Lone Star College's alternative certification program

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Twyla Coy always had desire to teach, but her journey to the classroom took her on a unique path thanks to the Alternative Certification Program - a nontraditional route to certification that can allow students to teach while completing the requirements.

"I heard about a teaching position that I would be perfect for," said Coy. "After being interviewed, she was offered and accepted the position for the upcoming school year which started in less than two weeks, but there was one problem. Even though she had taught part time for a couple of years, she didn't have a teaching certification.

"Luckily, I knew just where to go," said Coy.

She meet with a LSC alternative certification program manager and began a whirlwind of an adventure for the next couple of weeks. "One of the things that I knew and appreciated about the people at Lone Star College is that they truly have the student's best interest at heart," said Coy.

Coy has since earned her certification and is the speech and debate teacher, as well as a UIL academic coordinator at Splendor High School and in 2014 was selected as the New Teacher of the Year for Splendora ISD.

Interested in the rewarding world of teaching? Visit LoneStar.edu/Cluster-Education-Training to learn more.