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Make teaching your next step with the Teacher Accelerator Program!

The Teacher Accelerator Program (TAP) creates a clear pathway for college seniors—not in the field of education—to graduate and enter the teaching profession. Beginning at our partnering universities, college seniors and career changers take a one-semester undergraduate course focusing on education foundations and teacher certification support. The course is followed by a paid summer internship where TAP participants will teach in Miami-Dade County Public Schools before landing a full-time teaching position. TAP participants will receive ongoing mentorship throughout their first year of teaching to support their professional development and to build a community of support.

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Begin your TAP journey at the University of Miami with a 3-credit, one-semester course offered in both fall and spring semesters. Classes meet once a week. 

Who’s it for?

UM Seniors and graduate students from any major 

Class Code: TAL 590/TAL 690

Option 1: Tuesdays, 6:35 – 9:20 pm Professor N’Dyah McCoy

Option 2: Wednesdays, 11:15 – 2:00 with Dr. Chakeia Andrews

How do I join?

Complete our interest form and then enroll in TAL590/690 on Canelink. Spring enrollment opens November 6, 2023 and closes January 24, 2024. Limited spots available.

Florida International University

Begin your TAP journey at FIU with a 3-credit, one semester course. Classes meet once a week. 

Who’s it for?

FIU Seniors from any major

Class Code: EDG 3321

Option 1: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.–12:40 p.m.

Option 2: Wednesdays, 5:00 p.m. to 7:40 p.m.

How do I join?

Complete our interest form and then enroll in EDG 3321 through MyFIU. The class is listed as “permission by department only.” You will need to contact the department for the enrollment code. Spring enrollment opens on November 7, 2023, and closes on January 16, 2024. Limited spots are available.

Begin your TAP journey at MDC with a one-semester course. Currently, MDC students will not receive college credits for the TAP course, but scholarships are available. Classes meet once a week.

Who’s it for?

MDC bachelor’s degree seeking students from any major in their final semester of schooling and professionals with bachelor’s degrees

Class Information

Option 1: Wednesdays, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Option 2: Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

All classes are hybrid. In-person classes take place on MDC’s Padrón Campus (627 SW 27th Ave., Miami, FL 33135)

Classes begin the week of January 22

How do I join?

Complete our interest form and meet with our Program Manager. If you meet all the requirements above, you will be invited to interview with a TAP Director.

For career-changing professionals: If you qualify for TAP, you will apply to be administered to MDC, and MDC staff will manually enroll you in the TAP course. You will need to provide proof of your bachelor’s degree. You can find our MDC enrollment guide here

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4 Steps to a Teaching Career

Teacher Accelerator Program’s path to teaching for noneducation majors

Take 1-Semester Course
A college-level course prepares noneducation majors to teach in K-12 classrooms. Students will develop instructional skills and sensitivities vital for the classroom, get hands-on experience and receive certification support.
Paid Summer Internship
Get paid experience as a TAP participant in a summer teaching internship with Achieve Miami, Teach For America Miami-Dade. This hands-on experience and training will prepare you for certification exams.
Certified + Teaching Job
Once you’re certified, you’ll receive a contract to teach at Miami-Dade County Public Schools. TAP helps support certification fees and costs.
Mentorship + Support
TAP participants will be supported in their first year of teaching, gain access to ongoing professional development with community partners and network with peers in Greater Miami

Exciting News!

Achieve Miami’s Teacher Accelerator Program Expands to Miami-Dade College and Florida International University


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Frequently Asked Questions

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Who is TAP for?
If you’re a college senior, graduate student, or career changer looking to make an impact, then you should enroll in the Teacher Accelerator Program. TAP equips college students and career changers with the skills and certification necessary to excel as classroom teachers. TAP is tailored for non-education majors who want to leverage their knowledge from their respective fields and career experiences in the classroom. TAP is open to college students and professionals with at least a 4-year degree, offering aspiring educators an opportunity to make a meaningful impact.
Why would TAP be a good fit for me?
TAP provides a clear route to a career in education. College Students: As college seniors and graduate students, TAP provides a meaningful path right out of college. It allows you to immediately channel your passion and knowledge into a rewarding teaching career. You can inspire young minds and embark on a fulfilling journey, sharing your enthusiasm while helping students learn and grow. Career Changers: For those looking to make a career change, TAP offers a stable income and flexibility to work with the schedules of students. This transition can be particularly appealing if you seek a profession with job security and opportunities to make a real difference in the lives of children. TAP equips you with the skills and support needed for a successful teaching career, allowing you to experience the joys of teaching and providing ongoing guidance and professional development opportunities.
How does the program work? What’s my commitment?
Enroll Today. Enroll in the Teacher Accelerator Program to begin a one-semester course that prepares aspiring educators to teach in K-12 classrooms.

Paid Summer Internship. Earn $5,000 for a summer internship with Achieve Miami & Teach For America Miami-Dade.

Start Teaching. Obtain the initial certification and secure a teaching position in a Miami-Dade County Public School.

Ongoing Mentorship. Participants will have access to professional development resources & networking opportunities.
Do I get college credits when I take the TAP course?
At the University of Miami and Florida International University, yes. The TAP at UM and TAP at FIU courses provide 3 college credits. At Miami-Dade College, students do not currently receive college credit towards a degree. While TAP at MDC doesn't contribute to your academic credit, it provides a valuable opportunity to further your expertise and passion for education, equipping you with the skills to excel as a teacher.
How do I register for TAP?
Candidates should fill out the Teacher Accelerator Program interest form.

At Miami-Dade College, baccalaureate students on track to graduate and professionals with a bachelor’s degree can enroll in course EPI 0004, with enrollment available from October 23 to January 9. For career changers, applying to MDC is the first step to course enrollment.

At Florida International University, students on track to graduate with a degree in any major can join course EDG 3321, conducted in person on campus. The enrollment period for FIU runs through January 16.

At the University of Miami, students on track to graduate can enroll in TAL 590 and graduate students are able to enroll in TAL 690.
Where would I be teaching?
TAP provides the opportunity to choose from any of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools that have an open teaching position. Once you go through the program, you have the initial certification needed to teach anywhere in the state of Florida. TAP empowers you to select the school that aligns with your preferences and goals, providing a personalized experience as you embark on your teaching journey.

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If the referred teacher is enrolled in the course past add/drop.
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When the referred teacher completes the course.
Earn $50
When the referred teacher completes the TAP Summer Internship.
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When the referred teacher accepts a full-time teaching position.