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Office and Provider Information

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.

Office Location and Hours

The Educator Preparation Office is located in Rhodes Hall, N123 and N128.
Educator Preparation Office is open from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Office Staff

The Educator Preparation Office includes the Officer for New Hampshire Teacher Certification, the Director of the Educator Preparation Office, Administrative Assistant to the Office, and the Information Support Assistant.

Dr. Stephen Bigaj

NH Teacher Certification Officer

603 358-2872

Kate Leinster-O’Connor

Director of Educator Preparation Office

603 358-2334

  • Provides management and supervision of office systems, administrative processes and procedures, and information management.

Emily McGuiness

Information Support Technician

603 358-2753

  • Supports the work of Director in verifying students’ academic eligibility for field placements, documenting field placements, and facilitating steps towards teacher certification.
  • Supports the work of the Director with communications with cooperating professionals.

Shawna-Lee Perrin

Administrative Assistant

603 358-2286

  • Provides information and support to students, faculty, and cooperating professionals working in the KSC Educator Preparation Program.
  • Oversees the Admission to Educator Preparation process and processes compensation for cooperating professionals.

Helpful Links

Additional resources regarding Praxis exams, certification in New Hampshire, and information on critical shortage areas are available on the Teacher Education webpages.

Contact Educator Preparation

Location and Hours

Rhodes Hall, S111.

Open Monday–Friday,
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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

Educator Preparation Office
229 Main Street

Keene, New Hampshire 03435