You have expertise in a technical field and want to share your passion through teaching? The WMCC Career and Technical Education program is designed with the support of the NH Department of Education, and assists students to become certified teachers in Career and Technical Education programs.
This program is designed to offer students the knowledge and skills required by the New Hampshire Department of Education standards for career and technical educator certification. This certificate program has been constructed according to the competencies required for Ed 610.01 Professional Education and Ed 507.02 Teachers of Career and Technical Education.
The program is comprised of eight courses, many of which are offered on-line. The program is designed to allow students to utilize these credits toward the Associate in Arts in Teacher Education or the Associate Degree in an Interdisciplinary Studies or Career and Technical program at WMCC or any one of the Community Colleges in the system. Additionally, students will have an opportunity to use the credits toward the pursuit of a Bachelor’s Degree program, or a graduate program in education through Plymouth State University.
Candidates for positions and careers in education are encouraged to explore health requirements associated with employment in a school setting. Prospective students with special needs requiring accommodations that may affect their learning are encouraged to contact the Accessibility Services Coordinator.
The health and safety of children, adolescents, and other learners is of paramount concern to the program. Applicants for teaching positions in public and private schools in New Hampshire should be aware that background checks through the New Hampshire Department of Safety must be completed by potential employers prior to employment. Students must also be aware that the College requires national criminal background checks for admission into the Teacher Education, Special Education Certificate, and Career and Technical Education Certificate Programs. The cost of the background check is the responsibility of the student. Applicants, who have been in difficulty with the law, depending upon the nature of their experience, may not be employable or even eligible for field experience. Applicants are advised that such matters may be discussed during an admission interview so that future goals to be a teacher will not be compromised.
Technical standards have been established to provide guidance to students as to skills and abilities required to function successfully in the program and ultimately in the public and/or private school classroom as teachers. Applicants who think they may not be able to meet one or more of the technical standards should contact program faculty members to discuss individual cases. Department faculty will give serious consideration to all academically qualified candidates providing that the technical standards can be met with reasonable accommodations. Students in the program must have sufficient strength, stamina and motor coordination to perform the following:
- Sufficient hearing and visual acuity to ensure a safe environment and ability to respond quickly in the event of emergency;
- Sufficient verbal ability to express and exchange information and ideas, as well as to interpret important instructions to children, adolescents, colleagues, and parents;
- Sufficient writing skills to accurately record students’ daily progress and milestones, as well as a variety of reports;
- Ability to work with frequent interruptions, to respond appropriately to unexpected situations, and to cope with extreme variations in workload and stress levels.
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to identify, evaluate, and assess students’ career and technical skills. Students will demonstrate proficiency in teaching strategies and techniques for teaching diverse populations.
Program available in Berlin.