The education program at Lone Star College-Kingwood and the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) have teamed up to provide a one-stop shop experience for those interested in jump starting a new career in teaching.
LSC-Kingwood offers an associate of arts in teaching as well as a bachelor's degree in teaching without ever having to leave the LSC-Kingwood campus through the University of Houston-Downtown.
An upcoming Be a Teacher Information Session will give prospective students a peek at the options open to them at LSC-Kingwood and the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) as well as allow them to register for Spring 2009 classes. The session will be held on Tuesday, November 11 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Student Center/Fine Arts Building.
This session will include advisors from both UHD and LSC-Kingwood, as well as admissions information, financial aid information and assistance for students in registering for Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) testing.
Noel Bezette, education majors' coordinator, says this will be a great opportunity for future students. "This will be a chance for people to not only come in and find out about our programs, but also to get help with admissions and registration. Registration for both campuses will be open, so we can actually get them enrolled that day."
Specialized tracks for current and future educators are: EC-4 Early Childhood Specialization; EC-4 Early Childhood to Fourth Grade Generalist; and Fourth through Eighth Grade (4-8) Generalist. All tracks lead to initial Texas teacher certification.
For two students enrolled in the education program at LSC-Kingwood, the UHD program offered the perfect opportunity for them to meet their goals in an easy and convenient way.
Returning student and single mom, Norvia Read, said she planned on taking as many core classes as possible at LSC-Kingwood and then transferring to Sam Houston State to finish her Education degree but the UHD program at Kingwood met all of her needs and seemed the logical solution.
"Through the joint admissions program, I am able to continue to take certain classes beyond my associate degree at LSC-Kingwood. The agreement with UHD allows for easy transfer of credits and the program offers classes on the Kingwood campus, putting a university in close reach," she explains.
Karen Behrend, a student in the UHD program at LSC-Kingwood said she chose teaching for her "second life." "I still wanted to be around kids, even though my kids were growing up, so I decided I wanted to teach. I love the kids' energy and I think being around them keeps you young."
Behrend was no stranger to LSC-Kingwood when she decided to return to college. Her daughter had earned dual credit through LSC-Kingwood while at Kingwood High and then took many of her core courses at LSC-Kingwood before transferring to Texas A & M. "I think the education is better at LSC-Kingwood, at the freshman and sophomore levels, than at large universities," she commented.
Both women agree that the location and timing of the classes makes meeting their educational goals easier to accomplish while still having a family life. Read said, "The majority of classes are offered in early evening, allowing non-traditional students the opportunity to fulfill their dreams. It truly is the best of both worlds." She also adds, "The class sizes are smaller than average university classes, giving students more individualized attention."
Bezette is excited about the growth of both the LSC-Kingwood program and the joint admissions program with University of Houston-Downtown, which has grown more than 400% between Fall 2007 and Fall 2008.
"Our program here at LSC-Kingwood now has the highest enrollment for the AAT (Associate of Arts in Teaching) in the Lone Star System. When we started the program two years ago, we were the smallest, so we're pretty proud of that. I believe our success is due to our continued efforts to inform the community about the program and how easy and convenient it is to earn a teaching degree right here, literally, in their own community."
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 49,250 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.