Teacher Immersion Program
The Teacher Immersion Program (TIP) is an Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) approved by
the Florida Department of Education that provides an alternative route to certification. This
program is designed for career changers and those with degrees in areas other than education
who wish to become teachers. It is delivered at the graduate level and includes eight 3-credit
hour courses, including an internship
Whether you are a career-changer with a passion for teaching or a current teacher seeking to
meet Florida State certification requirements, FGCU’s Teacher Immersion Program offers a
unique and effective way for you to meet your professional goals.
Advantages of a state-approved Educator Preparation Institute
Upon completion of the TIP program, you will be qualified to receive a 5-year
Professional Educator’s Certificate from the Florida Department of Education.
Certification through a state-approved program means greater portability relative to other
certification routes, and certification is recognized by states which have teacher
certification reciprocity with Florida.
TIP completers will find their skills more marketable in a competitive job market.
The TIP Internship
TIP allows candidates who may have limited or no teaching experience to spend time in a
real K-12 classroom, developing lesson plans, working with students and assuming actual
TIP provides opportunity to work with a highly-qualified internship supervisor and a
cooperating teacher in a local school district.
TIP provides an excellent way for beginning teachers to make contacts in the local
For more information about the Teacher Immersion Program, please contact Dr. Schmidt at
Florida Gulf Coast University College of Education – Teacher Immersion Program
Merwin Hall | 10501 FGCU Blvd South | Fort Myers, Florida 33965
Phone: (239) 590-1557 | http://www.fgcutip.com | firstname.lastname@example.org