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Sept. 27, 2022 | FGCU is canceling all classes and non-essential campus activities Thursday and Friday. FGCU leaders will evaluate methods for students to make up for lost instructional time, which will likely include the use of planned study dates as regular academic class. Please expect updates to the academic calendar once we return to normal operations. For storm updates, visit fgcu.edu/emergencymanagement.

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Pathways to Certification

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.

Application Process:

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.

Admission Requirements: 

  • 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

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.

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Dr. Cynthia Martelli
Merwin Hall #253
10501 FGCU Boulevard South
Fort Myers, Florida 33965


(239) 590-7765