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Education

Bachelor of Science
School of Professional and Graduate Studies

The Education major has four options:

  • Early Childhood Development
  • Elementary Education
  • Secondary Education

Additionally, students in two specialized programs that lead to K-12 certification – Physical Education Teacher Certification and Music Education – take courses offered in the program.

Building on the historical legacy of teacher preparation at Keene State College, the Education program mission is to prepare competent, reflective classroom teachers and other professional school personnel who utilize effective teaching practices and who create developmentally appropriate educational environments for diverse learners. We integrate liberal arts knowledge and professional preparation for each program we offer and incorporate state and national standards for each specialty area. Keene State College has been an NCATE accredited institution since 1954; each education program option meets state and national standards and prepares teacher candidates who demonstrate appropriate content knowledge, pedagogical knowledge and skills, ability to impact student learning, and professionalism.

Our curriculum is based on the KSC Educator Preparation Conceptual Framework, which states that we prepare teacher candidates who: (1) explore the dynamic nature of the teaching and learning process, (2) demonstrate professional and ethical behaviors that meet high expectations and standards, (3) understand the world from multiple perspectives, and (4) contribute to a just and equitable world. The coursework builds on ecological theories of human development and examines the contexts in which educational systems exist from the perspective of multiple worldviews. Students thereby develop an understanding of themselves as learners and future teachers as they examine the ways in which developmental theories can be helpful in understanding children and curriculum. Field experiences are systematically integrated throughout the program to provide authentic theory-to-practice opportunities for exploring effective pedagogy and assessment strategies.

Admission to Keene State College does not necessarily guarantee admission to Educator Preparation, admission to Student Teaching, or eligibility for certification. Students are assigned an official advisor upon acceptance into the Educator Preparation program. Materials for application to the Educator Preparation program are available in the Educator Preparation and Graduate Studies Office in Rhodes Hall S111.

Transfer Credits

Students who wish to transfer credits into a teacher certification option must apply through the department chair. Transfer students are advised to contact the department chair immediately after acceptance to obtain information about admission to Educator Preparation, PRAXIS testing requirements, and transfer equivalencies.

Students seeking certification in Middle or Secondary Education (option 3) are required to complete a liberal arts major in one of the following areas:

  • American Studies
  • Anthropology/Sociology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Chemistry-Physics
  • Economics
  • English
  • General Science
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • History
  • Holocaust and Genocide Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Languages (French or Spanish)
  • Political Science
  • Sociology

For a dual major in Education, please refer to the appropriate Education program option.

Students seeking certification to become a K-12 Music Educator or K-12 Physical Educator will complete the Music Education or Physical Education Teacher Certification major. See the appropriate catalog section (Music or Physical Education) for these program requirements.

Integrative Studies Requirements

40 credits minimum

All students in an educator preparation program must meet the New Hampshire General Education Studies standard (Ed 609.01). This standard is met by successful completion of Keene State College Integrative Studies program. Some Education options require specific courses outside of the Education major; these courses may be included in the student's Integrative Studies program (if appropriate courses are available).

Major Requirements

Numbering conventions – middle digit:

  • 0 = open to all options (but not necessarily required)
  • 1 = early childhood only
  • 2 = elementary only
  • 3 = middle school/secondary only
  • 4 = K-12 Music only

1. Early Childhood Development Option

44-52 credits, plus academic minor. Students must select an academic minor, other than the Early Childhood minor, to complement their Early Childhood Development Option.

Students will gain a multidisciplinary understanding of early childhood development and will select a specialization in either Birth to Age 5 or Birth to Grade 3. The program integrates theory and practice with children and families in inclusive settings from infancy through third grade and provides pre-professional field experiences.

Criteria for Continued Progress in the Major

Students may officially declare a Major in Education at any time. However, continued progress through the Major and its options depends on meeting course prerequisites as well as the Educator Preparation Program Decision Points.
(see http://www.keene.edu/academics/departments/teachered/students/decision-points/)
Students will be given support with program planning throughout their time at KSC, and are encouraged to work with their faculty advisors regularly to review how they are meeting progress and eligibility requirements.

Fees
Additional expenses associated within options within the education program include the following:

  • Students seeking state certification are responsible for taking state required standardized tests and completing the certification application.
  • Travel to field placement sites is required for both specializations. Some placements are beyond walking distance from campus and students are responsible for their own transportation.
  • Students are responsible for expenses associated with required criminal history record information (fingerprinting) and background checks for field placement sites.
  • Students are responsible to pay fees associated with the application to Educator Preparation and once admitted, for a Tk20 account. Tk20 is a program used for data management for accreditation purposes.

