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.
EPI 001 Instructional Design and Lesson Planning 3 credit hours
- Aligns instruction with state-adopted standards at the appropriate level of rigor
- Sequences lessons and concepts to ensure coherence and required prior knowledge
- Designs instruction for students to achieve mastery
- Detects appropriate formative assessments to monitor learning
- Uses diagnostic students' data to plan lessons
- Develops learning experiences that require students to demonstrate a variety of applicable skills and competencies
EPI 002 The Learning Environment 3 credit hours
- Organizes, allocates, and manages the resources of time, space, and attention
- Manages individual and class behaviors through a well-planned management system
- Conveys high expectations to all students
- Respects students' cultural, linguistic and family background
- Models clear, acceptable oral and written communication skills
- Maintains a climate of openness, inquiry, fairness and support
- Integrates current information and communication technologies
- Adapts the learning environment to accommodate the differing needs and diversity of students
- 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
- Deliver engaging and challenging lessons
- Deepen and enrich students' understanding through content area literacy strategies, verbalization of thought, and application of the subject matter
- Identify gaps in students' subject matter knowledge
- Modify instruction to respond to preconceptions or misconceptions
- Relate and integrate the subject matter with other disciplines and life experiences
- Employ higher-order questioning techniques
- Apply varied instructional strategies and resources, including appropriate technology, to provide comprehensible instruction, and to teach for student understanding
- Differentiate instruction based on an assessment of student learning needs and recognition of individual differences in students
- Support, encourage, and provide immediate and specific feedback to students to promote student achievement
- Utilize student feedback to monitor instructional needs and to adjust instruction.
EPI 004 Assessment 3 credit hours
- 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;
- Designs and aligns formative and summative assessments that match learning objectives and lead to mastery;
- Uses a variety of assessment tools to monitor student progress, achievement and learning gains;
- Modifies assessments and testing conditions to accommodate learning styles and varying levels of knowledge;
- Shares the importance and outcomes of student assessment data with the student and the student's parent/caregiver(s); and
- Applies technology to organize and integrate assessment information.
EPI 005 Continuous Improvement, Professional Responsibility, Ethics 3 credit hours
- Designs purposeful professional goals to strengthen the effectiveness of instruction based on students' needs
- Examines and uses data-informed research to improve instruction and student achievement
- Collaborates with the home, school and larger communities to foster communication and to support student learning and continuous improvement
- Engages in targeted professional growth opportunities and reflective practices, both independently and in collaboration with colleagues
- 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.