The Associate in Arts degree in Teacher Education concentrates on the foundations of education using a well-balanced approach. Students may elect to focus on any of the following areas: elementary education, math education, science education, social science education, or English education. Students taking the associate degree in Teacher Education may select the Special Education track. This track provides teachers and paraprofessionals with the knowledge, skills, and strategies for supporting students with disabilities.
By offering a broad range of courses, this degree prepares graduates to be paraeducators. Alternatively, they can transfer their credits to baccalaureate institutions to pursue a career in teaching at the elementary, middle school, or secondary education levels. WMCC has transfer agreements with the University System of New Hampshire. Students who wish to transfer to Plymouth State University must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.7, in addition to passing the Praxis 1 exam.
After completing their associate degree, students interested in matriculating in a baccalaureate degree teacher program are responsible for researching the requirements of such programs, including transfer procedures.
Specific admission requirements include:
- Algebra I and Algebra II with a grade of C or
- Strong verbal and written English language
- Personal interview with Admissions Director and/ or faculty member (may be required).
Candidates for positions and careers in education should explore health requirements associated with employment in a school setting. Prospective students with special needs that may affect their learning are encouraged to contact the Disabilities Services Coordinator for accommodation options.
The health and safety of children, adolescents, and other learners are of paramount concern to the program. Prior to employment, applicants for teaching positions in public and private schools in New Hampshire must undergo background checks through the New Hampshire Department of Safety. For admission into the Teacher Education associate degree, the Special Education certificate, and the Career and Technical Education certificate, applicants must likewise undergo national criminal background checks. The cost of the background check is the responsibility of the student. Applicants with a criminal record, depending on the nature of this record, may not be eligible for field experience or employment. Applicants are advised to discuss such matters during an admission interview to avoid confusion.