Educator Preparation

Educator Preparation

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The Associate in Arts Degree in Educator Preparation offered by Nashua Community College is designed to prepare students to work as certified Paraeducators or to transfer to Educator Preparation Programs at four-year colleges and universities.

The Educator Preparation program has been designed using the NH Department of Education Professional Preparation Educator Programs standards and the recommendations of the NH Task Force on Effective Teaching.  The degree establishes requirements in three areas:

1) general education;

2) teacher education; and

3) a major area of concentration.

The general education area is a coherent and substantive balance in English and literature, science, mathematics, social science, and humanities/arts/world language.  Teacher education courses for area two are designed first to help students determine if teaching is a career of interest; to provide beginning knowledge, skills and dispositions of effective teachers as they prepare to transfer to four-year institutions; and to offer the entry level courses which transfer to most four-year colleges/universities.  At the beginning of their Teacher Education program all students should also select a major area of concentration from one of the following areas: Humanities, Fine Arts, Social sciences, mathematics, or sciences or an interdisciplinary program.  

Field-based experiences are required in all Educator Preparation courses.  Students are expected to provide their own transportation to these sites.  Professional language, behavior and dress are expected at all sites.  Students must demonstrate that they have sufficient social, emotional, and physical ability to respond quickly and appropriately to unexpected student and classroom situations.

Students should be advised that laws require those working in a public school setting be free of criminal convictions and be fingerprinted as outlined in RSA189:13.  There may be a fee for fingerprinting for NCC Educator Preparation students prior to beginning school observations. 

NCC Students are required to pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators prior to graduation.  Electives should be taken that assure students are able to meet this requirement.  Students should be aware that GPA requirements for admissions to four-year Teacher Education programs are generally 2.5 or higher. 

Because each four-year institution has unique requirements for its Educator Preparation program, it is imperative that, early in their college career, students consider to which institutions they may wish to transfer to be prepared with the appropriate course requirements for transfer.  Students should contact NCC Academic Advising or the Coordinator of Educator Preparation to be sure their planned program will prepare them for their futures.  

An interview with the Education Department Chair is required for admission into the program.


EDU130N Foundations of Education 3 0 3
ENGL101N College Composition 4 0 4
General Education Core Requirement:  History/Political Science ( HIST140/HIST141N Recommended)  3 0 3
General Education Core Requirement: Science* ( Lab Science Required) 3 2/3 4
General Education core Requirement: Humanities/Fine Arts OR Global Awareness* 3 0 3
EDU132N Introduction to Exceptionalities 3 0 3
General Education Core Requirement:  English/Communications* 3 0 3
General Education Core Requirement:  Quantitative Literacy (MATH106N recommended) 4 0 4
General Education Core Requirement:  Behavioral Social Science (PSYC201N recommended)
EDUxxxN Elective in area of concentration*    3  0  3
EDU231N Teaching with Technology 2 2 3
General Education Core: Quantitative Literacy (MATH110N or higher recommended) 4 0 4
General Education Elective (or core Requirement):  Humanities/Fine Arts OR Global Awareness* 3 0 3
General Education Elective Behavioral Social Science* 3 0 3
Elective in Major (Education Elective Recommended*) 3 0 3
EDU240N Creating Positive Learning Environments 3  0 3
General Education Elective (or core requirement):  Humanities/Fine Arts OR Global Awareness* 3 0 3
General Education Core: Science (must have a lab component) 3 2/3 4
XXXXxxxN Elective in Major Concentration* 3 0 3
Total Credits 62

* Consult with an advisor for transfer.
Notes:  Expectations for four-year institutions vary.  Students should investigate their future choice(s) in four-year institutions to determine elective coursework and meet with an advisor to discuss all course selections.  Course selections should prepare students to pass Praxis Core of Academic Skills for Educators prior to graduation.  For assistance, contact Academic Advising or the Program Coordinator for Educator Preparation.

Program Outcomes

Upon the completion of the degree in Educator Preparation, graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an awareness of and a beginning understanding of the teaching profession in regard to its historical context, the implications of the profession, and the role played by public education in contemporary society.
  2. Articulate a beginning philosophy of education that incorporates an understanding of relevant theories and models of education.
  3. Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and appreciation of the general education areas of literature, science, mathematics, social sciences, and humanities/fine arts/world language.
  4. Demonstrate college level proficiency in written and oral communication, and analytical, mathematical, and scientific reasoning that support the effective use and application of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions required in the program and needed for transfer to a four-year degree institution.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of self and a general understanding of the human condition that promotes an appreciation for diversity, historical context, exceptionalities, and aesthetic sensitivity.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to make informed decisions in regard to an in-depth study in a particular area based on the student’s chosen goals, teaching field, and the need for continued learning.

In addition, the graduate will be able to demonstrate competency in the general education outcomes.