LSC-Kingwood highlights educational career paths

A passion for teaching and the ability to make a difference in the lives of young people could lead to a successful and rewarding career in education. Adults who want to pursue a career in teaching have several educational paths available to them at Lone Star College-Kingwood.

For anyone interested in exploring those options, a joint information session with LSC-Kingwood and UHD will be held on the LSC-Kingwood campus on Monday, Aug. 16 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in CLA 114. Advising, admissions and financial aid personnel from both campuses will be on hand to answer any questions and give enrollment advice.  This session is free and open to anyone with an interest in becoming a teacher.

“Through our collaboration with University of Houston-Downtown, students can now earn their bachelor’s degree in teaching without having to leave LSC-Kingwood,” Noel Bezette, lead faculty of education/psychology at LSC-Kingwood said.

Undergraduate students can work towards an Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) and then explore the joint admissions program offered through the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) to earn their bachelor’s degree in teaching without ever having to leave the LSC-Kingwood campus.

Specialized programs offered for current and future educators are EC-6, EC-6 bilingual and 4-8 certifications. All tracks lead to an initial Texas teacher certification. Groups who can benefit from the programs are high school seniors, paraprofessionals, substitute teachers, teacher aides, preschool teachers and anyone interested in teaching.

For more information on the Joint Information Session, the Associate of Arts in teaching degree or the UHD joint admissions program, contact Noel Bezette at 281-312-1733, noel.bezette@lonestar.eduor visit www.lonestar.edu/education-dept-kingwood.htm.

Students who already have a bachelor’s degree can earn their teacher certification through the LSC-Kingwood’s Alternative Teacher Certification Program (ATCP). 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.

For anyone interested in learning more about the ATCP program, an information session will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. in SFA 125/126. Advising, admissions and financial aid personnel will be available to answer questions during this free session. 

The ATCP program has partnerships with over 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 ATCP.  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 an area K-12 school and with a LSC-Kingwood supervisor.

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 www.sbec.state.tx.us.

For information of the Associate of Arts in teaching and the UHD joint admissions program, contact Noel Bezette at 281-312-1733 or noel.bezette@lonestar.edu or visit http://Kingwood.LoneStar.edu/beateacher.

For information on the Teacher Certification Program contact Jennifer Leadbetter at 281-312-1716 or Jennifer.L.Leadbetter@LoneStar.eduor visit http://www.lonestar.edu/kingwood-atcp.htm


Register now for fall 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 281-591-6625. Former and current students can register online at www.LoneStar.edu/registration

For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281-312-1600 or visit our Web site at http://lonestar.edu/kingwood.htm

With more than 62,000 students in credit classes in spring 2010, and a total enrollment of nearly 85,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area, and the second largest and the fastest-growing community college system in Texas. LSCS consists of five colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, and LSC-Tomball, six centers, LSC-University Park, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit www.LoneStar.edu.