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Is Alternative Teaching Certification a Shortcut That Doesn’t Pay Off?

Twenty years ago, a new, shorter route to receiving teaching certification was formed: ACP, or Alternative Certification Programs. Many factors can make ACP a worthwhile route for those thinking of jumping into teaching — from the length of time a program takes to whether it’s online or in-person. And with layoffs hitting Houston, there are probably more than a few […]

Twenty years ago, a new, shorter route to receiving teaching certification was formed: ACP, or Alternative Certification Programs.

Many factors can make ACP a worthwhile route for those thinking of jumping into teaching — from the length of time a program takes to whether it’s online or in-person. And with layoffs hitting Houston, there are probably more than a few considering a new career. So, is ACP right for you?

We hear some perspectives from Lidia Zatopek, director of alternative certification at the Harris County Department of Education (HCDE), and Maxie Hollingsworth, who left administration to become a second grade teacher.

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