The Associate in Arts degree in Teacher Education provides students with the skills needed to become effective educators. Students learn about the functions of schools, the processes in teaching, and many effective teaching strategies. Using a well-balanced, hands-on approach, this degree prepares its majors to teach and assess students at all ability levels. Furthermore, it prepares its majors either to work in the educational field as paraeducators or to transfer to a four-year degree program to become a teacher. The most popular transfer option is through a partnership between WMCC and PSU called the North Country Teacher Certification Program. Click here to learn more.
Students looking to transfer to a college or university must achieve a passing score on all three Praxis Core Skills exams (reading, writing, math). Students must also maintain a GPA of 2.7 or 3.0 depending on the college or university to which they transfer. Therefore, they should reach out to the college or university in advance.
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 Accessibility Services Coordinator to discuss available services.
Because the health and safety of children, adolescents, and other learners are of paramount concern to the program, applicants for teaching positions in public and private schools in New Hampshire must, prior to employment, undergo background checks through the New Hampshire Department of Safety at https://www.nhsp.dos.nh.gov/our-services/criminal-records/criminal-history-record-requests
For state certification as an educator in New Hampshire, students should review the information on the NH Department of Education’s website or contact them directly at https://www.education.nh.gov/