This certificate in Special Education is stackable into the education degree program.
This program is financial aid eligible.
This program is also available 100% online.
You may be interested in this certificate if you are:
- interested in exploring careers in special education;
- or a current paraeducator looking to enhance your skills and possibly earn a degree;
- or a current teacher seeking who wants to develop skills related to working with children with special needs.
Special Education Certificate
|Course Number||Course Title||CL||LAB||CR|
|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|
|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
We have excellent clinical field experience and practicum opportunities that foster hands-on learning while simultaneously awarding credit. Our first priority is to ensure that patients/clients/children/families are not placed in jeopardy by students during these learning experiences. Therefore, students in internship, externship, practicum, service learning, and clinical experiences demonstrate sufficient emotional stability to withstand the stresses, uncertainties and changing circumstances that characterize patient/client/child/family responsibilities. Our students are expected to have the emotional stability required to exercise sound judgment, accept direction and guidance from a supervisor or faculty member, establish rapport and maintain sensitive interpersonal relationships and confidentiality with employees, customers, and/or patients/clients/children and their families.
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.
The health and safety of children, adolescents, and other learners is of paramount concern in the Education Programs. 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 eligible for clinical field experience. Applicants are advised that such matters may be discussed during an admission interview so that future goals to become a teacher will not be compromised.
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 or other related fields. 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 Programs must have sufficient strength, stamina, and motor coordination and demonstrate 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; and the ability to work with frequent interruptions, to respond appropriately to unexpected situations, and to cope with extreme variations in workload and stress levels.
Kelly Moore Dunn, EdDDepartment Chair, Director-TECP, Director of Center for Educational ExcellenceGrappone 316
Kelly Moore Dunn joined NHTI’s faculty in 2003. She is the Department Chair of Education, the Director of the Teacher Education Conversion Program and the Center for Educational Excellence. She earned her B.S. from the College of St. Rose, her M.Ed. in Learning and Language Disorders from Notre Dame College, and her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Adult Education, from Nova Southeastern University. She has more than 35 years’ experience as an educator in K-12 schools and college and university. She teaches courses in special education and special education methods and supervises student teachers and practicum students. She serves on the Council for Teacher Education for the State Board of Education. Her professional interests include special education, learning disabilities, cognitive coaching, teacher preparation, cultures of dignity, and adult learning.
Dawn Florino, CAGSEducationAdjunct Faculty
Dawn is an adjunct faculty member in the Education Department. Dawn is a current middle school principal. Dawn is a certified reading/writing specialist. She has worked with elementary and middle school populations and as a Title coordinator in a NH school district. She teaches courses in reading and literacy in the education department.
Lisa Frenette, MEdEducationAdjunct Professor
Lisa is an adjunct faculty member. Lisa is a special education director in the public-school system in NH and has taught courses in Special Education Assessment and Individual Education Plans and Consultation for NHTI. She has been a special educator in the NH public school systems.
Dawn Higgins, M.A.Education | English as A Second Language (ESL)Academic Advisor and NH State-certified English Language EducatorLearning Commons 135
Dawn Higgins is an academic advisor at NHTI and works directly with English Language Learners at NHTI. Instructing and advising second language adults in higher education for 19 years, she is also a certified K-12 ESOL teacher in the State of NH and linguistics instructor for NHTI’s post-bac ESOL Teacher Education Conversion Program. Dawn is the co-director of the ESOL Teacher Education Conversion Program. The populations she serves at NHTI currently are New Americans and other new immigrants’ representative of more than 50 native languages and countries of origin. Dawn earned her undergraduate degree in French and English and her Master’s degree in English Literature from the University of New Hampshire and the Université de Bourgogne in Dijon, France.
Frank Hoell, MEdEducationAdjunct Professor
Francis W. Hoell, M.Ed. joined the NHTI faculty in 2010. He a supervisor of student teachers and student interns. He earned a B.A. from Saint Anselm College and M.Ed from Lesley University in Special Education and Administration. He has over 44 years of experience as an educator and school administrator. His professional interests include principal mentoring and teacher preparation.
Aaron Hughes, MAOffice of Cross-cultural Education and ESOLAdjunct Professor
Aaron is an adjunct professor in the Education Department. Aaron is and Educational Consultant for the NH Department of Education in the area of Title III and ELL programming. Aaron teaches courses in cross cultural education for NHTI.
Christa Jeck, BAEducationAdjunct Professor
Christa is an adjunct professor in the Education Department. Christa is a certified ESOL K-12 educator in the New Hampshire public schools. Christa teaches courses in the Teacher Education Conversion Program for ESOL.
Jeffrey Laflamme, MEdEducationAdjunct Professor
Jeff is an adjunct faculty member in the education department. Jeff is a current Special Educator in the NH public school system specializing in working with students with specific behavioral challenges. Jeff also has additional certification in Emotional and Behavioral disorders. Jeff teaches courses in the education programs in the area of working with students with challenging behaviors.
Christopher Lewis, MEdEducationAdjunct Professor
Chris is an adjunct professor in the Education Department. Chris is a certified NH special educator and teaches students with special needs in the public-school system. Chris teaches special education assessment courses for the Teacher Education Conversion Program.
