Students who complete their associate’s degrees in teaching at Lone Star College-Kingwood will now have a smoother transition when they transfer to Stephen F. Austin (SFA) to finish their bachelor’s degrees in interdisciplinary studies after the two institutions signed an articulation agreement February 9.
The articulation agreement will streamline the process for students earning an Associate of Arts in Teaching from Lone Star College-Kingwood who would like to transfer to SFA to complete their bachelor’s degrees and offers a degree plan for interested students to follow.
”We are delighted to partner with SFA to bring this important transfer opportunity to our students,” said Dr. Linda Stegall, president of Lone Star College-Kingwood. “Faculty and staff at both educational institutions have worked closely to ensure a smooth transition.”
Students who begin their course of study at Lone Star College-Kingwood in the EC-4 early childhood specialization will have a seamless transfer as part of the SFA articulation agreement.
The SFA College of Education has long been known as a leader and innovator in developing outstanding teachers and SFA President Dr. Baker Pattillo said this agreement will help increase the number and quality of teachers the Houston area is producing and reduce the national teacher shortage.
“We have a shortage of teachers across this country and across the state,” Pattillo said. “We need to focus a strong collaborative, collegial attention to the broad range of challenges we will face in educating all of our students.”
Dr. Richard Berry, SFA associate provost, referenced the schools’ rapport as a key component in making the articulation agreement happen.
“The relationship we’ve enjoyed with Lone Star College-Kingwood has been longstanding,” Berry said. “Your students have populated many areas of our campus and we would like to think that SFA has played a role in populating some areas of your college. Today is an opportunity to celebrate that success.”
Signing the articulation agreement from Lone Star College System were Penny Westerfeld, associate vice chancellor, The University Center; Dr. Linda Stegall, president of Lone Star College-Kingwood; and Dr. Elizabeth Chapman, dean of business, technology and social science, Lone Star College-Kingwood. Dr. Baker Pattillo, president; Dr. John Jacobson, dean and professor of education; and Dr. Richard Berry, associate provost and vice president of academic affairs signed for SFA.
For more information about the associate of arts in teaching degree at Lone Star College-Kingwood contact education majors coordinator and assistant professor of education and psychology, Noel Bezette at 281-312-1733 or visit kingwood.lonestar.edu/goto/beateacher.
For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281-312-1600 or visit our Web site at kingwood.lonestar.edu.
The Lone Star College System is among the largest and fastest growing community college districts in Texas. It comprises Lone Star College-North Harris, Lone Star College-Kingwood, Lone Star College–Tomball, Lone Star College–Montgomery, Lone Star College–CyFair, six satellite centers and The University Center. For more information about Lone Star College System and its programs, visit www.lonestar.edu or call 832-813-6500.