The Lone Star College Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) program ranked high on the “25 Best Associate Degrees in Teaching 2020” list published by GradReports.
“This accomplishment proves that our curriculum is successful in preparing future educators to teach in diverse environments. Those areas include students receiving bilingual, English as a Second Language (ESL), and special education services,” said Dr. Calandra Pervis, chair of the education department at Lone Star College (LSC)-Kingwood.
The AAT program placed second based on its graduates’ starting salaries of $26,700 compared to tuition rates of $3,760 and median debt of $9,250. This data is collected and reported by the U.S. Department of Education. In the Houston area, the average salary for teachers with zero years of experience is $56,110.
“We are honored and proud to be among the most qualified and affordable community colleges that offer associate degrees in teaching,” Pervis said.
AAT, offered at each LSC campus, puts students on the path to becoming educators. At LSC-Kingwood, there are two tracks:
Tech Program: Students can earn an AAT and transfer to Texas Tech University to obtain a bachelor’s degree in one year. During that time, participants will complete their student-teaching internship at New Caney ISD. This path is ongoing and accepting applications.
Pathways: A Title V Grant that allows students to earn an AAT degree at LSC-Kingwood and a bachelor of science degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Houston without leaving the community college campus. While this path is not accepting new applicants, students can still take 12 hours per semester or attain professional development credits.
“We have our own specialized education advisers to assist students with degree plans, registration, graduation and scholarships,” she said. “Our graduates are highly sought after by local school districts because of culturally responsive teaching, partnerships and work in the community.”
The LSC-Kingwood AAT program is suited for paraprofessionals, stay-at-home moms, recent high school graduates, dual-credit students and anyone looking for a career change.
“My passion for education grew because of LSC-Kingwood. My experience prepared me for and gave me the confidence to be a future bilingual elementary educator for a Title One school,” said Monica Ordonez, a 2018 AAT graduate and Fall 2020 graduate of UHD.
AAT 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.
For more information on the Associate of Arts in Teaching program at LSC-Kingwood, visit lonestar.edu/education-dept-kingwood.