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Fort Myers, FL. 33965-6565

Phone: (239) 590-1006
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FGCU Accepting Applications through Feb. 4 for Teacher Immersion Program; Launches Weekend Program for Aspiring Teachers

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University's Teacher Immersion Program accepts applications for TIP Academy, a new intensive weekend program, through Friday, Feb. 4 from individuals interested in becoming K-12 classroom teachers in fall 2005.

Candidates who hold a bachelor's degree in any subject area are encouraged to apply but preference is given to science, mathematics, elementary and special education.

The Teacher Immersion Program develops the candidate's knowledge and skill relative to classroom management, best instructional practices and literacy strategies for content areas as well as the psychology of learning, and foundations of American education.

Participants take six courses to earn 18 hours in graduate credit toward professional certification and education competence.

Unlike the traditional TIP Summer Academy that offers courses on weekdays during the summer, the new TIP Academy concentrates the same course content into class meetings that occur only on weekends.

The first course meets 6 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., Friday, Feb. 25 and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 26, and continues on weekends Feb. 25-26, March 18-19, April 8-9 and 22-23.

The next three courses meet weekends May 6-7, May 20-21, June 3-4, 10-11, 24-25, July 8-9, 15-16 and 29-30.

An evening class meets 6 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., Tuesdays, May 9 through July 15.

FGCU offers the final two courses in the fall and spring semesters.

To qualify for Teacher Immersion Programs, candidates must complete an application form, provide a copy of undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.

In addition, the applicant should supply two letters of recommendation describing the candidate's potential to be a successful teacher of moral and ethical character, write a one to two page statement providing the candidate's reason or reasons for wanting to become a teacher, and register for the Subject Area Exam.

If not currently on file with FGCU, the applicant must complete the FGCU non-degree application form and return it to Graduate Admissions with the $30 application fee, and provide proof of residency and immunization.

Students are responsible for tuition, fees, textbooks and supplies for 18 graduate hours of coursework. Students may be eligible for low cost student loans and other forms of financial aid.

To download an application and read application details, visit the FGCU Teacher Immersion Program web site at .

For more information, contact associate professor and chair of the Division of Educational Studies Patricia Wachholz at (239) 590-7808 or .

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