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Educator Preparation

“Enter to learn, go forth to serve”, the Keene State College motto since 1909, exemplifies the educator preparation programs at the College. Not only do our students embody this motto through their work, but they discover ways to support their future students to “enter to learn, go forth to serve”.


Current Students

If you are currently enrolled in an undergraduate educator preparation program at KSC, click here

If you are currently enrolled in a graduate educator preparation program at KSC, click here


Information for Cooperating Professionals

If you are a cooperating professional, you can find Methods, Practicum, Student Teaching, and Internship information and forms. More about Information for Cooperating Professionals


Programs

Undergraduate and Graduate Programs

Undergraduate Educator Preparation programs at KSC focus on an understanding of the teaching profession, the diversity of learners, and effective teaching practices, with supervised pre-professional experiences. These programs lead to a recommendation for endorsement for NH certification to the New Hampshire Department of Education.

Keene State College also offers post-baccalaureate, master’s and post-master’s programs allowing you to become a teacher, advanced special educator, master teacher, school counselor, or principal. These programs lead to certification or advanced degrees in Education.

Undergraduate Programs

There are 6 undergraduate educator preparation programs at Keene State College which lead to recommendation for endorsement for NH certification to the New Hampshire Department of Education:

  • Early Childhood Development
  • Elementary Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Physical Education Teacher Certification
  • Music Education
  • Dance Education (Dual degree with Elementary or Early Childhood)
  • Special Education Offerings at Keene State College: Special Education certification (K to 12) is available as a one-year Master of Education degree for students who have completed a bachelor's degree with teacher certification in early childhood, elementary or secondary education programs. Please visit Master of Education - Special Education Option (below) for further information or Contact the Graduate Studies office.
    Special Education courses are offered throughout the curriculum, at the undergraduate level. However, the undergraduate Special Education major is currently under review and there is an administrative hold on admissions into the undergraduate special education program.

Early Childhood

This program includes a multidisciplinary understanding of children from infancy through third grade and fulfills the requirements for Birth through Age Eight teacher certification. More

Elementary

This program includes a multidisciplinary understanding of children from kindergarten through grade 8 and fulfills the requirements for Elementary Education (K-8) teacher certification. More

Secondary

These programs prepare students to teach a specific subject or discipline, and fulfill the requirements for middle or high school certification :

K – 12

These programs prepare students to teach a specific subject or discipline from kindergarten through grade 12, and fulfill the requirements for K-12 certification:

Graduate Educator Preparation Programs

Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification

The Post-Baccalaureate teacher certification program is designed for individuals who hold a Bachelor’s degree and are seeking teacher certification.  More

Graduate Educator Certification

This program is designed for individuals who hold a Bachelor’s degree and seek certification in General Special Education (K-12). More

Master of Education

The KSC programs of Graduate Study in Education are designed for the educator who seeks new knowledge, skills,or additional certification. Master of Education programs include:

Post-Master’s Certification

Designed for the educator who currently holds an appropriate master’s degree and who wishes to become certifiable as a school principal or school counselor, post-master’s certification programs are available within the Educational Leadership and School Counselor programs.


Accreditation

Keene State College prepares competent, reflective educators. Each educator preparation program’s curriculum is designed to meet both national and state standards and is grounded in the KSC Teacher Education Conceptual Framework.

Keene State College is nationally accredited through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and has continuously maintained this status since 1954. In 2011 the New Hampshire State Board of Education once again granted 5 year full approval to all our educator preparation programs, recognizing the College’s quality programs which ensure that certification candidates meet the New Hampshire educator standards. More about Accreditation


Field Experience and Clinical Practice

Keene State College educator preparation programs are committed to experiential learning. Programs require students to complete a series of thoughtfully designed and incrementally challenging field experiences, gradually increasing expectations for both time and responsibility in the clinical setting. More about Field Experience and Clinical Practice


Professional Development

New and experienced educators can enhance their knowledge and skills through various professional development opportunities at Keene State College. Graduate-level courses, professional workshops, conferences, and distance learning or weekend courses are available through the Graduate Studies Office, Continuing Education, and Southwestern New Hampshire Educational Support Center. More about Professional Development


Location and Hours

Rhodes Hall, S111.
Educator Preparation Office is open from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Educator Preparation Office and Unit Resources

The Educator Preparation Office works closely with the Graduate Studies Office and the faculty from the Elementary Education, Early Childhood Development, Secondary Education, and K-12 programs. This collaboration helps to ensure a successful educator preparation experience for each student that meets certification requirements and state, regional, and national accreditation standards. More about Educator Preparation Office and Unit Resources


Contact the Educator Preparation Office

To learn more about Educator Preparation Programs at Keene State College, please contact the Educator Preparation Office or the Department Chairperson for a particular program.

Educator Preparation Office
603 358-2286
229 Main Street

Keene, New Hampshire 03435