Impacting the lives of children and adolescents through education is a special calling. Will you answer that call? WMCC can provide you with the skills to impact young lives in the classroom. The Associate in Arts degree in Teacher Education concentrates on the foundations of education in a well-balanced approach. The program is designed to allow students to transfer all WMCC credits to a four-year degree program to become a certified elementary, middle, or secondary education teacher.
The Associate in Arts in Teacher Education concentrates on the foundations of education in a well-balanced approach. The program is designed to allow students to transfer to a four-year degree program to become teachers. It allows students to focus on elementary, middle, and secondary education. Students may elect to focus on any of the following areas:
- Elementary Education
- Math Education
- Science Education
- Social Science Education
- English Education
Students taking the Associate in Arts Degree in Teacher Education may select the Special Education Track. This program provides teachers and paraprofessionals with the knowledge, skills and strategies for supporting students with disabilities.
By offering a broad range of courses, the program prepares graduates to be para educators or to transfer their credits to baccalaureate degree-granting institutions to pursue a career in teaching. White Mountains Community College has transfer agreements with the University System of New Hampshire. Those students who intend to transfer to Plymouth State University must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.7 in addition to passing the Praxis 1 exam.
Specific admission requirements include the following:
- Algebra I and Algebra II with a grade of C or higher.
- Strong verbal and written English language skills are major considerations for acceptance.
- Personal interview with Admissions Director and/or faculty member may be required.
- Students interested in matriculation in a baccalaureate teacher program after completion of the Associate Degree are responsible for researching the requirements of such programs and their transfer procedures.
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 Disabilities 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.
Program available in Berlin.