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The University of North Florida (UNF) Educator Preparation
Institute (EPI) is a rigorous program. If accepted, you will embark on an
intense ten-month study and practice into what is required to be an effective
educator. You will leave with the knowledge and skills to lead your own
classroom. The UNF EPI is consistently recognized by the Florida Department of
Education (FLDOE) as achieving the highest hire and retention rate of all EPI
programs in the state. Our participants work hard for this recognition.
Carefully consider the amount of time and study required to complete this program
before you apply.
EPI Program Hours
The program involves a total of 280 hours. These hours are
accomplished through the following activities:
Saturday Site-Based Sessions
20 sessions, six-hours per session, usually every other
Saturday, except holiday weekends
Currently Teaching Participants – practicum hours are
satisfied in his/her own classroom
Non-Teaching Participants – minimum of 80 classroom hours (2 days per week/ 2 hours per day minimum) over the span of eight months
Reading Competency 2 course done online through the
Blackboard system. Done from September through March.
Outside of Class Work
Ample reading, reflecting, projects to complete in field or
regular classroom, intensive reading during the Reading Competency 2
The following materials must all be submitted and received by UNF before the application deadline in order to be considered for
admission into the program:*
Application Period Closed
Mail the application packet, official transcripts and
application fee to the following address:
of North Florida
1 UNF Drive
Or they can be dropped off at:
One-Stop Student Services, Hicks Hall, Bldg 53, Suite 1700.
Applicants must meet all the admission requirements to be
considered for enrollment into the program. Missing documents, fee or transcripts will
delay this process, and may prevent the application from being considered.
*Applications are accepted until the application deadline date
or the program is filled – whichever comes first.
Program Fee: $2,850
Application Fee: $30 Non-refundable & due with application.
The EPI program fee DOES NOT include the cost of textbooks.
(Estimated cost if purchased new is $260. Used copies have been found for less than $100). Textbooks are required and will be available
for purchase through the UNF bookstore and/or other online venues.
accepted and you’re NOT teaching, you will be required to be
fingerprinted at your expense by the school district where you will be
doing your field experience. We will arrange this for you after the first session. This is an EPI policy and is required by the school districts.
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