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Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Blvd S.
Fort Myers, FL. 33965-6565

Phone: (239) 590-1006
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FGCU's Teacher Immersion Program Accepting Applications through April 10 for 2007-08 TIP Academy

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University's Teacher Immersion Program accepts applications for the 2007-08 TIP Academy from individuals interested in becoming K-12 classroom teachers through April 10. Candidates who hold any bachelor's degree in any subject area are encouraged to apply.

The TIP Academy, a state approved teacher preparation 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.

Unlike noncredit or continuing education programs, participants in the FGCU Teacher Immersion Program earn a total of 9 graduate credit hours, which can be applied toward a master's degree.

To qualify for Teacher Immersion Programs, candidates must complete an application packet, including a one to two page statement providing the candidate's reason or reasons for wanting to become a teacher, two letters of recommendation describing the candidate's potential to be a successful teacher of moral and ethical character, provide a copy of undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and have an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher.

Tuition for the program is $3,995; however qualified applicants are eligible for full tuition scholarships, under a United States Department of Education grant.

An information session will be held 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 27 in room 205 Academic Building III at FGCU. To reserve a seat, contact Charisse Chambers-Smiley at (239) 590-7797.

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

For more information, contact professor and associate dean of Graduate Studies Patricia Wachholz at

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