Special Education Certificate

Course Number Course Title CL LAB CR
Fall Semester
EDU 101C Introduction to Exceptionalities 3 0 3
EDU 203C Teaching Strategies for Diverse Learners 3 0 3
ENGL 101C English Composition 4 0 4
Spring Semester
EDU 200C Supporting Students with Challenging Behaviors 3 0 3
EDU 204C Instructional Technology 3 0 3
EDU 210C Cross-Cultural Education Seminar 2 0 2
MATH 120C Quantitative Reasoning or
MATH 124C College Algebra 4 0 4
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 2019-20.

The Certificate in Special Education is designed for:

  1. People interested in exploring careers in special education;
  2. Current paraeducatiors looking to enhance their skills and possibly move toward degrees in regular or special education;
  3. Current teachers seeking professional development skills related to working with children with special needs.

Credits earned in the Certificate in Special Education are fully transferable to NHTI's Associate in Science in Education degree. This program is financial aid eligible. To be eligible for federal financial aid, students must submit an official, final high school transcript, or the equivalent documentation that demonstrates high school completion, to the NHTI Admissions Office.

Certificate program students may take 200 level courses concurrently with 100 level courses with permission from the department chair of the Education Program.

This program is also available 100% online.

Health Considerations

Candidates for positions and careers in education are encouraged to explore health requirements associated with employment in a school setting. Prospective students with special needs requiring accommodations that may affect their learning are encouraged to contact the Accessibility Services at (603) 230-4027 or for TTY/VO call (603) 223-2316.

Character Expectations

The health and safety of children, adolescents and other learners is of paramount concern in the Education Program. Applicants for teaching positions in public and private schools in New Hampshire should be aware that background checks through the New Hampshire Department of Safety must be completed by potential employers prior to employment.

Applicants who have been in difficulty with the law, depending upon the nature of their experience, may not be employable or even eligible for field experience. Applicants are advised that such matters may be discussed during an admission interview so that future goals to be a teacher will not be compromised.

Technical Standards

Technical Standards have been established to provide guidance to students as to skills and abilities required to function successfully in the program and ultimately in the public and/or private school classroom as teachers. Applicants who think they may not be able to meet one or more of the technical standards should contact program faculty members to discuss individual cases. Department Faculty will give serious consideration to all academically qualified candidates providing that the technical standards can be met with reasonable accommodations. Students in the Education Program must have sufficient strength, stamina and motor coordination to perform the following:

  • Sufficient hearing and visual acuity to ensure a safe environment and ability to respond quickly in the event of emergency;
  • Sufficient verbal ability to express and exchange information and ideas as well as to interpret important instructions to children, adolescents, colleagues, and parents;
  • Sufficient writing skills to accurately record students' daily progress and milestones as well as a variety of reports;
  • Ability to work with frequent interruptions, to respond appropriately to unexpected situations, and to cope with extreme variations in workload and stress levels.

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Kelly Moore Dunn
Education Dept. Chair

(603) 271-6484 x4163

31 College Drive
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 230-4011

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