HOUSTON (Dec. 7, 2009) – The need for teachers in Texas and across the nation is predicted to rise for the foreseeable future and that makes teaching a wise career choice. There are several educational paths at Lone Star College-Kingwood for interested students who already have a bachelor’s degree.
The teacher certification program (TCP) allows students with degrees to earn their alternative teacher certification. This route is ideal for those looking to make a career change or those who wish to return to the work force, like stay-at-home moms or retirees.
The TCP program has partnerships with more than 45 school districts, 50 certification areas, flexible course schedules and a choice between two routes to certification: internship or clinical teaching. The internship requires a student to complete a one-year internship with full salary and benefits, under the supervision of the TCP. In this route, the student must secure their own teaching job. Clinical teaching involves one semester of non-paid placement in a school district. Clinical teachers work with a mentor teacher at a K-12 school and with a LSC-Kingwood supervisor.
For anyone interested in learning more about the TCP program, an information session will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. in CLA 114. Program staff will be available to answer questions during this free session.
The teacher certification program at LSC-Kingwood is the largest community college teacher certification program in the state of Texas. The tuition remains the least expensive of all alternative certification programs in this region and more than 1,400 students have become certified teachers in the past five years through this program. To see a complete list of the certifications offered and to find out state requirements for becoming a teacher, please visit http://www.sbec.state.tx.us.
For information on the Teacher Certification Program contact the TCP office at 281-312-1716 or visit http://Kingwood.LoneStar.edu/tcp.
Register now for spring 2010 credit classes in one of three ways: phone, online or on campus. Classes are offered days, evenings, or weekends in traditional, Internet, video, TV and independent study formats. Current students can register by telephone at 281-519-6625. Former and current students can register online at www.LoneStar.edu/registration
Lone Star College System consists of five colleges, including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, and LSC-Tomball, six centers, LSC-University Center, LSC-University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. With more than 51,000 students in credit classes last fall, LSCS is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and third largest community college system in Texas. To learn more, visit http://www.lonestar.edu/.
For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281-312-1600.