Jul 15, 2020  
2019-2020 Rivier Academic Catalog 
2019-2020 Rivier Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Education in Elementary Education (Certification Program)

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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 of education. 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 certification is not automatic with the completion of the internship. Students apply for certificationafter 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 Division Curriculum Committee, Student Performance Review.

The recommendation is provided to the Officer for Certification who 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 for Education 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), maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA, and successfully complete the Praxis Test of Core Academic Skills. In addition to PEPP requirements, the state of New Hampshire requires that students seeking teacher certification provide passing scores on the following tests:  

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

Degree Requirements (39 Credits)

Specific Pedagogy Courses (6 Credits)

Internship/Seminar (6 Credits)

Students must be accepted into the PEPP, 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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