In this growing society, the need for passionate and qualified educators is on the rise.
To meet this demand, Lone Star College (LSC)-Kingwood partnered with the University of Houston-Downtown to offer the Pathways to Teaching Careers program. This Title V project will allow students to earn an Associate of Arts in teaching from LSC-Kingwood and a Bachelor of Arts in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Houston-Downtown without leaving LSC-Kingwood.
“The purpose of this grant is to increase the number of exceptional and certified teachers in the Houston area,” said Dr. Calandra Pervis, education department chair at LSC-Kingwood and co-principal investigator for the Title V Pathways to Teaching Careers Grant.
The Pathways to Teaching Careers Grant will fund students who are interested in being an EC-6 generalist with bilingual certification, an EC-6 generalist with ESL supplemental certification, and a 4-8 generalist with ESL supplemental certification. Also, this project will provide various types of support to help students be successful and to shorten the amount of time typically required to complete the program. Resources include a technology enhancement program; education and math textbook loans for EDUC 1301, EDUC 2301, MATH 1350, MATH 1351 and TECA 1354; enhanced and specialized advising; cohort classes; tutoring and seminars tailored to educator preparation; paid Educator Proficiency Exam fees; and paid graduation cap and gown.
“This will be a comprehensive and convenient way for future educators to earn both degrees while starting and finishing at our community college,” Pervis said.