Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) is committed to providing high quality educational services to all learners. The primary goal of the MINT Plus - Professional pathway to certification is to expand the pool of educators to include non-education majors who share this commitment to student learning, achievement, and opportunity.
M-DCPS has developed a program that includes methods for identifying each applicant's entry-level teaching competencies, and requires each applicant to:
- have expertise in the subject and meet requirements for specialization in a subject area for which a professional certificate may be issued under this chapter and rules of the state board;
- complete the program within the validity period of the existing Temporary Educators Certificate; and
- achieve passing scores on the professional education competency examination required by state board rule
MINT Plus - Professional Pathway to Certification program is a free state-approved teacher preparation program designed to provide non-education majors the opportunity to complete a program designed to meet the professional education coursework requirements for issuance of a professional certificate. Beginning in the 2015-2016 school year, MINT Plus will no longer accept teachers that are on the last year of their temporary teaching certificate. MINT Plus applications are accepted twice in the Fall and twice in the Spring to be eligible for participation in the MINT Plus, applicants must:
- be full-time instructional employees of M-DCPS in a teaching assignment that does not vary daily and be certified to hold said position;
- hold or be eligible to hold a three-year temporary certificate issued by the Florida Department of Education (FDOE), Bureau of Teacher Certification; and
- hold or have a status of eligibility
- possess at least a Bachelor's degree from a regionally-accepted institution, and meet the subject area requirements in a subject area for which a professional certificate may be issued.