You must have already completed a bachelor’s degree in any area other than education to apply to EPI. In addition to your degree, you must also apply to the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) to obtain your Statement of Eligibility (SOE). You may submit the request for your SOE
online. On the application you must identify which subject area(s) you would like to teach. In addition to completing the SOE application, you must send official transcript(s) to the FLDOE to review. Based solely on the transcript(s), the FLDOE will determine if you are eligible to teach the specified subject area(s).
GPA requirement: 2.5 GPA from completed bachelors degree.
The SOE will list what the individual student needs to do in order to obtain both the temporary certificate (three year non-renewable) and the professional certificate (five year renewable). If deemed "not-eligible for a temporary certificate", the individual can choose to either take the applicable subject area exam (SAE) OR complete additional coursework in that subject. If the individual takes and passes the SAE, the SOE will automatically be updated to "eligible" status and a new SOE will be issued.
The "Temporary Certificate" route is different from the EPI program in the sense that employment is the predominant factor.
For prospective students who are currently "not-eligible" for a temporary certificate or prefer to build a foundation in education courses and receive their 5 Year-Renewable Professional certificate first before applying for teaching positions, the EPI is the perfect option.
obtain your SOE online at the Florida Department of Education’s website.
All students must have a valid and current Statement of Eligibility in order apply for and complete the EPI program.
Students residing outside of Broward County are required to adhere to that respective county’s policies for fingerprinting and placement. In addition, students outside of Broward County are expected to contact local schools to complete their fieldwork. BC will only place students within Broward County.
EPI is a fully online program (with the exception of the field experience hours for two courses), thus students should be confident in their computer competency skills in order to participate in this program. The EPI courses are delivered through an online format called
Desire2Learn (D2L). All necessary coursework will be submitted through D2L.
Students will receive an initial D2L login ID and password when they register for their first course. The courses are primarily accelerated in 6, 8, 12 or 16 week sessions. The assignments and due dates are determined by the class instructor. Students will submit assignments within D2L (similar to attaching a document to an email). Students are also required to participate in weekly discussions using the discussion board feature in D2L. All courses do have an instructor and the instructor is accessible by phone and email.
For more information about online learning please visit BC's
Online web page.
The program is designed so that individuals can complete the coursework as quickly as two termsif they attend full-time. Full-time means 12-15 credits a term. It is recommended that candidates take into consideration all personal responsibilities (family, work, etc.) before choosing to attend full-time. The program is a post-baccalaureate certificate. The coursework is rigorous and we want all students to excel in the courses, therefore we urge students to go at a pace that is comfortable to them.
The total cost of the program is approximately $2,800 for students with Florida state residency. This program is not eligible for Financial Aid. However, EPI students may apply for private loans or make arrangements for a tuition payment plan each term. For more information contact Broward College Financial Aid at 954-201-2330.
By attending the admissions meeting with their EPI advisor upon acceptance into the program, students will gain a better understanding of the program policies and procedures. The purpose of the admissions meeting is also to register for EPI courses.
The EPI office does not partake in the hiring process. All hiring decisions are made by the Broward County Public School Instructional Staffing department or your local school district and the individual school principals within that district.
Yes. In order to
obtain a professional teaching certificate, an individual needs to pass all three Florida Teacher Certification Exams (FTCE) which is a component of the program.
The EPI program consists of three parts:
1. Seven Courses (Primarily online but two courses do require field experience hours)
2. Three Exams (FTCE)
3. A Portfolio (which is tied to the coursework component of the program).
Yes. As the EPI program is a fully online program with an intensive reading and writing curriculum, the LOEP placement test must be taken in order to demonstrate competency in the three main areas: Grammar & Composition, Communication and Reading. Please review the following testing center website for additional information and contact an advisor for a testing slip when you are ready to take the test:
Please also discuss with an admissions counselor about TOEFL or IELTS scores that meet the minimum thresholds to demonstrate college-level English language proficiency. Also, having completed the equivalent of ENC1101 (composition 1) and 12 college credit courses at a college in the States can also satisfy language placement requirements.
Students needing to take English for Academic Purposes (EAP) are strongly urged to wait towards their final class before requesting their Statement of Eligibility because of the expiration (usually 3 years) from the date of issue.