TCP Program Opens Doors

A quote by an unknown author says, "Teaching is the profession that teaches all other professions."  The Teacher Certification Program (TCP) at Lone Star College-Kingwood makes becoming a teacher in Texas easy, convenient and affordable.

The teacher certification program is designed for anyone who holds a bachelor's degree.  All that is required is a reasonable investment of time and funds to kick start a new career in teaching.

Former student, Gabriele Sausnock said, "My experience with the Teacher Certification Program was very rewarding.  All of the personnel involved were helpful and supportive.  I would recommend this program to anyone interested in becoming a teacher."

Teaching is a career that will always be in demand. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects teaching as one of the fastest growing occupations over the next 5-10 years and beyond. Texas Workforce reports on its website that Texas will need in excess of 82,000 new teachers.  And with an average salary of $38,857 teaching is a career worth pursuing.

Zach Mosley, a graduate of the program, agrees, "Lone Star College's Teacher Certification Program provides a great career opportunity!"

There are two routes to certification: Internship and Student Teaching.  Students choose one of these routes to complete their Teaching Practicum. 

The easiest and research-proven route, says Susan Bedwell, TCP Program Manager, is student teaching.  Student teaching involves one semester of non-paid placement in a school district.  TCP places the student teacher with a mentor teacher who has over five years of experience and then supervises the student teacher during this time.  To be considered for student teaching, the student must pass their TExES content exam, complete the Pedagogy course and the Tools for Teaching Course offered at LSC-Kingwood.

To be considered for the Internship route, the student is required to complete a one-year internship with full salary and benefits, under the supervision of the TCP.  In this model, the student must secure their own teaching job. 

"Both interns and student teachers get a great amount of valuable experience," said Twyla Coy, TCP Program Coordinator.

Applications are being accepted now for the spring semester, which begins January 2009.  The application deadline is Dec. 1, 2008.  Completed applications must be accompanied by three professional references, official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, qualifying test scores taken within the last five years from THEA, GRE, ASSET, ACT, COMPASS, or SAT, an essay on "Why You Want to Be a Teacher" and the $40 application fee. 

Applications and guidelines are available online at Kingwood.LoneStar.edu/tcp or call the TCP office at 281-312-1716 for additional information.  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.

To ease the financial burden on students, new, convenient payment plans are available for most TCP courses.

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 1,300 students have become certified teachers in the past five years through this program.

For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281-312-1600 or visit our Web site at Kingwood.LoneStar.edu.

Lone Star College System consists of five colleges, including Cy-Fair, Kingwood, Montgomery, North Harris, and Tomball, six centers and the Lone Star College-University Center. With 51,483 students, it is the largest college system in the Houston area, and third largest community college district in Texas. To learn more, visit LoneStar.edu.