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August 10, 2012

Blinn program offers alternative teaching certification

Applications currently being accepted for Fall courses

Laura Pevoto Laura Pevoto got her first exposure to special education classes as a substitute teacher.
Thanks to the TEACH (Teacher Education Alternative Certification Host) program at Blinn College, she was able to turn that experience into a full-time career.

“I love teaching,” said Pevoto, who began working on her special education certification in January 2011 and was offered a job just five months later with the Bryan Independent School District. “It’s a very fulfilling job and I couldn’t imagine myself anywhere else.

Especially in Bryan ISD, you get to become very involved in the students’ lives.”

The TEACH program is a cooperative effort between Blinn and the school districts in its service area to provide quality, affordable alternative teacher certification to assist in meeting area school districts’ personnel needs.

The program provides training for persons who already hold a bachelor’s degree. The program offers certifications in mathematics, science, Spanish, French, special education, generalist, bilingual generalist, English language arts, reading and social studies and English as a second language generalist. Upon successful completion of the program, participants will be certified to teach in Texas.

Before enrolling with Blinn’s TEACH program, Pevoto had already earned her bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M to become a high school English teacher. But with full-time teaching positions difficult to find, Pevoto began working as a substitute. That was when she realized she wanted to get into special education teaching and started researching programs that could help her achieve her goal.

That research led her to Blinn.

“It was financially reasonable and since it was local and not purely online, I knew it would be geared toward local school districts,” Pevoto said.

William Smith, who teaches Blinn’s special education teaching course, helped Pevoto quickly earn her certification.

“He really cared about taking the time to show me what the job was going to be like after I graduated,” Pevoto said.

Additional information about the TEACH program is available at Applications for the Fall semester are currently being accepted.