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Distance Education

In an effort to ensure the health and safety of all of our staff and students, our face-to-face classes are temporarily unavailable. However, we do offer the following Distance and Remote Learning opportunities: The GED Academy curriculum is available to students interested in obtaining a High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma, and the Burlington English Core curriculum is available to students interested in English as a Second Language (ESL). These programs are used in both Distance and Remote Learning.

What is Distance Learning (DL)?
• Self-paced online study
• Available 24 hours a day 7 days a week
• Must study 5 hours each week
• Must complete 12 hours of Remote Learning before enrolling
• Must demonstrate proficient Internet skills by passing a digital literacy assessment before enrolling

What is Remote Learning (RL)?
• Face-to-face online instruction via Zoom
• View and interact with instructor and classmates live and in a virtual classroom setting
• Classes meet for 1.5 hours twice a week
• Select the class days and times that work best for you

Distance Learning & Remote Class Technology Requirements:
• Access to Internet/Wi-Fi
• Access to a cell phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer
Orientation and Testing Requirements:

The Online Tools Training includes practice tests. The practice tests include detailed instructions for testing, and allow you to get comfortable using the tools used for actual online testing. **You may take the OTT practice as many times needed to gain basic understanding.


Testing technology requirements:

    • Must have access to Internet
    • Must have access to Chrome
  • Important: Remote testing requires Google Chrome. To download and install the latest version of the Chrome browser, go to https://www.google.com/chrome/
    • Must have access to laptop or desktop
      • Tablet/iPad/Chromebook not allowed for testing
    • Must have a camera, web cam, monitor, mouse, and keyboard.
    • Must have audio (microphone), speaker, and/or headset


*****Cell Phones and iPads are not allowed*****


If you are a minor (18 and younger), please provide the following MANDATORY registration documents:  


  • Withdrawal Forms from last school attended, including Mandatory Administrator Signature
  • Mandatory Parental consent, including parent signature and student signature


**All participants interested in registering for classes must provide an ID

(Ex.  Driver’s License or ID, Birth Certificate, Baptismal Record, Passport, etc.)

Orientation and Testing Requirements:

 **It is MANDATORY that you complete the Zoom tutorial before attending the testing session. This tutorial will help you become familiar with how to use Zoom.


Testing technology requirements:

    • Must have access to Internet
    • Must have access to laptop, desktop, Chromebook, cell phone, or iPad
    • Must have a camera, web cam
    • Must have audio (microphone), speaker, and/or headset


If you are a minor (17 or 18 years old), please provide the following MANDATORY registration documents: 


  • High School Diploma or Equivalent
  • Mandatory Parental consent, including parent signature and student signature


**All participants interested in registering for classes must provide an ID

(Ex.  Driver’s License or ID, Birth Certificate, Baptismal Record, Passport, etc.)

Apply Now!
Join us for a registration and assessment session. AEL staff will guide you through the registration process and complete required assessments. We offer virtual and face-to-face sessions. 
Click the link below to select your registration and assessment session. 
What is included in the registration and assessment session?
  • Creation of OneFlow student account
  • AEL Intake Form & Student Enrollment Form
  • Orientation
  • Baseline assessment 
If you have any questions, please contact our staff by phone 210-370-5498.
Distance Learning Instructor Bio
Marsha BentonMarsha Benton loves facilitating classes, learning from others, and sparking joy during those “aha moments.” The great B.B. Kings quoted, “The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.” This quote is a cornerstone of education that she instills in all of her classes! She teaches students that everyone has the opportunity to glean from daily experiences despite their personal or professional circumstances. She believes that information learned can change us to become a better person which in turn may cause us to change our behavior towards something, a person, situation, or issue in life. When she is not in the classroom, online, or at the office, her time is spent coordinating community events, networking with community partners, tutoring and mentoring.
Trisha RoysterTrisha Royster is a High School Equivalency (HSE), English as a Second Language (ESL), and Distance Learning (DL) instructor. She graduated college in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Biology and is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Education degree. She began her career in Adult Education and Literacy as a tutor in 2012, then went on to earn an ESL teaching certificate in 2015 and has been an Adult Education and Literacy instructor ever since. Although a native of Los Angeles, CA, she has lived in six different states and currently calls San Antonio her home. In her spare time, she enjoys crocheting, taking walks with her dog, and playing board games with her family. We are proud to have her as a member of our team.
Remote Learning Instructor Bio
AEL Instructor Irene CookIrene Cook has a passion for learning and a heart for serving others. Her gifts and strengths vary, with her relational skills interwoven through all of them. She is a first-generation college student on both parents’ sides of the family. Her educational background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education, having graduated Summa Cum Laude. She successfully completed her Master’s in Social Work degree at Our Lady of the Lake University of San Antonio, with a grant and stipend from National Institute of Mental Health. She completed 21 graduate hours in Adult Education and Training and the Alamo College Adjunct Faculty Certification Program, as well as, the Master Teacher Program.
Irene has worked as an Adult Education and Literacy Program instructor with Education Service Center Region 20 since 2012. She teaches ESL, Citizenship, and High School Equivalency Social Studies classes. She has taught ESL online since 2018 and was one of the team members instrumental in launching the ESC Adult Education and Literacy Remote Program with the ZOOM venue. This endeavor afforded Adult Education Program students a previously unavailable avenue to continue their studies. In 2018, she was invited to present as one of St. Philip’s College three-member team at the International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence. Irene’s teaching philosophy blends the constructivist learning theory with student-centered learning.
AEL Instructor Greg Harris"Greg Harris is a fan of many things. He loves his wife and children, but also likes other people and their children as well. He wants everyone to be safe, healthy, happy and inspired by the world around them. In this fashion, he's also found an appreciation and passion for teaching what he can to others. He'll tell you about anything you'll let him, if he knows about it. Greg would try to show you how wonderful nature and the outdoors are. He'll talk about journeys with his family to all the National Parks he's been in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and Colorado. He also greatly enjoys playing board games and card games, and games of the imagination like storytelling. If you're interested, he'll even convince you (or try to) that Mathematics and Science are all around us and in fact can be seen in all aspects of our lives and the world in which we live. If you ask him for his credentials and to explain how he's obtained such knowledge and understandings, he may explain that he graduated UTSA with a degree specializing in Middle School Science and Math education, and that he got certified to teach middle school grade levels with the State of Texas, and that he's taught high school students Chemistry, Algebra, Calculus, Geometry, Physics and the like, and even other stuff like that. He's also been teaching adult education classes for half of a year now and enjoys it very much. More importantly though, he'd explain that his parents taught him well and showed him how to never stop learning, and that this has allowed him to acquire so much more understanding and knowledge than could ever be taught in school or from training seminars. He'd shake your hand and smile if you ever met him face to face; he's kind of like that."  
LAEL Instructor Lelah Moseley-Haywoodelah Moseley-Haywood is a 27-year veteran educator with a BA in Mass Communications and a Master's Degree in Multicultural Special Education. She holds a TEFL certificate, Principal's license, as well as Special Education, ESL, and Art teacher certifications. She loves teaching students from all over the world and has been an educator in the United States (Texas, Colorado, and California), as well as in Paris, France. She has taught reading, language arts, English composition and mathematics to students in grades K-12 and adults from multiple countries. Her teaching style is very open and engaging, and she loves to help her students have fun while learning. Prior to joining the Adult Education instructional team, she was an assessment specialist in the ESC-20 Special Education Support Services department. Additionally, she spent fifteen years as a Director of Special Education in Seguin ISD and Del Valle ISD. In her free time, she loves painting, reading and studying multiple languages.