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2017-2018 Graduate Catalog

Master of Education in Elementary Education (Certification Program)


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Director and Advisor
Peter Bonaccorsi, Ed.D.

Office:  Benoit Education Center
Phone: (603) 897-8564
E-mail: pbonaccorsi@rivier.edu

The M.Ed. in Elementary Education is designed for students who hold a bachelor’s degree and want to become certified to teach at the elementary level. Taking into consideration previous course work and prior experiences the program director reviews transcripts to determine the sequence of the courses and any additional background preparation. Early field experiences are tailored to the needs, competencies, and current and prior experiences of the student. Field experiences are embedded in relevant courses.

New Hampshire teacher licensure is not automatic with the completion of the internship. Students apply for licensure after successfully completing the internship, the program competencies, and other program requirements.

The program director reviews the student’s complete records and recommends the student for completion of degree requirements to the Professional Educator Preparation Committee and the Division. The Division of Education Officer for Certification recommends the student for Certification to the NH Department of Education. Students are advised to periodically review the NHDOE website for state examination requirements and meet with the Program Director to determine a plan for the successful completion of examination requirements.

Students seeking teacher certification must apply to the Professional Educator Program (PEPP) after successfully completing 12 credits. They also must have received positive reports from a cooperating practitioner and university professor(s), maintained a minimum of a 3.0 GPA, and successful completed the Praxis Test of Core Academic Skills. In addition to these Rivier University PEPP requirements, the state of New Hampshire requires that students seeking teacher certification provide passing scores on the following  tests:  

  • Praxis II (Elementary K-6 and K-8 or Early Childhood)
  • Pearson Foundations of Reading (elementary K-6 and K-8; and Early Childhood)
  • Praxis II middle school (elementary K-8 certification)

Degree Requirements (39 credits)


Specific Pedagogy Courses (6 credits)


Internship/Seminar (6 credits)


Students must be accepted by the PEPP Committee, complete all coursework, and maintain a 3.0 GPA in order to enroll in ED 690, and show evidence of preparation for examinations or successful completion of state certification examinations.

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