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Teacher Education & K-12 Programs

Educator Preparation Institute (EPI)

Program Description

This teacher certification program is designed for professionals with non-education bachelor's degrees to help them transition into teaching careers. Once the program is completed, students will be eligible to begin teaching in Florida.

It consists of seven online hybrid courses and one practicum experience course. (All eight must be successfully completed at Palm Beach State College. EPI credits cannot be transferred. ) 

The required courses provide the student with a baseline of knowledge in educational theory, effective teaching strategies, classroom management and instructional technology.

Depending on the student's course load, the program can be completed in as few as 3-5 semesters.

Note: Financial Aid may be available

 


Information Session Videos

Information Session Video - How to Apply

 

Information Session Video - EPI Program

 

 


Pathway to Florida Professional Educator Certification

Entrance requirements:

  • Passing scores on all four sections of the General Knowledge Test (GKT)
  • Statement of Status of Eligibility or Temporary Certificate from the FLDOE
  • Bachelor’s degree with a 2.5 or higher GPA
  • Desire to teach


Steps to Apply

Applicants meeting the entrance requirements will apply to the program and have an entrance interview with the program director. Registration for EPI classes is available only after applicants are accepted into the Educator Preparation Institute.

Step 1: Before you complete the EPI application, apply to Palm Beach State College.  (Your Program Objective Code is F225.)

Step 2: Applicants will need to provide official transcripts from previous institutions during the admission process. For more details, view the Transcript Request page.

Step 3: Apply for Statement of Eligibility from Florida Department of Education (FDOE)

Step 4: Prepare for and take the General Knowledge Test (GKT)

  • Preparation for test includes self-study, Continuing Education courses, and study guides (located on the 3rd floor of the PBSC library)

Step 5 : Once a passing score is achieved on GKT, apply to the EPI program  |  Apply Now 


EPI Application Deadlines

EPI Application Deadline Dates
Application Deadline Enrollment Term
July 1 Fall – August Start Date
September 1 Fall – October Start Date
December 1 Spring – January Start Date
February 1 Spring – March Start Date
April 1 Summer – May Start Date
June 1 Summer – June Start Date

Note: Review the Academic Calendar for exact start dates.


Professional Development

Professional Development courses are open to all teachers or future teachers wishing to continue their education or to obtain additional credentials to support them. 

Florida Teacher Certification Exams (FTCE) are required to obtain a professional teaching certificate in the state of Florida, and in some cases even required in order to teach at private, charter, or alternative schools. Sometimes preparing for these exams can be challenging. Palm Beach State College's Institute of Teacher Education has one and two day review courses to help you prepare and successfully pass these exams. The objective of these courses is to review the competencies for each exam, as well as give you valuable tools to help you study.

Associate of Arts degree seeking students are required to have passing scores on the General Knowledge Test (GKT) in order to transfer to a Florida university if they are majoring in Education.

How to Prepare for Your Teacher Certification Test

The following video series from Pearson Education Inc. provides a general overview of test preparation and test-taking strategies. It is designed to help you prepare for your FTCE/FELE test by describing how to use the study resources provided on this website.

FTCE Preparation Video

Multiple Choice Tutorial

Essay Tutorial

Check back soon for new information 

 


Recertification/Renewal of Teaching Certificate

Palm Beach State College offers courses that may count toward the renewal of the Florida Professional Teaching Certificate. Learn more about these opportunities

The Teacher Education Professional Development program at Palm Beach State College now offers ESOL compliance courses. These courses meet ESOL compliance for Teachers and Administrators for the School District of Palm Beach County and state certification in ESOL K-12 (in addition to a passing score on the FTCE subject area exam: ESOL K-12).

The following two courses have been approved for ESOL Compliance:

  • SYG1251:  Cross-Cultural Communications
  • LIN2740:  Applied Linguistics

These courses are not offered during the summer term.

Enrollment Process:

Step 1:  Complete a Palm Beach State College application as a non-degree-seeking student. In the enrollment intention section of the application, choose the following as your enrollment intention:

I intend on taking college credit courses as a non-degree-seeking student. This option is for students who wish to take credit courses for job improvement. (Program Objective: 3407)

If you have a current college application which does not reflect Program Objective 3407, you must amend your current application before proceeding to step 3 by submitting a program objective change form.

Program Objective Change Form


Step 2:  
Submit official copies of any higher education transcripts to the Palm Beach State College Registration Office. Transcripts must be sent by the institutions electronically to Palm Beach State College.

If you have already submitted your transcripts previously to take courses, you can skip this step, unless you attended another institution since the last time you were enrolled at Palm Beach State College.

