Program Summary

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.


Learn More