Welcome to the Education Department at Saint Anselm College. The Teacher Education Programs (TEP) are designed to integrate liberal arts general education, specialized content major, and teacher education requirements.

Our programs emphasize a strong theoretical base and practical experience. Its strengths lie in the use of reflective practice, multiple opportunities for teaching in diverse classrooms, and extensive content knowledge. In doing so, it is not unusual that most of the student's electives must be utilized. For this reason early career decision and careful program planning are essential. Refer to the catalogue for specific course descriptions and plans of study.

New Hampshire has reciprocity agreements with approximately 40 other states, certification eligibility is extended to a considerably larger geographical area. It is an individual's responsibility to contact the state of choice in order to obtain licensing requirements and guidelines in other states. It is advised that the state of interest be contacted to confirm specific requirements that may differ from those within New Hampshire (e.g. grade point averages, professional experience, testing requirements, and passing thresholds, etc.).

Do you want to teach elementary school students?

Students who want to teach elementary students grades K-6, major in Education Studies: Elementary Education. Teacher candidates complete course, clinical, performance assessment and state, testing requirements.

Do you want to teach middle or high school students?

Students who want to teach middle or high school students major in a content area and major in Secondary Education. Teacher candidates complete course, clinical, performance assessment and state, testing requirements.

Select one of the following content areas as your content major: Mathematics, Chemistry, Applied Physics, Natural Science, Fine Arts, History, English, Modern Languages (Spanish or French) or Classical Languages (Latin).

Upon successful completion of requirements, candidates are eligible for NH licensure to teach in one of the following areas:

  • ESOL K-12
  • French K-12
  • Latin K-12
  • Music K-12
  • Spanish K-12
  • Visual Arts K-12
  • English Language Arts 5-12
  • Social Studies 5-12
  • Applied Physics 7-12
  • Chemistry 7-12
  • Life Science 7-12
  • Mathematics 7-12

Do you want to teach ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages)?

Students who want to teach English language learners in K-12, major in Elementary Education and minor in ESOL.

Our programs emphasize a strong theoretical base and practical experience. Its strengths lie in the use of reflective practice, multiple opportunities for teaching in diverse classrooms, and extensive content knowledge. In doing so, it is not unusual that most of the student's electives must be utilized. For this reason early career decision and careful program planning are essential. Refer to the catalogue for specific course descriptions and plans of study.

New Hampshire has reciprocity agreements with approximately 40 other states, certification eligibility is extended to a considerably larger geographical area. It is an individual's responsibility to contact the state of choice in order to obtain licensing requirements and guidelines in other states. It is advised that the state of interest be contacted to confirm specific requirements that may differ from those within New Hampshire (e.g. grade point averages, professional experience, testing requirements, and passing thresholds, etc.).

Minors

The Department of Education offers two related minors:

ESOL Minor and Certification (K-12)

ESOL Teacher candidates may major in Elementary Education. Candidates will have coursework and clinical experiences which emphasize elementary and secondary education. Refer to the Online College Catalogue for more information, including course descriptions.

Education Minor without Certification

The Non-Licensure Education minor is designed for students who are majoring in a complementary or contrasting program of study. It does not lead to teacher licensure. Refer to the Online College Catalogue for more information, including course descriptions.

Clinical Experiences

The Teacher Education Programs at Saint Anselm College have adopted a Clinical Practice model. Teacher education candidates have multiple and diverse clinical placements across settings and grade levels. Beginning in the sophomore year, students take a participatory role in an assigned classroom. Each candidate is placed in an urban, suburban and an optional placement in a Catholic school given the mission of the college. The clinical placements are embedded in education courses with correlating assigned projects and experiences with the intent to connect theoretical foundation with practical application. Students plan, implement, reflect and receive feedback on teaching experiences in schools. Prior to their Capstone Clinical Experience, students have completed four to five experiences and over 100 hours in classrooms.

We have 26 partnership kindergarten, elementary, intermediate, middle and high schools in urban, suburban, and private Catholic educational settings. We have one signed contract with a PDS (professional development school). Additional community relationships include optional service and collaborations with schools in the area, region and country. Specifically, some students have participated in tutoring in the America Reads/America Counts program at a local urban elementary school; volunteered at a private Catholic school in Portola Valley, CA; volunteered at the David School, an alternative middle and high school in Kentucky; and volunteered at Catholic schools in Austin, TX.

  • Elementary Education

    There are five clinical experiences beginning in the sophomore year that are embedded in each of the following courses: ED 240  - Principles of Teaching and Learning, SEFE (Sophomore Early Field Experience), 30 hours; ED 322 - Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity in Education, 30 hours; ED 375 - Theory and Methods of Teaching Elementary Reading, 30 hours; ED 430 - Elementary Reading and Mathematics Seminar, Bridge Experience, 20 hours; and ED 432 - Supervised Student Teaching, 15 weeks. Each placement will be in a school with an experienced certified elementary educator. Candidates will complete a clinical experience in one of each of the following grade groupings: (K-2), (3-4), and (5-6). It is highly recommended that a variety of sites are used: Catholic, urban, and suburban.

  • Secondary Education

    There are four clinical experiences beginning in the sophomore year that are embedded in each of the following courses: ED 240 - Principles of Teaching and Learning, SEFE (Sophomore Early Field Experience), 30 hours; ED 322 - Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity in Education, 30 hours; ED 440-445 Content Methods, Bridge Experience, 20 hours; and ED 432 - Supervised Student Teaching, 15 weeks. Each placement will be in a school with an experienced certified educator. Candidates will complete a clinical experience in one of each of the following grade groupings: middle school and high school It is highly recommended that a variety of sites are used: Catholic, urban, and suburban.

Requirements for Licensure

Teacher candidates complete required courses (core, major, and education), clinical experiences and internal and external assessment requirements. Teacher candidates complete the TCAP (Teacher candidate assessment of performance) during their clinical capstone experience while taking a two credit seminar, ED 490 TCAP seminar. In addition, candidates complete state testing requirements.

  • PRAXIS Tests (or state equivalent)

    In order to be certified to teach, you need to pass state required tests. These tests are also used to determine your acceptance into the Teacher Education Program during your sophomore year and count as your comprehensive exams senior year. Students are responsible for registering for the PRAXIS Core Academic Skills and PRAXIS II: Subject Assessments. Candidates need to receive a passing score on the Praxis Core Academic Skills Test prior to application to the TEP (Teacher Education Program). PRAXIS II is completed during the semester prior to student teaching. Please see the Teacher Education Handbook for details. It is the students' responsibility to find out which tests and subtests are required by the state in which they anticipate seeking licensure. The Academic Resource Center (ARC) offers workshops and tutoring and the library has materials to help prepare for the tests.

  • Criminal Records Checks

    The Education Department at Saint Anselm College stresses the importance of appropriate ethical and moral conduct of those who will interact with young people. The State of New Hampshire requires (RSA 189:13-a) a criminal records check. All students participating in clinical experiences through the Education Department are required to be fingerprinted and have a NH and FBI background check prior to their first clinical placement embedded in ED 240 (Sophomore Early Field Experience). Returned background checks will be recorded in the Education Department and should suffice for the students' remaining clinical experiences throughout the program. However, if a student takes courses out of order or requests a clinical placement outside of Saint Anselm College's partnering school network, additional background checks may be required.

Title II Report

Saint Anselm College's Education Department complies with federal reporting requirements under Title II (Sections 205 through 208) of the Higher Education Act. The most recent report is available below. Hard copies of the report are available in the Education Department.