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FGCU's Teacher Immersion Program Accepting Applications through Nov. 1 For Spring Cohort; Information Session Aug. 15

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University's Teacher Immersion Program (TIP) is accepting applications through Nov. 1 for its 2008 TIP cohort from individuals interested in becoming K-12 classroom teachers. Candidates who hold a bachelor's degree may apply.

TIP offers flexible scheduling of classes (online, Saturdays), which include 9 graduate credits that may be applied to a master's degree. TIP is a state-approved teacher preparation program, which develops the candidate's knowledge and skills in classroom management, best instructional practices, literacy strategies, the psychology of learning, educational technology, and foundation of education. TIP students may use their own classrooms for their internship/practicum.

To qualify for TIP, candidates must complete an application packet, including a one to two page statement with the candidate's 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 2.5 or higher.

Qualified applicants are eligible for full tuition scholarships under a federal grant.

An information session will be held 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 15 in room 102 Academic Building III at FGCU. The information session covers all aspects of teacher training offered at FGCU, including individual coursework as well as details on the TIP program. To reserve a seat, contact Charisse Chambers-Smiley at (239) 590-7797.

To download an application and read the details, visit the FGCU TIP Web site at For more information, contact Susan Kohler, TIP coordinator at

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