Academic & Student Affairs

English for Academic Purposes (EAP)


Welcome to the Florida College System English for Academic Purposes webpage. This page is designed to provide resources and updates related to the English for Academic Purposes initiatives, and provides definitions, related policies, course information and data related to Florida College System EAP programs. Information will be updated as additional resources are made available.

What is English for Academic Purposes or EAP?

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) refers to an English language program that focuses on helping international and immigrant students acquire the advanced competencies in academic English that will be necessary for them to complete their degree program. EAP programs provide language instruction for non-native speakers of English who intend to earn associate or bachelor’s degrees in Florida colleges.  Students completing EAP courses must have earned at least a high school diploma. Although our students come from a variety of backgrounds, they are united in their desire to learn academic English in order to succeed with their higher education and career goals.

State Board of Education Rules

Rule 6A-14.030: Postsecondary Instructional Unit Definitions and Awards in Florida College System Institutions.

14) English for Academic Purposes. Each Florida College System institution is authorized to provide, according to the needs of its students, instruction that provides English Language Learners with essential language and academic preparation necessary to enroll in college credit instruction in Communications. Satisfactory completion of such instruction shall be recognized by the award of units of measure called institutional credit (0100-0400 series pursuant to the Statewide Course Numbering System EAP taxonomy) or college credit (1500-1600 series pursuant to the Statewide Course Numbering System EAP taxonomy) as defined in paragraphs 6A-10.033(1)(a),(d), F.A.C

Rule 6A-10.0315: Common Placement Testing and Instruction

(3) Students whose first language is not English may be placed in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) instruction prior to the required common placement testing, if such instruction is otherwise demonstrated as being necessary. Such students shall not be exempt from common placement testing.  In addition, EAP students’ language proficiency may be assessed with a standardized English language placement test. Institutions may choose to incorporate scores from supplemental placement instruments, such as a writing sample.  

Student Financial Aid Information

Federal Student Aid Handbook

Federal Student Aid Handbook Vol. 1, Chapter 1, page 4, a student may receive FSA funds for English as a second language (ESL) courses that are part of a larger eligible program. ESL courses don’t count against the one-year limitation (30 semester hours) on remedial coursework, and they need not be at the secondary school level.

EAP Consortium Contacts

Broward College
Andrea Apa
aapa@broward.edu
Palm Beach State College
Lourdes Marx
marxl@palmbeachstate.edu

Eastern Florida State College
Aggie Dobrosielski
dobrosielskiA@easternflorida.edu
Polk State College
Pam Jones
PCJones@polk.edu

Daytona State College
Keith Boswell
Keith.Boswell@daytonastate.edu
Santa Fe College
Tim Fojtik
tim.fojtik@sfcollege.edu

Florida Southwestern State College
William Troy Tucker
William.tucker@fsw.edu
Seminole Sate College of Florida
Pamela Patterson
pattersp@seminolestate.edu

Florida State College at Jacksonville
Militza Garrillo
mgarrill@fscj.edu
St. Petersburg College
Jeanna Ojeda
ojeda.jeanna@spcollege.edu

Hillsborough Community College
Susan Brown
sbrown52@hccfl.edu
State College of Florida
Maria Spelleri
spellem@scf.edu

Miami Dade College
Cynthia Schuemann
cschuema@mdc.edu
Valencia College
Nissa Hopkins
nhopkins3@valenciacollege.edu