Cynthia Lucero, CAGSEducationProfessorGrappone 317
Cynthia has been in education since 1998. She has taught in Educator Preparation at the University of New Hampshire and Saint Anselm College before coming to NHTI. Cynthia is the Coordinator of Clinical Practice for the education department at NHTI and professor of education. In the past, Cynthia was an elementary and middle school teacher and an assistant middle school principal. She loves all aspects of education, but areas of professional interest included mentoring new teachers, supporting students with disabilities, student assessment, and special education. Cynthia earned her B.S and M.Ed from Notre Dame College, and is currently completing her doctoral dissertation through Northeastern University, Boston, MA.
Ann Mills, MEdEducationAdjunct Professor
Ann is an adjunct faculty member at NHTI. Ann teaches courses in the Teacher Education Conversion Program for ESOL in the area of Reading and Language Literacy. Ann is a certified ESOL educator and teaches in the NH public school system with English Language Learners.
Amy Gillam O’Riley, MEdEducationAdjunct Professor
Amy Gillam has been an Adjunct Professor at NHTI since 2008. She teaches the Instructional Technology course which is focuses on learning how to integrate technology into the classroom. She is currently a Computer Technology Educator in the public-school system where she teaches computer technology classes and collaborates with colleagues to facilitate technology integration in the classroom. In the past she has also taught second grade, middle school Spanish, and middle school computer technology. In addition to teaching, she presents at workshops and seminars on current educational technology topics.
Preston (Alan) Pardy, EdDEducationAdjunct Professor
P. Alan Pardy has been an adjunct instructor at NHTI since 2011, teaching ED 201/TECP 61. Alan earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in Teaching at the University of New Hampshire. He earned a Doctorate in Education at Boston University, concentrating on special education and educational administration. He has worked in education for over 50 years, as a classroom teacher, director of special education, and, until he retired in 2017, Executive Director of the NH Association of Special Education Administrators, a state-wide organization of public and private special education directors. Alan has also taught courses as an adjunct at Rivier College (University), Granite State College, and Antioch University New England. His professional interests include leadership competencies, inter-agency collaboration, and integrating “soft skills” into K-12 education and teacher training.
Susan K. Peterson, EdDAdjunct Professor
Susan K. Peterson has degrees in Early Childhood Education; Counseling; and Higher Education, Leadership, and Adult Learning. She holds a NH Early Childhood Master Professional from the NH Dept of Health and Human Services. She has taught early childhood education classes in higher education for the past 20 years and is certified by the NH chapter of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) as a professional trainer. She is an adjunct faculty member at Granite State College and NHTI, where she teaches education courses and provides supervision and mentoring to pre-service and new teachers. Dr. Peterson is certified by the Center for Teacher Effectiveness and authorized to conduct “Time to Teach” seminars in Classroom Management. Dr. Peterson is the Director of Riverstone Educational Consultants providing professional development and support in training, coaching, mentoring, and program evaluation to schools and educational organizations.
Patricia Severance, MEdEducationAdjunct Professor
Pat is an adjunct faculty member at NHTI and teaches education courses and supervises student teachers and practicum students in the Teacher Education Conversion Program. Pat served in the roles of NH school principal, assistant principal, educator, special educator, and mentor for new teachers.
Anne Wallace, MSEducationAdjunct Professor
Annie Wallace joined NHTI as a TCEP adjunct faculty member in 2007 as the middle and secondary mathematics methods instructor. She earned her B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 1981, her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Gordon College, Wenham, MA in 2005, and a Post-Masters Graduate Certificate in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of New England, Portland, ME in 2016. She has more than 15 years’ experience as an educator. Currently she is the Mathematics Educational Consultant for the NH Department of education. She has served on Governor Hassan’s NH STEM Education Task Force and as a member of Advisory Group for the NH Quantitative Literacy Project in the development of NH’s Pre-K -16 Numeracy Action Plan for the 21st Century and currently serves as president on the New Hampshire Teachers of Mathematics (NHTM) board and as vice-chair on the Professional Standards Board for the State Board of Education. Her professional interests include equity and access in mathematics for all students, teacher preparation with a focus in mathematics for all levels, math curriculum and assessment, and in the development of math coaching.
Deborah Woelflein, M.A.,C.A.G.S.EducationAdjunct Professor
Debbie has been an educator for 35 years, with experience as a high school English teacher, department chair, assistant principal, principal, instructional supervisor and assistant superintendent for curriculum. She is an adjunct faculty member at NHTI, and has taught at Rivier College, and UMass Lowell and has chaired the NH Council for Teacher Education. She enjoys working with new educators to help prepare them to face the realities of today’s classrooms and developed a formal mentoring program for the Merrimack School District. She was honored to serve as the NH Teacher of the Year in 1996. Debbie has a B.A. in English Education from Merrimack College, a M.A. in English from Duquesne University, and a CAGS from Rivier College.
Heather Wood, EdDEducationAdjunct Professor
Heather is an adjunct professor in the Education Department. Before joining NHTI, Heather worked as an elementary reading and writing specialist and special education teacher. She also has experience teaching math and science at the high school and college levels. She earned her BA in Kinesiology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, her MEd as a Reading and Writing Specialist from Plymouth State University, and her Ed.D. in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment from Walden University. Heather teaches education and math courses at NHTI. Her professional interests include reading and math intervention, assistive technology, and cognitive learning strategies. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities in the beautiful lakes and mountains of New Hampshire such as hiking, fishing, snowmobiling, and skiing.