Miami, Nov. 1, 2019 – Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Padron Campus will host more than 100 public high school students enrolled in MDC’s School of Education’s “Principles of Teaching” academy, Wednesday, Nov. 6, for a day of learning and enrichment centered on the teaching profession.
The “Principles of Teaching” academy is a 4-year career and technical program through the Florida Department of Education where high school students can earn college credit. MDC’s School of Education is the only Institution of Higher Education to offer this program.
Participating students represent Coral Gables Senior High School, John A. Ferguson Senior High School, Miami Springs Senior High School and Turner Technical High School. The day’s events will include a scavenger hunt-style tour of the campus and activities with students in the School of Education’s Florida Future Educators of America (FFEA), the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and the Florida Association for the Education of Young Children (FLAEYC). They will also meet and interact with MDC students in the bachelor’s education program, as well as faculty and administrators.
MDC’s School of Education launched “Principles of Teaching” in 2015 at Miami Springs Senior High School in an effort to address the national critical teacher shortage. If high school students who are interested in the teaching profession are given the opportunity to learn about it, work with children and learn about college programs, they will become tomorrow’s teachers.
High schoolers who complete the 4-year program can receive seven college credits upon entering MDC. MDC’s School of Education is also working with district-managed charter and private high schools to expand the program.
Additional enrichment activities are planned throughout the school year and will culminate with a Showcase of Learning event in April, 2020.