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Student Today,
Teacher Tomorrow

Make teaching your postgraduation plan
with the Teacher Accelerator Program

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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 the University of Miami, college seniors 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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4 Steps to a Teaching Career

Teacher Accelerator Program’s path to teaching for noneducation majors

1
Take 1-Semester Course
University of Miami’s TAL 590 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.
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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.
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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.
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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

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is TAP only for noneducation majors?
Yes. TAP is targeted to students who haven’t majored in education or even taken any relevant subjects in the field. As long as you are a full-time or part-time student you may register for this program in your senior year at the University of Miami.
Why would TAP be a good fit for me?
If you are uncertain about postgraduate plans or have ever considered a career in teaching TAP could be for you. This accelerated teaching program was designed specifically to give noneducation majors the opportunity to get certified, gain a paid internship in a K-12 classroom and garner immediate employment upon completion.
What would I do as a TAP participant?
First, you’ll take a three-credit course (TAL 590) at the University of Miami. Then, you’ll be placed in a paid, postgrad teaching internship. Once you’ve completed and passed two exams during the spring course and summer internship, you’ll be ready to be matched with employment opportunities within the Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Finally, you teach!
Is this course included in the credits I need to graduate?
No. This course is not part of the credits you need to graduate. The three-credit course is an elective for those students interested in getting certified quickly and garnering employment in Miami-Dade County Public Schools as a teacher.
When can I register for the program?
The program launches in the spring of 2023. The TAL 590 course is already listed on University of Miami's CaneLink, and registration has officially opened.
Where would I be teaching?
You will be placed in Miami-Dade County Public Schools.
What kind of rewards or compensation can I look forward to by joining TAP?
TAP offers a paid summer internship with a $5,000 stipend for each participant.

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