It will take 3-5 business days for processing time for acceptance and issuance of your valid Palm Beach State College Student ID number.

Step 3:  Using your new student ID # and your PIN, log into the PantherWeb system, search for the course(s) and reference number(s) in which you wish to be enrolled.

Course availability can be searched by clicking on "Search for Classes" on the college website. This will provide specific day/time information for SYG1251 or LIN2740.

You will be able to add the course directly to your schedule on the PantherWeb system.

Enrollment Process:

Complete a Palm Beach State College application as a non-degree-seeking student. In the enrollment intention section of the application, choose the following as your enrollment intention:
I intend on taking college credit courses as a non-degree-seeking student. This option is for students who wish to take credit courses for job improvement or teacher recertification. (Program Objective: 3407).

Tuition Waiver:

Current classroom teachers for the School District of Palm Beach County (SDPBC) are entitled to a tuition waiver for special education, math, and/or science courses.

Introduction to Special Education (EEX2010) is an eligible course for tuition waiver.

1. If you are eligible for tuition waiver based on your employment status, fill out the tuition waiver form below, including the course ID, reference number, and agency authorization (school principal or HR department for the SDPBC). You MUST be a current student of Palm Beach State College with a student ID. Tuition Waiver Form

2. Once you have the form completed you can submit this form for approval to the College registrar’s office one business day prior to the last day of the add/drop registration period.

3. Upon approval of your tuition waiver, you will be able to self-enroll through the PantherWeb system using your student ID and password and tuition will be waived at that time.

Please keep in mind that approval for tuition waiver is contingent on there still being at least one seat available in the course one day prior to the last day of the add/drop registration period.

Tuition waiver form MUST be approved by the College registrar’s office in order for fees to be waived.

For more information on the tuition waiver process, please contact Teacher Education Professional Development at TeacherEducation@palmbeachstate.edu.

Teacher Education (TE) is proud to offer a reading course which addresses the second competency for teachers seeking the Reading Endorsement. Our professional development provides meaningful and authentic learning, access to a variety of research-based best practices, and practical application for increased student performance. The Reading Endorsement course is available and open to educators in Palm Beach County wishing to continue their education or to obtain additional credentials supporting them while striving to be effective teachers.

EPI0010 - Foundation of Research-Based Practices in Reading (Competency 2)

This course provides the participant with substantive knowledge of language structure and function as well as reading strategies for the content area classroom. The participant will identify, illustrate, and utilize principles of phonemic awareness, fluency, building vocabulary, instructional texts, meta-comprehension, instructional practices and strategies, diverse learners, and electronic texts to create effective reading practices.

*Students cannot self-enroll in this course due to enrollment restrictions.

Enrollment Process:

Step 1:  Complete a Palm Beach State College online college credit application. On the enrollment intention section of the application, choose the following as your enrollment intention: "I intend on taking college credit courses as a non-degree-seeking student". This is the option for students who wish to take credit courses for job improvement or teacher re-certification. (Program Objective: 3407).

If you have a current college application which does not reflect the correct Program Objective or enrollment intention, you must amend your current application using the form below. You may then proceed to step 4.

Program Objective Change Form

Step 2:  Submit to Palm Beach State College Registration Office any higher education transcripts (these documents must be sent electronically by the institutions). 

If you have already submitted your transcripts previously to take courses, you may skip this step - unless you attended another institution since the last time you were enrolled at Palm Beach State College.

It will take 3-5 business days for processing time for acceptance and issuance of your valid Palm Beach State College Student ID number.

Step 3:  Students enrolling in EPI0010 Foundation of Research-Based Practices in Reading will need to submit a Reading Endorsement Request Form to TeacherEducation@palmbeachstate.edu. This course has restricted enrollment. Students cannot self-enroll in this course.

To search for course availability and schedule, go to the class search webpage. Choose the term and course (EPI0010). You will then be provided with the specific day/time information needed to submit your enrollment request form.

Once you submit your request for enrollment, it will be forwarded to the Associate Dean for approval and enrollment. After the Associate Dean has enrolled you in the class, a confirmation of your registration will be emailed to you so that you may pay your tuition by the payment due date. Failure to pay tuition by your designated due date will result in automatic cancellation of enrollment by the Registration Office.

 


Contact Us

Phone: 561-868-3823  l  Fax: 561-868-3538  |  Email Teacher Education

Office Location: Lake Worth campus / CE Building
4200 Congress Avenue, MS #12
Lake Worth, Fl 33461-4796

Theresa Wilson, Administrative Assistant II
561-868-3823

Dr. Karline S. Prophete, Program Director
561-868-3872

 

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