Educator Preparation Institutes
Educator Preparation Institutes or EPIs are offered by Florida postsecondary institutions or qualified private providers to provide instruction for non-education baccalaureate or higher degree holders under Section 1004.85, F.S., resulting in qualification for an initial Florida Professional Educator’s Certificate. EPIs are designed for baccalaureate degree holders to become certified teachers.
Relevant Statute and Rule
- Section 1004.85, F.S. Postsecondary Educator Preparation Institutes
- Rule 6A-5.066, F.A.C. Approval of Teacher Preparation Programs
Approved EPI Programs
EPI Program Approval Process
Review and approval of educator preparation institutes in Florida consists of two parallel systems - one for initial approval and one for continued approval - both of which are governed by State Statute and Rule. The focus of the initial review is "process-oriented," whereas the focus of the continued review is "outcome-oriented."