Education - Indian River State College
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As a teacher, you can make a difference in the lives of children and teens, helping to shape them into productive adults. Employment opportunities for teachers on the Treasure Coast are excellent, especially in the high-demand fields of math, science, ESE and bilingual education.


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Once You Complete the Program

Associate in Arts Degree students may focus on teaching elementary or exceptional education students, high school students or physical education during their first two years at IRSC after which they may continue their education with a Bachelor’s Degree program at IRSC or another college or university. Those looking to gain immediate employment may find opportunities to teach at the preschool level or serve as teaching assistants. Many Associate Degree students simultaneously earn technical certifications, arming them with additional, respected industry credentials upon graduation.

Students graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree may focus on elementary age children, teaching basic academic, social or other formative skills in a public or private school. Others choose to teach students in one or more subjects— such as English, mathematics or social studies—or teach occupational, career and technical, or developmental education subjects in a private or public school at the middle-school or high-school level.

Upcoming Information Sessions

Learn about IRSC Education programs by joining us on the second Thursday of each month, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Upcoming information sessions:


Academic Plans/Guided Pathways for Education

To view and print an Academic Plan/Guided Pathway, double-click on the program title.

For course descriptions, see the College Catalog.

Academic Plans/Guided Pathways are recommended sequences of courses and prerequisites needed to complete your degree. It is a general suggestion for when to take your courses; it is not a course schedule. Students should meet with their advisors to make appropriate course selections. The Academic Plans/Guided Pathways listed below are for the current academic year. Students should consult with their advisors for plan requirements specific to their academic year.

Associate in Arts

Complete your first two years of college at IRSC, and you’re guaranteed the right to transfer as a junior to a Bachelor’s Degree program at a Florida public university—or continue in a Bachelor’s Degree program at IRSC.

Early Childhood Education A.S.

Gain management and technical skills in many high-demand career fields, with the option to continue toward a Bachelor’s Degree at IRSC.

Technical (College Credit) Certificates

Earn valuable Technical (College Credit) Certificates at the same time you’re completing an A.S. Degree—get double the value and additional credentials by completing these blocks of courses.

Bachelor's of Science

Increase your earning power, and build on your Associate Degree with more than twenty 2+2 Bachelor’s Degree options at IRSC.

Note: Effective January, 2022, IRSC is no longer accepting applicants for Secondary Mathematics, Middle Grades Science and Secondary ​​Biology Baccalaureate programs.


* One of 15 degree programs with courses that can be completed fully online. At least one proctored assessment is required for each online course. These programs include multiple field experiences in Florida schools.

Contact the lead professor for more information:

Career Training

Student enrolled in Career and Technical Education programs build increasingly sophisticated skills in 150-hour modules.

Educator Preparation Institute

The Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) at IRSC provides a fast track to a teaching career for anyone who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in a field other than education. You can complete the program in less than a year with convenient day, evening and online classes. And, you’ll be well-prepared to become a highly qualified teacher with professional state certification.

IRSC is involved with the recruitment and education of teachers for Treasure Coast classrooms, and the EPI was developed to combat the teacher shortage. Certifications are available in all subject disciplines with a special emphasis on attracting teachers in math, science and Exceptional Student Education (ESE).  Adults ready for a career change, displaced workers, U.S. veterans and mothers entering the workforce are especially encouraged to enter the program.

Educator Preparation Institute Academic Plan/Guided Pathway

Courses requiring a field experience component in the public school setting are only offered during the Fall and Spring semesters.

EPI Admissions Requirements

Complete the IRSC application for admission.

You must hold a Bachelor's Degree to submit this application; $30 application fee is required.

On the Application Profile, complete the fields as follows:

  • Academic Level = Bachelor
  • Program of Study = E.P.I. - Educator Preparation Institute Certificate
  • Anticipated Start = Select the semester that you intend to begin taking classes.
  • Campus = Select the preferred campus to receive advisement and other services.
  • Student Type = Select the type that best matches you.

Complete the EPI Student Data Form and submit to Molly Bottorff at  

Apply to the Florida Department of Education for a Statement of Status of Eligibility and submit a copy to Molly Bottorff at This statement must show you as eligible for a temporary certificate before you can be admitted into the EPI program.

To obtain a Statement of Eligibility from the Florida Department of Education, apply online at or contact the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE), Bureau of Educator Certification at to have an application mailed to you. You may also obtain an application from a local school district office.

To obtain a temporary certificate, choose only one subject area and pay the fee directly to FLDOE; be sure to submit official transcripts (directly from the institutions or in a sealed envelope) from ALL postsecondary institutions to the FLDOE.

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