The New Hampshire Department of Education has established 36 Content Knowledge and Skills items that all students should complete in the two year program. These competencies are based on many of the same competencies that colleges use for education majors. Our curriculum is based upon these required topics. Each topic is studied in the classroom and then applied in the work site.
You will create a portfolio to demonstrate that you achieved a variety of skills such as designing curriculum, managing children’s behavior, understanding growth and development, and ensuring safety in a classroom.
This program is designed to prepare students for a two or four year college education in the education field.
Teacher Preparation level 1 is open to any junior interested in working in the education field.
Teacher Preparation level 2 is open to seniors who earn a grade of 80 or higher in Teacher Preparation 1.
The Teacher Preparation program includes 2 separate parts; the classroom setting and the lab setting. Students alternate between working in the class and lab on a weekly basis.
In the classroom, you will learn theory related to teaching across multiple levels through 16 units of study in Teacher Preparation 1 and 16 units in Teacher Preparation 2. In the lab or practical experience, you will work with 4 and 5 year old children in our on-site preschool, performing a variety of duties.
Planning for and going on a field trip!
Any student who is considering enrolling in the program should have a good attendance record, be able to manage their time and work independently, be mature and responsible, and have a genuine interest in working with children. Professional attire is required for work in the preschool.
Other courses that Teacher Preparation 1 and Teacher Preparation 2 students should consider enrolling in include: Human Development & Relationships, Psychology, Sociology, Career Internship, Communications 1, any physical or biological science course, English electives that include reading and writing, and college level math courses.
Most students who complete the program attend two and four year colleges to study a variety of majors. Former graduates work in the daycare field as teachers, directors and owners. Many work in elementary education as paraprofessionals, teachers, therapists, and counselors.