Teacher Certification in General Special Education

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General Special Education Conversion Program
(for candidates holding teaching certification)
Course Number Course Title CL LAB CR
TECP 50 Introduction to Exceptionalities 3 0 3
TECP 60 Supporting Students with
Challenging Behaviors
3 0 3
TECP 62 Teaching Strategies for Diverse Learners 3 0 3
TECP 63 Instructional Technology 3 0 3
TECP 67 Reading and Language Development 2 0 2
TECP 69 Cross Cultural Education: Professional Learning Community 1 0 1
TECP 70 Special Education Assessment 3 0 3
TECP 71 Consultation/Collaboration and Individual Education Plans (IEPs) 3 0 3
TECP 82 Practicum Experience in General Special Education 2 15 7
TECP 92 The Teaching Portfolio* 1 0 1
TOTAL CREDITS 28

* If a candidate does not complete the portfolio by the end of the student teaching semester, he/she will enroll in TECP 92: The Teaching Portfolio (1 credit seminar) to complete the portfolio.

CL - Number of lecture/classroom hours per week for the course
LAB - Number of simulation laboratory, laboratory or clinical hours per week for the course
CR - Number of credit hours for the course
General Special Education Conversion Program
(for candidates who do not hold teaching certification)
Course Number Course Title CL LAB CR
TECP 50 Introduction to Exceptionalities 3 0 3
TECP 60 Supporting Students with
Challenging Behaviors
3 0 3
TECP 61 Legal Issues in Education 3 0 3
TECP 62 Teaching Strategies for Diverse Learners 3 0 3
TECP 63 Instructional Technology 3 0 3
TECP 66 Curriculum and Assessment 4 0 4
TECP 67 Reading and Language Development 2 0 2
TECP 69 Cross-Cultural Education: Professional Learning Community 1 0 1
TECP 70 Special Education Assessment 3 0 3
TECP 71 Consultation/Collaboration and Individual Education Plans (IEPs) 3 0 3
TECP 83 Methods and Student Teaching in General Special Education 2 30 12
TECP 92 The Teaching Portfolio* 1 0 1
TOTAL CREDITS 40

* If a candidate does not complete the portfolio by the end of the student teaching semester, he/she will enroll in TECP 92: The Teaching Portfolio (1 credit seminar) to complete the portfolio.

CL - Number of lecture/classroom hours per week for the course
LAB - Number of simulation laboratory, laboratory or clinical hours per week for the course
CR - Number of credit hours for the course

Curriculum for students entering program in 2014-15.

Through a combination of course work and field experience, candidates learn:

Goals: The goals of the General Special Education Conversion Program are to prepare the candidate to bring to K-12 classrooms the knowledge, skills, expertise, innovation, and enthusiasm necessary to succeed as a teacher; to ensure the candidate is afforded opportunities for observation, exploration, and reflection both in and outside the classroom; to apply his/her content expertise and pedagogical principles in the assessment of learning in a practicum experience teaching students with diverse learning needs.

After successful completion of the program, candidates are recommended to the NH State Department of Education - Bureau of Credentialing for General Special Education certification. NHTI also has transfer (articulation) agreements in place for students who may wish to pursue a Master’s degree after completing their TECP program.

Gainful Employment Disclosure Statement for those with a teaching certificate.

Gainful Employment Disclosure Statement for those without a teaching certificate.

This program is financial aid eligible.

Application Process:

  1. Applicants submit
    • a TECP application (Download and Print PDF)
    • a $20.00 application fee
    • official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate programs attended
    • current resume
    • two letters of recommendation (Download and Print PDF)
    • copy of teaching certification or NH Statement of Eligibility (if applicable)
  2. Once the application is complete, transcripts are reviewed by content faculty to assess the candidate’s fundamental knowledge of the NH content standards.
  3. Applicants are interviewed by NHTI TECP Faculty.
  4. Determination is made regarding acceptance and the applicant is notified of the decision.

Admission Requirements:

  1. Candidates must hold a Baccalaureate and/or Master's Degree.
  2. Candidates must pass the PRAXIS™ Core Academic Skills for Educators Exam tests (http://www.ets.org/praxis/nh/requirements), if applicable (unless candidate holds a current teaching certification or has a Master’s degree) before being fully accepted into the program. In addition, the candidate must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least a 2.75.
  3. A criminal record check will be required for working in the schools. During the interview, the Director of the Conversion Programs will discuss the requirements for Highly Qualified Teacher (HQT) with regard to ESOL teachers.
  4. Candidates must pass a criminal background check.

Program Requirements:

In order to be recommended for NH Certification a candidate must:

  1. Pass Praxis II in Content before student teaching/practicum.
  2. Successfully complete all required coursework.
  3. Successfully complete a supervised student teaching or practicum experience.
  4. Successfully complete an electronic portfolio that is approved by the education faculty.

Internship Considerations

NHTI has developed excellent practicum opportunities for our students to foster hands-on learning while simultaneously receiving credit. Nonetheless, the college's first priority must be to ensure that patients/clients/children/families are not placed in jeopardy by students during learning experiences. Therefore, students in internship, externship, practicum, service learning, and clinical experiences must demonstrate sufficient emotional stability to withstand the stresses, uncertainties and changing circumstances that characterize patient/client/child/family responsibilities. Furthermore, the student is expected to have the emotional stability required to exercise sound judgment, accept direction and guidance from a supervisor or faculty member, and establish rapport and maintain sensitive interpersonal relationships and confidentiality with employees, customers, and/or patients/clients/children and their families.

 

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Wednesday May 14
5:30 - 7:00 pm

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Teacher Education Conversion Programs (TECP)
Kelly Moore Dunn, Ed.D., Director TECP

(603) 271-6484 x4163
Fax: (603) 230-9307
kdunn@ccsnh.edu

Admissions
31 College Drive
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 230-4011
nhtiadm@ccsnh.edu

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