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In order to be eligible to teach in Miami-Dade County Public Schools, corps members are required to pass a Subject Area Test and a General Knowledge Test prior to the start of the school year. Upon successful completion and passing of both exams, our teachers can obtain a temporary certificate that is valid for three years.

Becoming Certified to Teach

All corps members may work to obtain their professional teaching certificate while in the corps. The professional certificate is a five-year, renewable certificate for educators. Miami-Dade corps members have two options for seeking professional certification: the MINT 2.0 Professional Pathway to Certification or earning a master’s in education and social change through the University of Miami. The MINT 2.0 program is a free program offered to educators in Miami-Dade County and takes roughly two years to complete. The master’s in education and social change through the University of Miami begins the spring of a corps member’s first year and completes the summer of their second year. Corps members may use their AmeriCorps education award for the University of Miami’s master’s program. Learn more about MINT. 

Graduate School

Corps members may choose to pursue a masters through university partnerships like John’s Hopkins or the University of Miami. Johns Hopkins Master of Science in Education is a two-year online program which corps members may pursue for a master’s degree. The University of Miami offers a one- to two- years Master of Science degree in Education and Social Change. Americorps awards may be applied toward both of these degrees. Please click here to access the program contacts for UM to learn about funding opportunities.

Teach For America Training

All Teach For America Corps Members will engage in Pre-Service Training the summer before the start of the school year. Incoming Corps Members can expect Pre-Service to have some virtual and in-person components; more information to come. Once back in your region, there will be ongoing and targeted leadership development provided by the regional staff.