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This program, officially created by a signing ceremony on May 2, 2006, is a cutting edge teacher certification partnership that redefines seamless transition from the community college to the university. By enhancing the University of Houston-Downtown/Lone Star College joint admissions program already in place, this Teacher Education Collaborative focuses on recruiting paraprofessionals already known to the school district, as well as high school seniors and local adults who might not otherwise enter higher education due to work and family constraints.

This program, offered entirely on each of the LSC-Cy-Fair and LSC-Kingwood College campuses, provides excellent teachers to the community in an efficient manner by enabling students to earn credits toward the Lone Star College’s Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) while seamlessly transferring to the UH-Downtown’s Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (BAIS) with Teacher Certification. 

Anchored by a process that jointly admits students to programs at both institutions simultaneously, this collaborative is based on three major tenets: (1) Closing the Gap in Student Participation (2) Closing the Gap in Student Success, and (3) Closing the Gap in Academic Achievement.

For more information on this program, please contact Dr. Myrna Cohen, Chair of the Department of Urban Education at the University of Houston-Downtown: 713.221.8907 or

Last updated or reviewed on 8/19/11

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