The University of North Florida (UNF), College of Education
and Human Services (COEHS), has been approved by the Florida Department of
Education (FLDOE) to provide an Urban Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) as part of
the state’s effort to address teacher shortages in critical areas. As such, the
UNF EPI provides an alternative route for individuals to obtain a professional
teaching certification in the state of Florida.
The UNF Urban EPI program is designed for those individuals who
have already earned a bachelor’s degree (or higher) in a non-education major
and desire to become teachers, but do not wish to pursue an additional degree
to do so. The program addresses and satisfies the requirements of the Florida
Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPs), as well as the Professional Competency
Test. Mastery of competencies is demonstrated in K-12 classroom settings, and
documented through state-approved formative and summative methods.
Individuals who complete the ten-month UNF Urban EPI program are
awarded a credential from the UNF COEHS confirming completion of the state of
Florida’s EPI requirements for professional certification, and eligibility to
apply for a Florida Professional Teaching Certificate.