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Welcome to A-STEP

The key to choosing a sound Alternative Certification Program is finding the right environment, a place where you can thrive personally and develop into the Educator you aspire to be. Ours is a rigorous yet collegial program. The education of candidates and their role as classroom leaders is our highest priorities. 

Our goal is simple: to provide you with the best possible Pre-Service training in an academic and supportive environment conducive to learning. We achieve this through delivering our Pre-Service Training Academy to infuse the use of current educational technology tools, close mentorship, modeling professionalism and a commitment to our teacher candidates, and by setting high academic standards. We are proud of our program. We offer many unique opportunities that reflect our commitment to innovation. Look closely through our website, pay us a visit, and ask lots of questions. 

For over 20 years I have had the privilege of mentoring teachers in our program and watching them become skilled, confident, compassionate educators. Our teaching revolves around student achievement and student success. We focus on student-centeredness, diagnostic reasoning, evidence-based decision making, systems thinking and value in teaching. Our faculty is made up of some of the finest educators in the area, teachers who are fully engaged in teaching and who are strongly supported by the institution to do so. 

At Alternative-South Texas Educator Program (A-STEP), you will receive outstanding training that prepares you for a career in education. Over two-thirds of our teacher candidate graduates go on to secure a strong, long-term career in teaching. Many have placed well with our school district partners and some have grown to become Academic leaders. 

We also help teach our teacher candidates to be great role models through face-to-face workshops led by local educators and administrators working closely with today’s students. We strive for a culture of inquiry, developing in our candidates the skills necessary for lifelong, self-directed teaching career. 

We are proud to continue collaborating with school systems throughout Texas which includes traditional K-12 school districts, private, parochial and charter campuses. When our candidates secure a teaching position, we immediately team them up with our incredible team of Field Supervisor who will mentor, coach and guide them in becoming a great teacher, which will result in student success in the classroom. 

I look forward to sharing more about our program with you. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact us. 

Eva Alejandro, Owner and Program Director

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