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Graduate Study in Education

Enter to learn; go forth to serve …

Tomorrow’s educational leaders emerge from Keene State as new teachers, advanced special educators, master teachers, school counselors, and principals. At Keene State, we successfully guide intelligent and enthusiastic individuals as they become confident, competent educators actively improving public and private school environments. Our graduates are noted for an active leadership style that stimulates positive systemic change within demanding school environments.

Keene State College has a long history of preparing teachers at the undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and graduate level. The KSC programs of Graduate Study in Education are designed for the adult learner who aspires to enter the field of education, as well as for the experienced educator who seeks new knowledge, skills, and/or additional certification as his or her career develops.

Keene State College graduate programs are grounded in standards from national organizations and are accredited by one or more of the following agencies: the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the National Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (NCATE), or the New Hampshire State Board of Education. In addition, each program is framed by standards from specialty professional organizations, whose standards delineate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions professional educators should have, and in that way suggest desired outcomes of the various programs and options. Each specialty area uses the standards in planning courses and experiences and strives to meet as many standards as possible.

In keeping with our mission and vision, the Keene State College Education faculty has generated four themes that speak to what we see as fundamental to the process of teaching and learning. These themes weave through our curriculum for beginning teachers and advanced-level professionals at both the undergraduate and the graduate levels.

KSC education programs strive to prepare education 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,
Contribute to a just and equitable world.

We are seeking students who are committed to excellence. The ideal candidate for admission into the Graduate Studies Program at Keene State College will demonstrate professional and personal dispositions, including:

  • clear communication skills
  • the ability to work collaboratively
  • professional appearance and demeanor
  • the commitment to lifelong learning and service to the community
  • clear understanding of the ethical obligations of the profession
  • a demonstrated commitment to honoring diverse perspectives
  • respect, empathy, and caring for others
  • the ability to accept responsibility for own actions
  • the consistent ability to be present, punctual, and prepared
  • a demonstration of integrity and honesty
  • the willingness to work diligently to achieve success.