Teacher Education


Do you have a non-education bachelor's degree?
Would you like to become a certified teacher?

If your answer to these questions is Yes, SJR State's EPI program is designed to prepare you for an exciting career as a teacher in Florida.

SJR State's EPI Program is designed to provide the knowledge necessary to obtain a Florida Professional Teaching Certificate and prepare you for the Professional Education Test.

Let SJR State help you gain the professional qualifications you need for an exciting new career in education!

SJR State's Educator Preparation Institute Satisfies the following requirements:

  • The Professional Preparation Courses listed on the Statement of Status of Eligibility;
  • The Professional Education Competence Program requirement;
  • The Practical Teaching Experience requirement (one year full-time teaching experience in an elementary or secondary school).

In addition to completing the EPI coursework, the EPI participant must take and pass all three of the Florida Teacher Certification Exams (General Knowledge, Subject Area and Professional Education) in order to successfully complete the Educator Preparation Institute program. Please note some of these exams are required to be taken prior to admission into the program.

EPI Interviews
EPI Interviews for the Fall 2024 semester that will begin in August will be held on the following dates:

  • June 5
  • June 10
  • June 25

Interviews are being conducted virtually via Zoom, however in-person interviews are available upon request. For more information or to set up an appointment, please contact Dawn Boles in the Teacher Education Department at 904-808-7456 or at .

"Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of the right answers." - Josef Albers