The M.Ed. in Elementary Education is designed for students who hold a bachelor’s degree and want to become licensed 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 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 Division Curriculum Committee, Student Performance Review.
The recommendation is provided to the Officer for Licensure who recommends the student for licensure 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 licensure 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 licensure provide passing scores on the following tests:
- Praxis II for Elementary
- Pearson Foundations of Reading
- Praxis II middle school for (Elementary K-8 certification only)
Upon completion of this program, you will be eligible for certification in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories, the Department of Defense Education Activity, Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario per the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.