As student growth continues in the Humble, New Caney, and Splendora independent school districts, teachers who are skilled, qualified, and caring are currently in demand.
The Lone Star College Alternative Teacher Certification (ATC) Program is available to help people, with a bachelor’s degree and passion for making a difference in the lives of young people in the Lake Houston and East Montgomery County communities, become educators. For those interested, the program will hold fall information sessions on Sept. 9, Oct. 14, and Nov. 4 at 5 p.m. The meetings will take place in the Community Education Building, room 204 at LSC-North Harris. Sessions 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 their 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.
“Our 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 the Texas Education Agency (TEA). New regulations from TEA requires candidates to pass their content exam and have at least 180 of the 300 hours of coursework completed before they can begin an internship or clinical teaching. Now is a great time to start.
Substitute Teacher Training is also available. It defines the exact 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.
Register now for credit classes online through myLoneStar. Classes are offered days, evenings, or weekends in traditional, online, and hybrid formats. For more information or to register online, visit lonestar.edu/registration. For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281.312.1600 or visit lonestar.edu/kingwood.
Lone Star College offers high-quality, low-cost academic transfer and career training education to 99,000 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 nearly $3 billion. LSC consists of six colleges, 10 centers, two university centers, Lone Star Corporate College and LSC-Online. To learn more, visit LoneStar.edu.