Director and Advisor:
Kathleen McIlwain, Ph.D.
Office: Benoit Education Center
Phone: (603) 897-8572
This master’s degree program is designed for students who hold a bachelor’s degree and want to become certified to teach at the elementary level in general special education. An interview is required with the Director of the Elementary/General Special Education Program to review transcripts and develop a program of studies. Taking into consideration previous course work and prior experiences, the program director reviews the required and elective courses for the licensure area or professional role to determine: the sequence of the course work, waiver of courses, and any additional background preparation indicated by the General Education Studies Checklist. The student’s current and prior teaching experiences are reviewed to determine the experiences needed to fulfill the field experience requirements. Early field-based-experiences are tailored to the needs, competencies, and current and prior experiences of the applicant. Field experiences are embedded in relevant courses.
Students seeking teacher certification must apply to the Professional Educator Program (PEPP) after successfully completing 12 credits, receiving positive Professional Disposition reports from a cooperating practitioner and university professor, and maintaining a minimum of a 3.0 GPA.
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 Director of the Elementary Education program reviews the student’s complete records and recommends the student for licensure.