2020-2021 Residential Undergraduate Catalog 
    Nov 29, 2022  
2020-2021 Residential Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]





The Teacher Certification Major at New England College provides a strong academic and practical educational foundation through experiences, both in the college classroom and in the K-12 field.  Students are connected to the world of teacher education through coursework that blends together research-based best practices, application to the field, hands on experiences, and values embedded in social justice.  During their time at NEC, students are provided a variety of opportunities to collaborate with their peers, faculty members, and practicing professionals in the K-12 environment.  An emphasis on evaluating and synthesizing current educational practices and relevant pedagogy is woven throughout their time here.

Learning Outcomes

The student will:

  • Reflect on and analyze their teaching practice and engagement with learners.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to life‐long learning and teaching enhancement.
  • Demonstrate their ability to work and communicate effectively with others to understand, negotiate, and influence complex systems.
  • Apply learning as a means of becoming agents of change who can effectively identify and meet the needs of diverse learners and communities.

Requirements for Acceptance to the Teacher Certificate Programs:

Students accepted into the major, must meet the following criteria:

1. Complete the NH criminal history record check process

2. Submit passing scores for the CORE Academic Skills Tests for more information please go to http://www.ets.org/praxis/nh/ Please NOTE: minimum SAT scores may substitute for the CORE Academic Skills test.

3. Complete a teaching portfolio.

4. During an interview, successfully present their portfolio to a panel of NEC faculty.

5. Meet the minimum grade requirements:

  • grades of C or better in ED 1012, or, if the student is a conversion student, grades of C or better in at least one College Writing course;
  • a grade of B- or better in ED 1000  Introduction to Teaching (undergraduate) or ED 6410 ‐ Dynamics of Educational Reform and Systems Change (graduate);
  • completion of MT 1015  Number Sense (required of elementary education, secondary education (English, or social studies), general special education K-12, and theatre K-12 majors),MT 1600  Pre-calculus (required of secondary education life sciences), Math 1000 or above (required of physical education K-12) with a grade of C or better or, if the student is a conversion student, a grade of C or better in a college level math course;
  • passing scores on the CORE Academic Skills Test;
  • a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 for acceptance into and retention in the teacher certification major (undergraduate); a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 for acceptance into and retention in the Masters of Education and teacher certification program;
  • sophomore status (undergraduate) or completion of ED 6410 (graduate);
  • have grades of B or better in at least three education courses

6. Score a 2 or better on the NH TCAP7

7. All students are required to complete a minimum of 640 hours of Student Teaching in a placement that is authorized by the Director of Teacher Certification and aligns with their intended area of certification.

8. Elementary education majors complete all requirements for elementary education and a minimum of 24 credits in social studies, English Language Arts, science, or mathematics (Content Concentration). 

9. Students must maintain a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.75 (Undergraduate) and 3.0 (Graduate) in order to remain fully accepted in the major. 

Obtaining Certification

Students who successfully complete the teacher certification program can apply to the New Hampshire Department of Education for NH State Certification. Depending upon the certification track, students must complete testing:

Elementary Education K-8 - Core Academic Skills Test, Praxis II in Middle School based on your concentration area of social studies, mathematics, sciences, or English Language Arts, Praxis II for elementary education, and Foundations of Reading Test. https://www.ets.org/praxis/nh/  

Secondary Education (English, life sciences, social studies. NOTE: Certification in Mathematics is only available for graduate teacher conversion students) - Core Academic Skills Test and Praxis II based on your area of certification, English, life sciences, social studies. (NOTE: Certification in Mathematics is only available for graduate teacher conversion students). https://www.ets.org/praxis/nh/                 

Theatre Education K-12 -  Core Academic Skills Test Praxis II (when required by the NH State Department of Education) https://www.ets.org/praxis/nh/          

Physical Education K-12 - Core Academic Skills Test and Praxis II https://www.ets.org/praxis/nh/  

Special Education K-12  - Core Academic Skills Test https://www.ets.org/praxis/nh/

Post‐Baccalaureate Conversion

New England College also offers a post-baccalaureate conversion program to prepare individuals for New Hampshire State Teacher Certification in elementary, secondary (English, Life Science, Social Studies, Mathematics), general special education K-12, physical education K-12, and theatre education K-12. The program is designed specifically for people who have completed a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university and seek additional courses and student teaching to fulfill state certification requirements. Recognizing the unique educational backgrounds of each participant, New England College’s conversion program develops an academic plan that satisfies all of the required education courses for the student’s area of certification, as well as any additional courses in general education and/or content‐related disciplines. In this program, it is also possible simultaneously to achieve certification and earn a Master’s degree in education. Individuals interested in this program should contact the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies for more information.