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KSC Looking to Help N.H. Teacher Shortage

KEENE, N.H. 6/16/05 - Keene State College is leading the effort in New Hampshire to help adult students prepare to become highly qualified teachers.

The need for qualified teachers has never been greater, says John Couture, dean of professional and graduate studies at KSC and a former teacher and principal in the area. In the Monadnock region alone, Couture estimates that 40 percent of teachers may retire in the next four years. The state of New Hampshire faces an increasing shortage in six areas of science and two areas of math, Couture says, as well as special education, foreign languages, and other subjects.

Keene State offers a number of graduate level options leading to teacher certification through its Advanced Study in Education program. These options will be the focus of a series of public Open Houses, which will be held on June 15, July 20 and August 17, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., in room 203 of Rhodes Hall at the College. Those interested in pursuing a career in teaching are invited to attend. The Open Houses will highlight the new Summer Teaching Academy, a seminar that offers qualified individuals a fast-track into the teacher certification program.

KSC offers two graduate programs that lead to initial teacher certification for those who have a bachelor’s degree and have experience working with children. The first, the World Educational Links program, is a one-year intensive internship that leads to a master of education degree with certification. The second is the Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification program, which may be completed in one to three years on a full- or part-time basis.

“For many adults, teaching is a deeply rewarding profession,” says Peter Tandy, the academic counselor for programs of Advanced Study in Education. “It’s a great way to make a difference in the lives of children. Keene State is looking for people who can effectively interact with children and youth, have already earned a bachelor’s degree, and are willing to work hard.”

For more information, contact Peter Tandy at 603-358-2332. For directions to the College, visit

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