, demonstrating effective teaching practices, reflective decision-making and competency in Educator Accomplished Practices.
This course teaches language structure, function and phonemic awareness, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. The instruction is grounded in scientifically-based research. This course satisfies the requirements for Competency 1 of the State of Florida Reading Endorsement.
This module provides substantive knowledge of language structure and function and cognition of phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. It provides knowledge of the integration of the reading components. Instruction in this module is grounded in scientifically-based reading research as a mechanism to inform instructional practice.
This course teaches the role of assessments in guiding reading instruction and instructional decision-making for reading progress of struggling readers.
This course provides a study of the varying strategies that are successful with students from differing instructional profiles, including students with disabilities and students from diverse populations. This professional development course meets the requirements for Competency 4, Foundations in Differentiation, of the Reading Endorsement Add-On Certification Program. This course must be taken simultaneously with Application of Differentiated Instruction (EPI 0013).
This course applies skills and information regarding reading development to reading instruction. The course discusses strategies and assessments that provide evidence for increased student reading proficiency in struggling students, including students with disabilities and students from diverse populations. This professional development course meets the requirements for Competency 6, Demonstration of Accomplishment, of the Reading Endorsement Add-on Certification Program.
Total Credits: 25

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Your pursuit of higher education is admirable. So why struggle with high tuition in the process? Here we make life’s next steps affordable. Whether you’re seeking a university transfer (A.A.) degree, a four-year bachelor’s, an Associate in Science degree or even earning a technical certificate, you’ll find reasonable tuition and great value. And to us, that’s scholarly.

In fact, a full-time college education at Seminole State is more than $10,000 less each year than most state universities.

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Tuition and Fee Comparison*

 Seminole StateUFFSUUCF
Tuition and Fees$3,131$6,380$6,538$6,379
Room and Board-0-$10,400$11,472$10,300
Books and Supplies$1,000$810$1,000$1,200
Total$4,131$17,590$19,010$17,879

For more information on Seminole State's tuition and fees, please see the 2021-22 fee schedule.

* Tuition costs are based on Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 terms, with 15 credit hours per term for in-state students. Dorm fees, meal plans and book expenses are estimates based on information provided on each university's website. Lab fees and other fees that may be assessed at the time of registration may be viewed in the College fee schedule. As Seminole State is a commuter college with no residence halls on its campuses, costs for room and board are not calculated.

Why Seminole State?

  • Outstanding reputation: Seminole State offers a specialized teacher training program that is an approved state Educator Preparatory Institute for professional development and alternative certification.
  • Industry-driven curriculum: Courses were developed with input from the State of Florida and Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS).
  • Meets SCPS Induction Requirement: Seminole County EPI graduates are exempt from the Seminole County Induction process which is required for new teachers.
  • Small class sizes: Seminole State's small classes allow more personal attention. Most classes have fewer than 30 students.
  • Real-world projects: An internship and portfolio assignment allows students to be mentored by highly qualified teachers and to experience teaching students in local schools.
  • Flexible Schedule: Online classes are available through the year.
  • Free Resources: Tutorials are available to EPI graduates to help them prepare for the reading and math portion of the General Knowledge Test.

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