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Miami Dade College receives grant to address the critical teacher shortage

Miami, December 19, 2007 - Miami Dade College (MDC) was awarded a $275,041 SUCCEED Florida grant from the Florida Department of Education (FLDE) that will help address the critical teacher shortage in Miami Dade County Public Schools by recruiting qualified graduates of foreign academic institutions.

Miami Dade Public Schools projects a need for almost 1,500 new special education and secondary math and science teachers within the next three academic years. With the grant, MDC will launch Project B-ELL to Teacher, an alternative certification program that will recruit new teachers with bachelor’s degrees who are English language learners. The program is designed for graduates of accredited foreign institutions who have a bachelor’s or advanced degree in non-education fields, and need improvement in their English language skills. Prospective students must meet MDC admission requirements.

 “Project B-ELL to Teacher will recruit many highly trained and educated individuals in our community who want to become teachers, but lack the requisite English language skills,” says Victoria Florit, Director of the Center for Professional Development in the School of Education. “The program will strengthen their skills as they progress through the MDC Educator Preparation Institute.”

The Project B-ELL to Teacher program will provide benefits to students including academic tutoring, test preparation for the Florida Teachers Certification Exam (FTCE), full or partial tuition for eligible individuals, and job placement assistance for graduates.

For more information, contact the Center for Professional Development at 305-237-6725 or 305- 237-6482 or by e-mail

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino Florin, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director

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