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Florida Gulf Coast University
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Fort Myers, FL. 33965-6565
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All Florida Required Courses for K-12 Teachers' Reading Endorsement
Now Offered Online at FGCU
FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University this fall begins offering online all five required reading endorsement courses to help middle and high school teachers fulfill the mandate by the State of Florida to be "highly qualified" by 2006.
Florida Statute 6A-4.0292, Specialization Requirements for the Reading Endorsement, requires all teachers who instruct secondary students in reading to earn 15 additional college credits or 300 hours of specialized in-service training by June 30, 2006.
The endorsement helps fulfill the "highly qualified" requirement of the "No Child Left Behind" act and the Florida Department of Education "Just Read, Florida" initiative.
To meet the mandates, FGCU encourages teachers anywhere in Florida who hold a bachelor's degree to enroll now as a post-baccalaureate non-degree seeking student. Applications for admission are available online at http://enrollment.fgcu.edu/registration/non-deg.html and can be mailed or returned in person to FGCU.
FGCU advises applicants to read all admission requirements before completing the form. FGCU classes begin Monday, Aug. 22. The application fee is $30 and each three-credit hour graduate course costs about $700.
While these five online courses provide a practical and flexible way for teachers to meet the required reading endorsement, the five courses can also lead to a master's degree for educators.
"FGCU's five courses are part of the master's degree in reading so once the endorsement is completed, educators can pursue a master's degree in reading which prepares them for certification in reading K-12," said Linda Ray, associate dean of Undergraduate Studies in the College of Education.
The State of Florida reviews all teacher transcripts on a course-by-course basis to determine each teacher's eligibility to receive the endorsement.
FGCU says the online instruction is an exciting, interactive delivery method available any time of day. The online courses provide teachers with the ability to schedule their class time around their professional and personal lives, and in the privacy of their own home. Teachers may complete some of their courses with as little as a course textbook, other instructional materials and the use of a computer with Internet access. Instructors are accessible to students electronically and in person.
Admission requirements, course credits and tuition for distance learning courses are the same as for classroom-based courses. All campus services such as financial aid, the library and the bookstore are available in addition to Florida's other distance learning resources such as the Southern Regional Education Board's Electronic Campus and Academic Common Market.
For more information, media representatives should contact Ray at (239) 590-7783.