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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 Masters of Education degree in Community and Social Change. Americorps awards may be applied toward both of these degrees. Additional opportunities for funding include, the University of Miami’s SEALED research project, which offers 90 percent tuition funding to current M-DCPS secondary teachers of core subjects.

Teach For America Training

The summer before you begin teaching, Teach For America Miami-Dade hosts a six-week Institute training session in Miami, Florida, for new corps members from Miami-Dade, Orlando, and Jacksonville. Here are some details about this year’s training.

When Summer Training Takes Place 

The approximate training dates are June 1, 2019 to July 12, 2019.

What to Expect During Our Training

Summer programming starts when you arrive in Miami. It is a total of seven weeks and includes four parts designed to prepare you to teach and lead in Miami-Dade: 

  • Week 1 Induction: Get to know Miami and start to build relationships with your fellow 2018 corps members, community members, and regional staff.
  • Weeks 2-6 Institute: Engage in meaningful learning experiences and teach summer school.  
  • Week 7 Orientation: Apply your learnings from institute to plan for your classroom in the fall and receive support from regional staff.
  • School Year Kick Off: Gather for one day with your entire Teach For America community—first- and second-year corps members and alumni—to build relationships, connect, and commit to a thriving year.

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