As student growth continues in area school districts, teachers who are skilled, qualified, and caring are currently in demand.
Lone Star College’s Alternative Teacher Certification (ATC) Program is available to help people, with a bachelor’s degree and passion to make a difference in the lives of young people, become educators. To learn more about the program, information sessions will be held at LSC-Kingwood at 5 p.m. on Aug. 14, Sept. 11, and Nov. 13 in Classroom Building A (CLA) room 111 and Oct. 9 in CLA room 207. The meetings will allow potential teachers a chance to ask questions about admissions, coursework and program requirements.
“The Lone Star College’s ATC Program is well respected by the school districts in the greater Houston area for the quality of alternative certified teachers we produce. We have information sessions monthly for prospective candidates,” said Jennifer Leadbetter, ATC Program director. “Area districts are frequently calling our office requesting high school math, science, and bilingual core subjects EC-6 teachers.”
The ATC Program has partnerships with more than 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 ATC Program. In this route, the student must secure his or her own teaching position. Clinical teaching involves one semester of non-paid placement in a school district. Clinical teachers work with a cooperating teacher at an area K-12 school and with an LSC-ATCP supervisor.
“The Alternative Teacher Certification Program at Lone Star College is one of the largest community college teacher certification programs in the state of Texas. Many students have become certified teachers since this program began in 2002,” Leadbetter said.
To earn their certification, students must complete a minimum of 300 hours of coursework, field experience, and training. All courses will fully prepare the student in the art of teaching for his or her content area, specific to the domains and competencies of Texas Education Agency (TEA). New regulations from TEA requires ATCP candidates to have their content exam passed and at least 180 of the 300 hours of coursework completed before they may begin an internship or clinical teaching. Now is a great time to start.
Substitute Teacher Training is also available. It defines the true role of a substitute teacher and encompasses teaching strategies, classroom management techniques, experience with lesson plans and guidelines for decision-making. Currently there are two classes available to prepare students to become more confident substitute teachers.
ATC Program Information sessions are also held at LSC-Cy Fair and LSC-University Park. For the dates and times of those meetings or for more information, call 281-312-1716, e-mail ATCP@LoneStar.edu or visit TEA Educator Preparation.
Register now for credit classes online through myLoneStar. Classes are offered days, evenings, or weekends in traditional and online formats. For more information on how to register online, visit www.lonestar.edu/registration.
For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281.312.1600 or visit http://lonestar.edu/kingwood.htm
Lone Star College offers high-quality, low-cost academic transfer and career training education to 95,000 students each semester. LSC is training tomorrow’s workforce today and redefining the community college experience to support student success. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., serves as chancellor of LSC, the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area with an annual economic impact of $3.1 billion. LSC consists of six colleges, eight centers, two university centers, Lone Star Corporate College and LSC-Online. To learn more, visit LoneStar.edu.