Information on Teacher Certification
Pathways offered through Florida Gulf Coast University
This describes Alternatives to degree programs for individuals with a Bachelor’s degree in an area outside of education who are interested in becoming teachers. All courses are offered at the graduate-level, making it possible to apply some of them to a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction at FGCU.
The following link is to Frequently Asked Questions regarding Alternative Certification answered by the Florida Department of Education:
Florida Department of Education FAQs about Alternative Certification
There are three paths to teacher certification available through FGCU:
FGCU offers five graduate courses approved by the State of Florida for teacher certification. FGCU also offers a state-approved special methods course for students seeking secondary certification. Students who successfully complete these courses and meet the three state certification exam requirements may be eligible for a temporary teaching certificate upon being hired in a full-time teaching position.
Prospective students must submit an application to the Office of Graduate Admissions as a post-Baccalaureate non-degree seeking student/Teacher Certification. Upon acceptance to FGCU, students can contact our office for assistance in registering for certification courses.
Teacher Immersion Program (TIP)
TIP is a state approved program that qualifies completers for a 5 year Professional Teaching Certificate. This program is competency-based and meets all Florida Educator Accomplished Practices. A special feature of this program is a practicum course that includes 15 day intensive internship in a K-12 classroom.
- Bachelor’s degree
- Statement of Eligibility for a Temporary Certificate from the Florida Department of Education
- Passing score on all four sections of the General Knowledge Test
- Passing score on the Subject Area Exam
- GPA of 2.75 or above
- Three letters of recommendation from professionals
- Application Process
Prospective students must submit an application to the Office of Graduate Admissions as a post-Baccalaureate non-degree seeking student/Teacher Certification/TIP. Upon acceptance to FGCU, students will work with a faculty advisor to develop a program of study.
Teacher Credential Certificate (TCC)
The post-baccalaureate Teacher Credential Certificate (TCC) program is designed for students with baccalaureate degrees in fields other than education, who seek to meet the licensure/certification requirements for a Florida Educator’s Certificate. FGCU offers six undergraduate courses approved by the State of Florida for TCC. Individual completing the program meet all of the coursework requirements specified on a Florida Statement of Eligibility for educator certification. Teaching practicum and Florida Teacher Certification Exam requirements are not addressed in the program, and must be completed prior to applying for a Professional Educator’s Certificate from the Florida Department of Education.