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Admission Requirements

Before You Apply - Please Read!

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. The EPI admits students every Fall. The new application is available each December and admission is ongoing until filled. All students will participate in a 2 hour Candidate Day in May and a one-day orientation in July.

Required UNF EPI Program Hours

The UNF EPI program requires a total of 300 hours. These hours are accomplished through the following activities: Site Based Sessions, Practicum Hours, Reading Competency 2 Course, and outside readings.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university approved by the FLDOE. Degrees from institutes outside of the United States must be translated and validated by an agency such as Josef Sinly and Associates (
  • Applicants must have a Statement of Status of Eligibility giving them eligibility for a Temporary Certificate in the area they are seeking certification. Go to for information and to apply.You must complete the EPI program under the subject area in which you where admitted. If you choose to change your subject area (i.e. accept a position out of field, move to another subject area) you will not be able to complete the program in the new subject area. You can always add a subject area once you finish the initial certification requirements.
  • If you don't have a degree in the area in which you are seeking certification, you may need to pass the Subject Area subtest. The FLDOE can confirm this when they review your transcripts only after you apply at the website above. The $75 fee is only charged once per subject area.
  • A grade point average (GPA) of 2.7 or higher is preferred, though not required.
  • For those interested in Elementary Education, you must pass the Elementary Education K-6 exam prior to receiving a Statement of Eligibility. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Application Process

The following materials must all be submitted and received by UNF in order to be considered for admission into the program:*

  • Application
    • Click the 'Application' button to access the current application packet.
    • The application packet must be filled out online, then printed and signed before being submitted.
  • Official Transcripts
    • Please provide your official transcripts from every college or university you attended, even if you did not receive a degree.
    • If you are a previous UNF student, you do not need to provide UNF transcripts.
    • Your application will not be processed until all your transcripts have been received.
  • $30 Application Fee
    • Non-Refundable
    • Checks should be made out to "University of North Florida"
    • Cash payments must be made to the Cashier's Office (UNF Hicks Hall, Building 53, Suite 1100)
  • Statement of Status of Eligibility

Mail the application packet, official transcripts and application fee to the following address:


University of North Florida

1 UNF Drive

Attention: Admissions

Jacksonville, FL 32224


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 until the program is filled - whichever comes first.