Directions to The Teacher Education Center
Generally approaching from the North on I-95
Take I-95 southbound until you reach
the Airport Expressway (FL 112). Proceed West on Airport
Expressway 112 until you see Northwest 36th Street. Exit on
Northwest 36th Street. This is the second exit after passing
the 27th Avenue exit. Once you exit onto Northwest 36th
Street, travel 5 traffic signals to East Drive. At East
Drive, make a right, go two blocks to LaBaron Drive and TEC
is located on the Northwest corner.
Generally Approaching from the North on the Turnpike
Take the Turnpike South to the point
where one has the option to take I-95 or the Homestead
Extension. If you choose to take I-95 South, then follow the
directions above. If choosing the Homestead Extension, exit
at Northwest 41st Street East, and continue East (this
street turns into Northwest 36th Street) to Northwest 36th
Street. After you pass under the Palmetto Expressway,
continue East for about 2 or 3 miles or about 10 traffic
signals to East Drive. At East Drive make a left, come down
two blocks to LeBaron Drive and TEC is located on the
Generally approaching from the South (Homestead, Kendall, etc...)
Take the Turnpike North to SR874, take
SR874 to the Palmetto Expressway (SR826) North then exit on
Northwest 36th Street East. Continue East on Northwest 36th
Street for about 2 to 3 miles or about 10 traffic signals to
East Drive. At East Drive make a left, come down two blocks
to LeBaron Drive and TEC is located on the lefthand corner.
If you are coming from West Kendall, take the turnpike North
to SR836 Expressway East, then to the Palmetto Expressway
North,(SR 826) then follow the directions beginning from the
Palmetto Expressway North.
Generally approaching on Lejeune Road from the South
Take Lejeune Road North to
South Royal Poinciana (South Royal Poinciana is the next
traffic signal just after passing Northwest 36th Street). At
South Royal Poinciana make a left. Go to the first corner
and make a left. Make an immediate right at Oakwood Drive.
Continue West on Oakwood Drive to East Drive. At East Drive
make a left, come down two blocks to LeBaron Drive and TEC
is located on the lefthand corner.
Frequently Asked Questions . . . About TEC
How can I find out about
professional development opportunities offered through
TEC's communications network relies upon TEC Leaders, one at each school site. TEC Leaders, also known as TEC Reps, are teachers elected to serve as the liaison persons in the communications process. They disseminate inservice information from TEC to their peers and report the inservice needs of the faculty at their respective school to the TEC. Course offerings are advertised through the distribution of the TEC calendar which is distributed three times annually, flyers for special events and Internet.
What are the registration
procedures for TEC courses?
The TEC Calendar is mailed directly to each individual teacher with registration forms included. The registration deadline is one week before the starting date of the course. Written confirmation of registration will be sent. If written confirmation is not received before the course starting date, please call TEC at (305)887-2002 and speak with the registrar. Proper completion of the registration form also assists TEC in notifying registrants of course changes.
Who is eligible to take TEC
TEC courses are primarily offered for M-DCPS teachers holding a Florida Educator's Certificate. Other members of the education community are welcome to attend on a space-available basis; this includes new teachers, paraprofessionals, substitute teachers, non-instructional personnel and others. However, Master Plan Points can be earned only by individuals who hold a Florida Professional Educator's Certificate.
Whom can I contact for
additional information about TEC?
The TEC Leader provides much information about TEC programs. In addition,TEC has one TEC/Region Trainer housed in each of the six region offices to assist instructional personnel in the region. Finally, at TEC there are additional personnel who will answer questions and provide support in the professional development and recertification process. For information, contact TEC at (305)887-2002.
How can I utilize TEC
courses to renew my teaching
Each TEC inservice affords participants the opportunity to earn Master Plan Points (MPP's) upon successful completion of the course requirements. In general, the number of MPP's earned is determined by the number of contact hours spent with the instructor and the number of independent hours involved in each inservice. A total of 120 MPP's is required to renew a Professional Certificate.
What are the procedures for
renewing a professional certificate?
Teachers who renew with MPP's or a combination of MPP's and college credit should submit an application for renewal to TEC. An application can be obtained from a TEC Leader or the TEC office. A check or money order for $56.00, payable to Miami-Dade County Public Schools, and official transcripts from the college or university if utilizing college credit for renewal should be included with the completed notarized application.
How can I obtain a copy of
my TEC inservice record?
Every school has the capability to retrieve inservice records. This is done by accessing the SDES screen on the computer. Please ask your school secretary or contact the TEC office for assistance. An explanatory memorandum is available from TEC upon request.
After I complete a TEC
course, how long does it take for the MPP's to be posted on my
It takes approximately four to six weeks for the course instructor to complete the grading process and turn the paperwork in to TEC, and for TEC to encode the MPP's on the inservice records of all participants.
What should I do if an
inservice course appears to be missing from my
The TEC Leader can provide a missing course form. The completed form should be sent to the TEC Registrar at #9715.
What can I do to ensure that all my TEC courses are posted on my inservice record?