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GCSC to Host Teacher Preparation Institute

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If you ever wanted to become a teacher in your second (or third) career, your chance is now, and you can learn all about the Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) program at Gulf Coast State College on April 9, starting at 5:30 p.m.

The EPI program has an exceptional track record: 

  • Since Gulf Coast began the program in 2005, all of the completers who have sat for the certification exam have passed.
  • This past year, 25 percent of the teachers chosen to compete as Bay County's Teacher of the Year were graduates of Gulf Coast's EPI program.
  • Five of the GCSC EPI graduates were selected as a 2012 Teacher of the Year in the Bay District School System.

Gulf Coast is hosting a free community forum to explain this unique program for those who already hold a bachelor's degree and want to become teachers in the K-12 system. In six to eight months, the EPI program prepares completers to take the Florida Teacher Certification Exams. Students from varied backgrounds and all kinds of previous careers have found tremendous success in the classroom.

Those interested in this alternative route to teacher certification are encouraged to attend the forum on the College's Panama City Campus in Room 112 of the Social Sciences building, Tuesday, April 9, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

For more information, visit www.gulfcoast.edu or contact Teresa Salter, (850) 769-1551, ext. 3393.