The experiences and courses offered in teacher education will introduce students to the profession of teaching and help them acquire a level of competency necessary for certification. Certification in New Hampshire qualifies the student to teach in a specific content. Prospective middle/ secondary teachers may major in any of the following: Chemistry, Applied Physics, English, French, History, Latin, Mathematics, or Spanish and minor in secondary education. Emphasis in coursework is placed on middle and secondary education.
There are four practicum or field-based experiences:
ED130 Principles of Teaching and Learning, 30 hours
ED322 Inclusion,Equity, and Diversity in Education, 20 hours
ED431 Fundamentals of Teaching, 10 hours
ED432 Supervised Student Teaching for 12 weeks
Each placement will be in a school with an experienced certified middle/ secondary teacher. It is highly recommended that a variety of sites are used: parochial, city, and suburban. It is not unusual that most of the students' electives must be utilized. For this reason early career decision and careful program planning are essential.
Sequence of Courses
The preferred sequence is designed for the student who makes an early decision to enter one of the Teacher Education Programs. An individualized plan of study is developed by the Education Department Advisor with each student. Variation will depend upon when students apply and the area of certification. Please refer to core and major requirements section of the catalog.
Discuss your plans with your content/major advisor. Concentrate on general and major course requirements. Second semester, complete an application for the Sophomore Early Field Experience (SEFE).
ED130 Principles of Teaching and Learning (fall spring)
ED315 Human Growth and Development (fall, spring, or summer session I)
ED322 Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity in Education, 20 hr practicum (fall or spring)
ED340 Curriculum and Assessment in Teaching
Apply to Student Teaching
PRAXIS II (fall)
ED440-445 Content Methods (spring)- select the one in your content area
ED432 Supervised Student Teaching (spring)
ED 31 Fundamentals of Teaching Middle/Secondary, 10 hr. practicum (fall and spring requirements)
For all students in the Middle/Secondary Education Program, specific requirements for the various content areas are outlined below.
- English Language Arts (English)
- Classical Languages (Latin)
- Modern Languages (French and Spanish)
- Applied Physics
- Social Studies (History)
Students should bear in mind that most chemistry courses have prerequisites. Consequently prospective teachers schedule their calculus and physics courses to be completed by the end of their sophomore year. This action will enable the students to complete the chemistry major and allow for student teaching during the second semester of senior year. In CH420 the student will plan a research project in chemical education. The project will be implemented in ED432. CH420 Research & Seminar I carries no credit. ED432 fulfills the CH421 requirement for chemistry in the educational track, provided the student fulfills the thesis presentation requirements of CH421.
English Language Arts (English major)
Students are required to take EN355 Introduction to General Linguistics. EN251 Shakespeare, EN221 Public Speaking, and CL222 or CL223 Classical Mythology are recommended electives.
Classical Languages (Latin)
Students are required to take CL321-322: Latin Prose Composition I/ II; CL258: Etymologies: Words and Word Power; HI312: Ancient Rome; Prerequisites: CL103-104: Elementary Latin and CL205-206: Intermediate Latin.
Students are suggested to take MA360: Modern Geometry. Also, it is highly recommended that students enroll in either CS115 Discrete Math or MA390 Combinatorics. Prospective teachers must also either take a computer- programming course or complete a senior project, which exhibits an in-depth familiarity with Mathematica's programming capabilities.
Modern Languages (Spanish and French)
Students are required to successfully complete a study abroad or immersion program for at least one semester (or equivalent summer program) in order to receive a teaching license. The purpose is to develop linguistic competency and further appreciate the culture. If this is not a viable option, an immersion experience in the target language is required. Information on study abroad opportunities and/or immersion programs is available in the Department of Modern Languages.
Students are required to meet with the Physics Chairperson to select appropriate courses to meet competencies for Physics and Teacher Education. Students are required to take PS241 Statics and PS380 Electricity and Magnetism. Students select two additional technical electives.
Social Studies (History Major)
To comply with the State's requirement, prospective social studies teachers must be able to show competence in various areas of both history and social studies (geography, civics and economics). It has been helpful to students in the past to use their elective options to take an American government course (PO102, PO212, or PO219) or a basic economics course (EC101). Students are also encouraged to take a course which focuses on the relationship between humans and their environment (HI358: History of New England or other courses). The content/major Advisor must be consulted for electives as well as courses within the history department.