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FGCU Accepts Applications through April 13 for Summer Teacher Immersion Program

FORT MYERS, FL - The Florida Gulf Coast University Teacher Immersion Program accepts applications through Wednesday, April 13 for the Summer TIP Program 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 for science, mathematics, elementary and special education. The TIP Academy develops the candidate's knowledge and skill relative to classroom management, best instructional practices and literacy strategies for content areas.

During the summer program, participants take three courses worth nine credit hours toward professional certification and education competence. Participants may elect an intensive weekend program that meets May 6-7, 20-21, June 3-4, 10-11, 24-25, July 8-9, 15-16 and 29-30, along with one evening class that meets 6 p.m. to 9:45 p.m., Tuesdays, May 10 to July 12.

A second option is a daytime academy that meets from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays, June 13 to July 14.

FGCU offers the final three courses for certification in the fall and spring semesters.

To qualify for the TIP Academy, 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 provide 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 Patricia Wachholz at (239) 590-7808 or .

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