As communities continue to grow, the need for qualified educators will increase.

The Lone Star College (LSC) Associate of Arts in teaching program gives students the tools to become qualified educators in Texas. At LSC-Kingwood, courses focus on key principles of teacher quality, community outreach, cultural competency and political action.

“These ideas are the underlying areas of focus that direct aspiring educators’ activities,” said Dr. Calandra Pervis, chair of the education department at LSC-Kingwood. “It’s these areas in which students are educated on issues and affect change.”

AAT applicants at LSC-Kingwood can choose between two tracks that allow them to earn an associate of arts in teaching degree and transfer to a four-year university. The Texas Tech path leads toward a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University in one calendar year. Participants will complete their student-teaching internship in New Caney ISD. In addition, graduates will earn an EC-6 elementary certification and a second certification in ESL, bilingual or special education.

The second track, Pathways, allows students to earn both an associate degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Houston without leaving LSC-Kingwood.

The AAT program will teach students various learning outcomes such as governance and support, the historical and philosophical, and the legal concerns of American education. Participants will analyze the effect of language, gender, socioeconomic status, ethnicity and disabilities on or in the classroom culture. They will also be able to describe strategies to achieve academic quality.

“We have specialized education advisors to assist students with degree plans, registration, graduation and scholarships,” Pervis said. “Our graduates are highly sought after by local school districts because of culturally responsive teaching, partnerships and work in the community.”

The Associate of Arts in teaching classes are available in online and hybrid formats with daytime and evening options. Instructors are highly qualified and include former administrators, bilingual coordinators, child development specialists, gifted and talented coordinators, school counselors, and other education professionals.

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