Public Service & Education

Public Service & Education





Interested in a career in public service and education?

Public Service & Education covers a wide area of MC programs and lots of options for fulfilling careers. Learn more about the programs by clicking the program name below.

What is the timeline of start to finish of the Associate of Arts in Teaching degree?

An associate’s degree is 60 hours. In a traditional format, 15 semester credit hours per semester would lead to four semesters (2 academic years) completion. 12 semester credit hours is considered full-time, so by also taking courses during the summer, one could still complete in 2 academic years. The more courses taken at one time, the more quickly one can complete.

What are the teaching jobs that are most in demand right now?

Teaching jobs are always in demand. Math, Science, bilingual and special education are nearly always in demand, but other areas are in need as well. The Permian Basin has been experiencing a high need for teachers in all areas over the last few years.

How hard is the test for the teaching certificate and what do you need to study to take the test after you go to school?

There are various tests. Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities entails what are your legal, ethical and professional responsibilities as well as what pedagogy (instructional strategies) are used for the most effective instruction in a classroom. There are also content exams which cover the subject matter that one would be teaching. The TExES educator exams that one takes are dependent upon the grade and subject area one would like to teach.

The TExES exam website provides sample practice tests. Most educator preparation programs provide support, tutoring, and practice tests.

What is the salary range for first-year teachers?

The minimum salary for teachers in the state of Texas is $33,660, however each school district sets their own salary schedule so it is wise to visit a district’s human resources page to find out what the salary range is for each district.

What options are available after I complete the Associate of Arts in Teaching degree at Midland College?

To teach in the state of Texas, a bachelor’s degree is required. The AAT (Associate of Arts in Teaching) is designed as a university transfer program. Throughout your time here at Midland College, the Education Division will work with you to help you navigate the transfer process to the university of your choosing. Completing the AAT also makes you eligible to work as a Teacher’s Assistant within a school district.

I have a bachelor’s degree in another field, but want to change careers and do something more meaningful, like teaching. What courses will I need to take?

There are a number of options for individuals who already have a Bachelor’s degree. Alternative certification programs and post Baccalaureate programs provide you with the additional training needed to be eligible for the Texas teacher exams for certification. Typically, these programs are one-year programs and could place you in a classroom immediately while you are completing the certification process.

What are the requirements for being accepted into MC’s Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counseling program?

We want serious devoted students who have a passion to help others and in return receive additional scholarship money and opportunities beyond their wildest dreams. These unprecedented times have increased our enrollment and this field is wide open in the legal, medical, rehab and counseling fields. 

Am I eligible to enter the program and become a Licensed Chemical & Drug Abuse Counselor (LCDC) if I am a recovering addict?

Students at MC may pursue DAAC if they are a recovering addict but they need to be clean for at least 6 months and receiving treatment in a program. Convicted felons have been approved by state board to become licensed as LCDC depending on charge, length of time and some other considerations. The state board can look at the criminal record and respond provide their charges as long as additional charges obtained while pursuing educational component. There is a disclaimer on criminal background to be signed upon entering the program. All requirements are carefully spelled out on our web page.

What do I have to do to become a Licensed Professional Counselor?

MC has a very unique (one of only three in the state at the community college level) LCDC program to become a fully licensed substance abuse counselor. We do provide all classes as well as a 300 practicum hours of opportunity at various sites to gain experience.

What is the average salary for a substance abuse counselor?

The starting salary with a CI Certificate is around $25,000 while a fully licensed LCDC has finished an Associate Degree and 4,000 clock hours as well as passed the state board test starts around $50,000. Additionally, those students wishing to pursue further education such as LPC masters level can do so through our unique agreement with Texas Tech by first getting 90 hours at MC and 30 additional on line with Texas Tech for a bachelor’s degree and then a master’s degree. 

What jobs can I get with a paralegal degree?

Traditionally, paralegals work in law firms or with solo attorneys handling everything from office management to client intake to research and writing to case organization. In Midland, paralegal skills are also useful in Oil and Gas companies land offices as a land tech. The skills a paralegal learns can assist them in landing many jobs outside of the traditional model especially after the newest executive order that stresses skills over degree. Paralegals learn outstanding organizational skills, technical reading, applying standards to different scenarios, technical writing, communication and so much more.

Does Midland College offer online paralegal courses?

YES! This program moved online and allows so many students that would like the opportunity to attend MC, but work or have other familial obligations that make coming to an in-person class impossible, such as Tiffany Stott. We use online live meetings that are recorded to replicate the classroom environment. For example, instructors provide a link and conduct a live lecture or host a guest speaker. These are recorded and shared within the Canvas classroom management system. We also meet with students via Zoom/Microsoft Teams and they present case briefs, or I provide feedback on assignments.

Can paralegals perform services on their own without a supervising attorney?

No, paralegals may not render legal services without supervision of an attorney as this is the Unauthorized Practice of Law! Paralegals are not allowed to directly represent a person in legal matters. However, a paralegal may be a freelance paralegal. (A freelance paralegal offers services under the direct supervision of a duly licensed attorney.)

What types of certificates and degrees does Midland College have for people wanting to become a paralegal?

We offer a Beginning Legal Technician Certificate and an Associate of Applied Science-Paralegal. Every course in the Certificate counts towards the Associates degree. The course catalog has the most up-to-date information on required classes.

I already have a degree in another field and what to change careers to become a paralegal, so what is the best educational pathway for me?

Start with the Certificate because every class counts toward the Associates and by starting with the Certificate, you immediately begin taking legal classes. We will work with you to count as many credits as possible from your other degree towards the Paralegal program. 

I work as a secretary in a law firm and want to become a paralegal. What is the best educational pathway for me?

Start with the Certificate program because all of the classes count toward the associate degree and you begin the legal coursework immediately.

Is there professional certification for paralegals?

Yes, there is the option for professional certification for paralegals through NALA-The Paralegal Association or NFPA which requires passing an examination and taking continuing legal education classes.

Do paralegals concentrate in a particular area of law, like bankruptcy, criminal, probate and estate planning, intellectual property rights, etc.?

They can!  In Texas, the Texas Board of Legal Specializations (TBLS) was created in 1974 by the Supreme Court of Texas at the request of the State Bar of Texas.  TBLS certifies paralegals in 8 specialty areas

What is the salary range for paralegals?

This is a tough question. Sometimes, the salary number might seem low, but the firm offers excellent benefits that if added to the salary would make it quite high. The US Department of Labor-Bureau of Labor Statistics states the median pay for 2019 was $51,740 per year or $24.87 per hour. shows a range in Texas of $44-70K per year. shows a range of $30,000-54,000 per year in Texas.




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