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Teacher Education

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teacher_edThe Associate in Arts Degree in Teacher Education offered by Nashua Community College is designed to prepare students to work as certified Paraeducators or totransfer to Teacher Education Programs at four-year colleges and universities.

The Teacher Education program has been designed using the NH Department of Education Professional Preparation Educator Programs standards and the recommendations of the NH Task Force on Effective Teaching.  The degree establishes requirements in three areas:

1) general education;

2) teacher education; and

3) a major area of concentration.

The general education area is a coherent and substantive balance in English and literature, science, mathematics, social science, and humanities/arts/world language.  Teacher education courses for area two are designed first to help students determine if teaching is a career of interest; to provide beginning knowledge, skills and dispositions of effective teachers as they prepare to transfer to four-year institutions; and to offer the entry level courses which transfer to most four-year colleges/universities.  At the beginning of their Teacher Education program all students should also select a major area of concentration from one of the following areas: Humanities, Fine Arts, Social sciences, mathematics, or sciences or an interdisciplinary program.  

Field-based experiences are required in all Teacher Education courses.  Students are expected to provide their own transportation to these sites.  Professional language, behavior and dress are expected at all sites.  Students must demonstrate that they have sufficient social, emotional, and physical ability to respond quickly and appropriately to unexpected student and classroom situations.  Additional Technical Skills are identified on page 84. 

Students should be advised that laws require those working in a public school setting be free of criminal convictions and be fingerprinted as outlined in RSA189:13.  There may be a fee for fingerprinting for NCC Teacher Education students prior to beginning school observations. 

NCC Students are required to pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators prior to graduation.  Electives should be taken that assure students are able to meet this requirement.  Students should be aware that GPA requirements for admissions to four-year Teacher Education programs are generally 2.5 or higher. 

Because each four-year institution has unique requirements for its Teacher Education program, it is imperative that, early in their college career, students consider to which institutions they may wish to transfer to be prepared with the appropriate course requirements for transfer.  Students should contact NCC Academic Advising or the Coordinator of Teacher Education to be sure their planned program will prepare them for their futures.  

An interview with the Education Department Chair is required for admission into the program.

EDUN130 Foundations of Education 3 0 3
ENGN101 College Composition 4 0 4
PSYN101 Introduction to Psychology 3 0 3
EDUN131 Teaching with Technology 2 2 3
General Education:  Group F or G Elective (see advisor) 3 0 3
EDUN132 Introduction to Exceptionalities 3 0 3
General Education:  Group A Elective (200 level Literature course recommended) 3 0 3
General Education: Group E Elective (Statistics course recommended) 4 0 4
General Education: Group D Elective (see advisor) 3 0 3
General Education: Group F or G (see advisor)
EDUN240 Creating Positive Learning Environments 3 0 3
PSYN201 Human Growth and Development 3 0 3
General Education: Group B Lab Science 3 2 4
General Education: Group F or G Elective (see advisor) 3 0 3
Elective: Major Concentration 3 0 3
General Education: Group E Elective (MHTN110 or higher recommended) 4 0 4
General Education: Group B Lab Science 3 1 4
Elective: Major Concentration 3 0 3
Elective: Major Concentration 3 0 3
EDUN295 Teacher Education:  A Capstone Experience -OR- 3 0 3
  EDUN296: Secondary Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment      
Total Credits 65

Notes:   Expectations for four-year institutions vary.  Students should investigate their future choice(s) in four-year institutions to determine elective coursework and meet with an advisor to discuss all course selections.    Course selections should prepare students to pass Praxis Core of Academic Skills for Educators prior to graduation.  For assistance, contact Academic Advising or the Coordinator for Teacher Education.

Students are advised to contact transfer institutions in order to make appropriate elective course selections. Please check with academic advisor prior to registering.

*Sciences with a laboratory component must be elected. In some transfer programs sequential science courses may be required. Other transfer programs require courses be taken from a variety science disciplines.
**Students will select concentration courses as recommended by their academic advisor transfer institution to prepare the student for a major focus after transfer.
Program Outcomes