Office of the Dean
College of Education
Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Blvs S
Fort Myers, FL. 33965
Can I be admitted to the COE before I finish my Florida AA?
Yes, you can be admitted while you are completing your AA. Your admission will be contingent upon your completing your AA by the time you specify on your application. We encourage transfer students to apply early to FGCU and to attend an early orientation. When you meet with the COE advisors at the orientation, you will work out your schedule for the next term and be permitted to register for classes early. You are permitted a one semester grace period, but there will be a restriction from any further registration until your original application materials are received.
Can I take College of Education classes before I have completed all of my admission requirements and prerequisite courses?
If you are within three to six semester hours of meeting all of your course prerequisites, we will permit you to take up to 12 hours of COE classes while you are completing your admission requirements. Prerequisite courses must be registered for before or at the same time as COE courses.
If all admission requirements are not completed by the time you complete 12 hours of COE upper level program courses, you will not be permitted to register for more courses in the COE until all admission requirements are met.
How do I get certified to teach?
The most desirable way from a teacher preparation and employability standpoint is to acquire a degree in teaching from an accredited College of Education, such as we have here at FGCU.
In some circumstances, if you already have a bachelor’s degree or higher in an area other than education, you may be eligible to teach in Florida on a temporary basis. For more information concerning certification in Florida visiit our web site at http://coe.fgcu.edu/teachercertification.html.
How do I figure out which courses to take for my degree?
All programs of study are printed in the FGCU catalog and are available on the web at www.fgcu.edu. The COE website will maintain curriculum maps for both the lower level coursework which includes all prerequisites for admission and the upper level coursework and testing required to graduate.
Advisor’s are available by appointment to clarify a program of study. Undergraduate students should contact the Advising Desk at (239) 590-7778, and Graduate students should contact their assigned Faculty Advisor for assistance.
How do I get certified to teach in high school?
Complete the College of Education Secondary Education Program in Biology, Mathematics, Social Sciences, or Special Education K – 12 , or;
Complete a bachelor’s program in a major area taught in the high schools and make an appointment with a COE Academic Advisor to plan to Minor in Education and discuss an alternative certification route.
Can I have a double major or a minor?
Although it is technically possible to have a double major it is not recommended for Education majors. You can minor outside of the education college, but due to the number of designated hours in the Education majors, with no room for electives, you will be adding at least a semester to your schedule and will be required to put off graduation.
Do you offer distance or evening programs?
The undergraduate degree programs are day and evening, full and part-time programs. There are a few courses in the programs that are offered in a virtual environment, but the majority of the coursework is on campus. The undergraduate elementary education program is also offered in Charlotte County. It only starts in the fall of each year.
Most of the graduate and certification-only courses are offered in the evening and some are offered through distance learning.
How much is your tuition?
Check the Office of the Bursar’s website at http://www.fgcu.edu/Cashiers/tuition-and-fees.html for the most recent tuition and fee information. A student must be a Florida resident for 1 year in order to qualify for resident tuition.
What is non-degree seeking/certification?
Any students who plan to take a few courses toward certification, or who are taking courses to maintain a certification, should apply to FGCU as post-baccalaureate seeking/teacher certification student. The date of non- degree registration is published on the Academic Calendar on the front page of the FGCU website.
Can you send me information?
Information packets are sent directly to prospective students from the FGCU Office of Admissions. Fill out the Prospective Student Request Info in the top right hand corner at http://www.fgcu.edu/Admissions/Prospective/prospective.html and information will be mailed to you within 24 hours.