Educator Preparation Institute (EPI)

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Changing Careers? Come Change Lives!

If you are an aspiring teacher, we have the program for you! Seminole State's Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) helps baccalaureate degree holders (in fields outside of education) earn their Florida Professional Certification to teach in a K-12 classroom within nine months.

The program provides the necessary training for participants to become highly effective certified teachers. In addition to being prepared to take the Florida Teacher Certification Exams, those who successfully complete the EPI Program and achieve passing scores on the required exams will receive their five-year Professional Teaching Certificate.

EPI Program classes are offered at Seminole State's Sanford/Lake Mary Campus. Classes are offered in hybrid (in-class with online assignments) and online formats. Hybrid classes are held once a week, either in the evening on Tuesday or Thursday, or on Saturdays. Most classes run for a five-week period.

Adults looking for a career change, including displaced workers, U.S. veterans and mothers entering the work force, are encouraged to explore this exciting opportunity.  We recommend you attend an information session and/or email the EPI program.

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 Schools.
  • Meets Seminole County School 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 you prepare for the reading and math portion of the General Knowledge Test.

Information and Registration Sessions

If you are interested in enrolling in the Educator Preparation Institute, plan to attend one of the information and registration sessions below.

DateTimeLocation
Jan. 16, 2018 5:30 p.m. Sanford/Lake Mary Campus, Room J-001
Feb. 6, 2018 5:30 p.m. Sanford/Lake Mary Campus, Room J-001
Apr. 10, 2018 5:00 p.m. Seminole County Board Office,
400 E. Lake Mary Blvd., Sanford, Florida
May 1, 2018 5:00 p.m. Seminole County Board Office,
400 E. Lake Mary Blvd., Sanford, Florida


Helpful Links

Please review our Helpful Links for supplemental information regarding the Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) program.

Additional Information

  • For more information about the EPI Program, please contact:

Gina Fontana, Ed. D.
EPI Director
Sanford/Lake Mary Campus, Room F-202
407.708.2673

April Jollie
EPI Certification Specialist
Sanford/Lake Mary Campus, Room L208C
407.708.2877

 

  • Financial Aid is available for students who qualify. Please contact:

Sarah Bono
Financial Aid Specialist
Sanford/Lake Mary Campus, Room A-100S
407.708.2833

Want more info? Contact us.

Gina Fontana
EPI Director
407.708.2673
Office J-113 S/LM

April Jollie
EPI Certification Specialist
407.708.2877
Office L-208C S/LM

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