Special to The Leader
Due to the demand for highly qualified teachers who have received face-to-face instruction by highly experienced master teachers, the Alternative Certification for Educators Program, the ACE program, at Lamar State College–Orange will restart in fall 2014 on a limited basis.
“In 2012, teacher certifications in Texas plunged 24 percent and the state has little chance of reaching its 2015 teacher certification goals,” according to the Texas Education Association. The Texas Workforce Commission anticipates that, “elementary school teaching positions will add the second-highest number of jobs among all occupations in the state, nearly 68,000 new jobs. Middle schools are expected to add an additional 65,000 teaching jobs”.
Mary Sizemore said, “With the need for teachers in Texas, right now is a very good time for people to become certified teachers through the ACE program. This program helps individuals start a rewarding new career path in a short time frame.”
The ACE program will begin offering certifications in five fields: generalist early childhood-6 grade, generalist 4-8 grade, math 7-12 grade, science 7-12 grade, and trade and industrial 6-12 grade. ACE is a two year program. Classes will be held on Tuesday nights for fourteen weeks each semester. The classes will be hybrid with a portion of the work face-to-face and part online. Applications are currently being taken. There is a $45 application fee when submitting an application.
Classes for fall begin Sept. 9, 2014. For more information contact Mary Sizemore at Lamar State College–Orange at 409-882-3053 or visit www.lsco.edu/ace/ace.asp.