Option Requirements:
32 credits

EDUC 111 Issues in Early Childhood
EDSP 202 Development, Exceptionality, and Learning
EDUC 211 Infants, Toddlers, & Families
EDUC 314 EC Practicum 1: Curriculum (8 credits)
EDUC 315 EC Practicum 2: Observation, Assessment, & Intervention (8 credits)
EDUC 412 Administration & Leadership

Select Specialization 1 or 2

Specialization 1: Birth to Age Five/Early Intervention (Leads to NH Early Childhood Credential)
12 credits
This specialization provides students with experiences with children from Birth through Age 5 in inclusive early childhood environments. Students will gain knowledge and experience with diverse learners, child development, family involvement, curriculum and assessment, and leadership. Successful completion of this specialization will lead to recommendation for the NH Early Childhood Credential.

EDUC 414 EC Classroom Teaching (B-5) (12 credits)

Specialization 2: Birth to Grade 3 (Leads to NH Teacher Certification Birth to Grade 3)
20 credits

This specialization provides students with experiences with children from Birth to Grade 3. It prepares students for employment in both early care environments (B-5) and public education (K-3) and fulfills requirements for Birth to Age Eight teacher certification. Candidates completing this option will be eligible to pursue Special Education Teacher Certification at Keene State College through the Masters Program.

MATH 171 Structure of Number Systems
EDUC 205 Literacy in Diverse Classrooms
EDUC 415 EC Practicum 3: K-3 (6 credits)
EDUC 416 K-3 Student Teaching (6 credits)

2. Elementary Education Option

54 credits, plus liberal arts major

This option provides students with a multidisciplinary understanding of teaching and learning in the elementary grades and the skills and dispositions that will prepare them to teach in today's elementary schools. The program includes theory and practice with children from kindergarten to grade 6 and fulfills requirements for NH Elementary Education (K-6) teacher certification. A liberal arts major is required in addition to the Education, Elementary option, major.

Criteria for Continued Progress in the Major

Students may officially declare a Major in Education at any time. However, continued progress through the Major and its options depends on meeting course prerequisites as well as the Educator Preparation Program Decision Points.
(see http://www.keene.edu/academics/departments/teachered/students/decision-points/)
Students will be given support with program planning throughout their time at KSC, and are encouraged to work with their faculty advisors regularly to review how they are meeting progress and eligibility requirements.

Our Department's conceptual framework states that we strive to prepare professionals who:

  • Explore the dynamic nature of the teaching and learning process,
  • Demonstrate professional and ethical behaviors that meet high expectations and standards,
  • Understand the world from multiple perspectives, and
  • Contribute to a just and equitable world.

Option Requirements:

EDUC 121 Issues in Elementary Education
EDSP 202 Development, Exceptionality, and Learning
EDUC 205 Literacy in Diverse Classrooms
EDUC 321 Elementary Methods I: Integrating Literacy, Social Studies and the Arts (8 credits)
EDUC 322 Elementary Methods II: Integrating Math, Science and Literacy (8 credits)
EDUC 400 Student Teaching (12 credits)
EDUC 420 ELED Student Teaching Seminar (2 credits)
MATH 171 Structure of Number Systems
MATH 172 Application of Number Systems

Select one social contexts of learning course:

  • II 330 Toward a Just and Equitable World
  • IIEDUC 306 Women and Education

Liberal Arts Major

The New Hampshire State Department of Education requires students completing Education majors to also demonstrate depth of knowledge in a content area. Therefore, Education, Elementary option, majors must also fulfill requirements of a liberal arts major; see list below for acceptable majors.

  • American Studies
  • Anthropology/Sociology
  • Art (portfolio requirement)
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Chemistry-Physics
  • Communication
  • Computer Science
  • Criminal Justice
  • Economics
  • English
  • Environmental Studies
  • Film Studies
  • French
  • General Science
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • History
  • Holocaust and Genocide Studies
  • Individualized Major
  • Journalism
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics for Elementary Teachers
  • Mathematics-Physics
  • Music (audition required)
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Theatre and Dance
  • Women's and Gender Studies

3. Secondary Education Option

34 credits, plus liberal arts major

This option prepares students to teach middle and high school students in the following disciplines:

  • Biology (Grades 7-12)
  • Chemistry (Grades 7-12)
  • Earth/Space Science (Grades 7-12)
  • English (Grades 5-12)
  • General Science (Grades 5-8)
  • Mathematics (Grades 5-8 and Grades 7-12)
  • Modern Languages (French and Spanish - all grades)
  • Physics (Grades 7-12)
  • Social Studies (Grades 5-12)

Option Requirements:

EDUC 131 Issues in Secondary Education (2 credits)
EDUC 231 Curriculum for a Diverse World
EDUC 331 Secondary Methods I
EDUC 332 Secondary Classroom Management (2 credits)
EDSP 333 Secondary Special Education Issues (2 credits)
EDUC 431 Secondary Methods II
EDUC 432 Educational Theories/Trends
EDUC 400 Student Teaching (12 credits)

Degree Requirements

120 credits minimum

Degree requirements may exceed 120 credits, depending on the choice of liberal arts major.