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.
At Lone Star College-Kingwood students who want to pursue a career in teaching have several educational paths available to them.
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 Tuesday, May 5, from 5 to 7 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 family-friendly session is free and open to anyone with an interest in becoming a teacher.
Students without a bachelor's degree 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.
The program with UHD has grown more than 400 percent between fall 2007 and fall 2008.
Dr. Max Castillo, president of the University of Houston-Downtown, says the joint admissions program with LSC-Kingwood has been enormously successful. He says creating a bridge for students between LSC-Kingwood and UHD is the key to success. "Joint admission allows students to truly be a student of both campuses. Students get UH-Downtown IDs, e-mail and library access, among other things to make them feel a part of the university family."
Dr. Beth Pelz, Dean of the College of Public Service at UHD, said the program was designed to enhance student success, "We are committed to producing quality teachers."
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 those students who have already earned a bachelor's degree, the teacher certification program (TCP) allows them to earn their alternate 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 over 45 school districts, 50 certification areas, flexible course schedules and a choice between two routes to certification: internship or student 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. Student teaching involves one semester of non-paid placement in a school district. Student teachers work with a mentor teacher at a 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 1300 students have become certified teachers in the past five years through this program.
Former student Jessica Cooper said, "The TCP staff was very friendly, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable and did an excellent job preparing us for our certification exams and our time in the classroom! Overall, the student teaching program at Lone Star College-Kingwood was very beneficial to my career as a teacher."
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 UH joint admissions program, contact Noel Bezette at 281-312-1733 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://Kingwood.LoneStar.edu/beateacher.
Online and telephone registration for May mini-term, summer and fall terms is going on now at Kingwood.LoneStar.edu/registration or 281-591-6625. On-site registration is available during regular office hours. New students attending for the first time from other colleges or universities must have an official college transcript sent to Lone Star College-Kingwood prior to registration and should also complete the online admissions application at www.lonestar.edu/apply.
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 over 50,000 students, it is the largest college system in the Houston area, and third largest community college district in Texas.