How to Become a Sub. Teacher in Miami Dade County.

The requirements for a Temporary Instructor are acceptable references and 60 or more credits from an accredited college or university with a minimum overall GPA of 2.5.

In addition, Temporary Instructors must complete a two-day training program offered by the Miami-Dade College This training is required for applicants who have not previously received training in M-DCPS school safety and security procedures, educational liability laws, professional responsibilities, ethics, classroom management and instructional strategies.
Please bring your completed application, along with official transcripts to our office at 1500 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 129, Miami, Fl. 33132. You must visit the Instructional Staffing office to complete an essay relevant to substitute teaching. Applicants must successfully demonstrate the ability to write in standard English. The comprehensive written sample will be evaluated on the following criteria: syntax, punctuation, capitalization, spelling, and legible handwriting.

If accepted to continue the substitute process, you will receive notification of acceptance via e-mail along with contact information to register for the required Training Workshop.
Once you have completed the required training, you must return to the Instructional Staffing Office between the hours of 2 PM and 4 PM with the following items to continue processing and to complete the Employment Eligibility Verification Form (DHS I-9) with evidence of identity and employment eligibility (may include original driver’s license, social security card, unexpired employment authorization document issued by the Department of Homeland Security, etc.):

  • Original social security card (with employment authorization documents if required)
  • Picture ID/driver’s license
  • $71 money order payable to “School Board Miami-Dade Fingerprinting"
  • Transcripts indicating completion of temporary instructor training
  • $20 money order payable to M-DCPS for Temporary Instructor (Substitute) Certificate
I would like to apologize on behalf of Miami-Dade county for delaying final election results.

It’s taking us an awfully long time to count our ballots, I know. I’m also aware that larger counties than us finished before we did. There are two reasons our elections department is taking so long to finish counting:

  1. The Miami-Dade County Elections Department is understaffed. Remember our early voting debacle with six-hour waits? That wasn’t just an attempt at voter suppression (Not to say that wasn’t part of it). It reflects how woefully understaffed the elections department of a 1,000,000+ voter county is. That same staff is the one left to count ballots. That same staff also has to go home at some point and get some rest, seeing as Miami-Dade is minority-heavy, working class heavy district where most Election Day voting occurs early in the morning or in the late afternoon and at night (hence some polling places having their last voter leave past one in the morning), meaning elections workers were working from dawn till dusk and then some on Election Day even without managing to finish the count.
  2. The votes left to count are absentee ballots. Miami-Dade County is essentially the nations capital for absentee fraud - the only type of voter fraud that actually occurs in any notable amounts and the only type not addressed by Republican lawmakers (probably because Rick Scott has it to credit with his 2010 gubernatorial win). This means Miami-Dade County has to count these ballots very carefully. I’m not accusing the Romney campaign of absentee fraud. I don’t think anyone that high up would risk. I’m saying that I wouldn’t put it past the Florida Republican Party to pay off boleteros - people paid to illegally collect absentee ballots that are supposed to be mailed and who often either change the votes, manipulate the voter - most often elderly voters or new immigrant voters who don’t speak English and often have a poor understanding of election procedure - into voting for a particular candidate, or simply not filing votes for the candidate they oppose. They’ve done before, though investigations haven’t been launched into it because those who benefited are still in office.

And if that doesn’t draw some sympathy for us from you, Pinellas County isn’t done counting, either. Go bug them.

We’ve all heard the phrase, “No two snow flakes are alike.” This can easily be applied to all 35 cities found in Dade County. Each city has events that it is known for. Ah, beautiful Miami; you have you’re typical south beach club head, then you have your more sophisticated downtown Miami club goer, and of course the classy hipster that only comes out at night if the art is right.

Let me take you to Miami’s very own design and art districts which have quite a knack for drawing in tourists from far and wide to share their love of art, fashion, and music. It’s a beautiful thing when people go out of their way to celebrate self expression.  Traverse to a place somewhat unreal where your imagination can run rampant. Just over the Venetian Causeway, West of Biscayne Blvd, in the heart of Wynwood amongst warehouses and the ever so popular Wynwood Walls you’ll find what is known as Wynwood Art Walk. This is where “hipsters” and art collectors unite. The city life moves fast and each month creeps up on you a little quicker than the last. Held the second Saturday of every month, come out to this artsy block party of epic proportions that stretches from NW 23rd street to NW 29th. I can’t think of a better way to “waste” my Saturday night than to bombard my brain with art. And not just Miami’s widely known street art/graffiti but art from the guy next door who just enjoys creating to pass the time to the well known artist who exhibits art all over the world . This is basically art collector heaven. Wynwood Art Walk is a showcase of galleries that exhibit and promote contemporary visual art such as paintings, sculptures, installations, photography, multimedia, and ceramics. As I arrive to the busy streets where this outdoor soiree is held the energy is explosive. Just walking into Wynwood Walls takes me to another world where OBEY and black lights reign and i never want to leave. The inhabitants of this world are so full of life, intriguing, and eclectic as the day is long. Get too drunk and lose your friends whilst looking at art? No worries, Just mosey on down the street, purchase some of the street vendors infamous grilled cheese sandwiches and pick up a new group of friends along the way. The night is young.
With private parties, open bars (if you know where to look) and live music along with breath taking street art and galleries; expect nothing short of a good time. There’s never a dull moment due to the chances of stumbling upon drunk interesting people who are there for the same reason as you. To experience the unique art and beauty that you probably will not be able to find anywhere else but in the one and only Miami Dade County. 

-Alex English

Photo Credit: Miami New Times (

I’m really disappointed that Miami didn’t do the right thing and didn’t vote to get rid of the pitbull ban. Breed specific legislation does nothing to protect citizens from dangerous dogs while destroying the lives of families who are responsible and have any type of bully breed as a part of their family. If the proper laws where in place to hold irresponsible owners accountable for the damage their dogs may do, there’d be no reason to have breed specific legislation. BSL only villianizes the dog, devoid of the same logic and reasoning we possess yet we hold them to the same standards a criminal on death row would be treated.