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EPI Curriculum

What Will I Learn?

The EPI curriculum addresses competencies on higher levels of complexity as the program proceeds. Six integrated instructional modules, plus Florida's Reading Competency 2 course, address the statewide EPI curriculum and the FEAPS, and provide instruction in professional knowledge, reading strategies, and exceptional student education (ESE).


A central element of the competency-based curriculum provides you with practical information, blended with essential theory and real-life practice, to provide the knowledge and skills that you will need to be a successful classroom teacher.

Course Descriptions

EPI 001 Instructional Design and Lesson Planning 3 credit hours

  1. Aligns instruction with state-adopted standards at the appropriate level of rigor
  2. Sequences lessons and concepts to ensure coherence and required prior knowledge
  3. Designs instruction for students to achieve mastery
  4. Detects appropriate formative assessments to monitor learning
  5. Uses diagnostic students' data to plan lessons
  6. Develops learning experiences that require students to demonstrate a variety of applicable skills and competencies

EPI 002 The Learning Environment 3 credit hours

  1. Organizes, allocates, and manages the resources of time, space, and attention
  2. Manages individual and class behaviors through a well-planned management system
  3. Conveys high expectations to all students
  4. Respects students' cultural, linguistic and family background
  5. Models clear, acceptable oral and written communication skills
  6. Maintains a climate of openness, inquiry, fairness and support
  7. Integrates current information and communication technologies
  8. Adapts the learning environment to accommodate the differing needs and diversity of students
  9. Utilizes current and emerging assistive technologies that enable students to participate in high-quality communication interactions and achieve their educational goals.

EPI 003 Instructional Delivery and Facilitation 3 credit hours

  1. Deliver engaging and challenging lessons
  2. Deepen and enrich students' understanding through content area literacy strategies, verbalization of thought, and application of the subject matter
  3. Identify gaps in students' subject matter knowledge
  4. Modify instruction to respond to preconceptions or misconceptions
  5. Relate and integrate the subject matter with other disciplines and life experiences
  6. Employ higher-order questioning techniques
  7. Apply varied instructional strategies and resources, including appropriate technology, to provide comprehensible instruction, and to teach for student understanding
  8. Differentiate instruction based on an assessment of student learning needs and recognition of individual differences in students
  9. Support, encourage, and provide immediate and specific feedback to students to promote student achievement
  10. Utilize student feedback to monitor instructional needs and to adjust instruction.

EPI 004 Assessment 3 credit hours

  1. Analyzes and applies data from multiple assessments and measures to diagnose students' learning needs, informs instruction based on those needs, and drives the learning process;
  2. Designs and aligns formative and summative assessments that match learning objectives and lead to mastery;
  3. Uses a variety of assessment tools to monitor student progress, achievement and learning gains;
  4. Modifies assessments and testing conditions to accommodate learning styles and varying levels of knowledge;
  5. Shares the importance and outcomes of student assessment data with the student and the student's parent/caregiver(s); and
  6. Applies technology to organize and integrate assessment information.

EPI 005 Continuous Improvement, Professional Responsibility, Ethics 3 credit hours

  1. Designs purposeful professional goals to strengthen the effectiveness of instruction based on students' needs
  2. Examines and uses data-informed research to improve instruction and student achievement
  3. Collaborates with the home, school and larger communities to foster communication and to support student learning and continuous improvement
  4. Engages in targeted professional growth opportunities and reflective practices, both independently and in collaboration with colleagues
  5. Implements knowledge and skills learned in professional development in the teaching and learning process.

Understanding that educators are held to a high moral standard in a community, the effective educator adheres to the Code of Ethics and the Principles of Professional Conduct of the Education Profession of Florida, pursuant to State Board of Education Rules 6B-1.001 and 6B-1.006, F.A.C, and fulfills the expected obligations to students, the public and the education profession.

EPI 006 Practicum 3 credit hours

The state of Florida EPI requirements includes a demonstration of mastery of field-based competencies. For those UNF EPI program participants who are currently employed in a teaching position, this requirement will be satisfied within the context of their current classroom. School-based and UNF support teams will provide mentoring, while the principal and Clinical Supervisors confirm their mastery of the field-based competencies.

EPI 007 Reading Competency 2 3 credit hours

The EPI Reading Competency 2 Course is a revision of the Florida Online Reading Professional Development (FOR-PD) which was developed as a staff development project designed to help teachers improve reading instruction for learners in grades preK-12. The project was funded through the Just Read Florida office. The revision was necessary to include additional competencies in literacy instruction developed by the State of Florida.