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Introduction to Teacher Education
Certification to teach in the public schools requires a four-year degree. This program is designed to prepare students to transfer to four-year institutions with a Teacher Education degree and also meets the needs of paraprofessionals seeking to fulfill national and state requirements. The program provides introductory experiences at the elementary, middle, and/or high school level as well as exposes students to a variety of teaching philosophies and approaches to curriculum, classroom management, student engagement, and meeting individual needs. The historical, societal, and legal aspects are also explored. The student works closely with an academic advisor to choose the electives and sequence of courses that best meet the specific requirements of their chosen teaching fields and transfer institution. Students should be aware that most four-year colleges require the successful completion of the Praxis core examination as well as a minimum grade point average, usually 2.5 or better, as a condition of admission.
Students are advised that anyone working in a public school must be free of criminal convictions as required by the NH Department of Education. Some schools may require a background check prior to observing or volunteering. The student may incur fees in meeting this requirement.
The mission of the Teacher Education Program is to provide students with the foundation to become effective educators. Students will gain a firm understanding of schools and their functions, the teaching process, effective techniques and the art of reflection in order to meet the needs of all children. Students will be able to experience elementary, middle and high school levels. The program is aligned with national standards and four-year colleges with education degrees.