KC partnering with ETBU to offer Bachelor of Science in Education

With the widespread shortage of teachers in the East Texas region, Kilgore College and East Texas Baptist University are collaborating to produce top-quality graduates to supplement the demand in this important career field.

ETBU is hosting university-level courses on KC’s campus in Kilgore, allowing KC students to take ETBU courses leading toward a bachelor’s degree in Education (early childhood through sixth grade).

KC President Dr. Brenda Kays and ETBU President Dr. Blair Blackburn solidified the plan that provides ETBU an office in Kilgore for recruiting, student services and advising for KC students and graduates.

The cohort classes – which began Aug. 19 with nine students – are taught by ETBU faculty who travel to the Kilgore campus.

Classes are currently held in the Watson Library but will be moved to the new Baptist Student Center on the Kilgore campus upon its completion.

Semesters are typically 15 weeks long.  Once students have completed the associate degree (four semesters), they will complete their Bachelor of Science in Education with EC-6 certification while never having to leave the Kilgore campus.

“Kilgore College has much to gain by working with the universities in our region for the benefit of our students,” Kays said. “This partnership with ETBU provides our students with additional options as they continue their educational journey to become an educator. We look forward to working with ETBU to further student success and provide East Texas with highly qualified teachers.”

The partnership between KC and ETBU encourages the completion of associate and bachelor’s degrees, providing students with academic and administrative advisement and promotes continuous advancement in learning to ensure that all students receive the resources necessary to be successful.

“This partnership enables us to bring a physical four-year university presence to Kilgore,” Kays said. “We are always looking for ways to expand educational opportunities for our students and this will be a win-win for students at both KC and ETBU.”

ETBU’s Teacher Education Program has more than a 95 percent pass rate on the Texas Educator Certification Exams for the past five years.

The partnership reinforces both institutions’ commitments to a seamless transition and to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board 60x30TX goal to establish a globally competitive workforce in Texas by 2030.

For more information on these classes, contact Karen Morris, KC Program Leader and Instructor for Education and College Success, at kmorris@kilgore.edu or Dr. John Sargent, Dean of the ETBU School of Education, at jsargent@etbu.edu.