Middle School Teacher Certification (5-8) Option
This program is certified at both the state and national level by the New Hampshire Department of Education and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Graduates who complete this Teacher Certification Option are eligible for 5-8 teacher certification in the state of New Hampshire. Because of New Hampshire’s membership in the Interstate Certification Contract, Plymouth graduates are eligible to earn a certificate or license in another Contract state upon application to that state’s department of education. For further information, please see the Teacher Education and Clinical Experiences section.
All teacher certification candidates who interact with students in public school settings through course-related field experiences, including Student Teaching, are subject to New Hampshire law that requires all persons who come into contact with pupils on a regular basis for a period of time to undergo a full disclosure criminal records check, including fingerprinting. The processing of the criminal records check is conducted at the site school before the field experience begins. The fee for this processing is the responsibility of the teacher candidate and is paid directly to the school district. Each new site will require a separate fingerprinting and background check.
In order for teacher candidates to participate in field experiences in diverse settings that are essential for their development as teachers, teacher candidates must be willing and able to travel outside of the Plymouth area beyond walking distances. All teacher candidates should plan for and be able to secure their own transportation by the junior year.
|Courses required for the Option are shown in boldface.|
|MA 2000||Introduction to Formal Mathematics||3|
|MA||Mathematics electives above MA 2100 [not MADI]||6-8|
|Calculus - complete one sequence of (MA 2490 and MA 2500) or (MA 2550 and MA 2560):||8|
|MA 3010||Mathematics in Our World II (QRCO)||4|
|MA 3050||Introduction to Mathematics Education||3|
|MA 3110||Logic, Proofs, and Axiomatic Systems (WRCO)||3|
|MA 3200||Discrete Mathematics||3|
|MA 3230||Geometries (TECO) (WRCO)||4|
|MA 3460||History of Mathematics (GACO) (WRCO)||3|
|MA 3500||Probability and Statistics for Scientists||3|
|MA 4020||The Cultural and Psychological Aspects of Mathematics Learning (DICO) (INCO)||3|
|MA 4040||Mathematics in the Secondary and Middle School||3|
|MA 4965||Mathematics Student Teaching (5-8)||12|
|MA 4985||Mathematics Student Teaching Seminar||1|
|CD 3000||Philosophical and Historical Perspectives on the Child in Society (INCO) (WRCO)||3|
|ED 3350||Classroom Planning, Management, and Organization for Middle School and Secondary Educators (TECO)||3|
|PS 3190||Development and Understanding (WECO)||3|
|SE 3090||Introduction to Special Education: Middle and Secondary||3|
|IS 1111||The First Year Seminar: Critical Thinking and the Nature of Inquiry||3|
|CTDI||Creative Thought Directions||6|
|PPDI||Past and Present Directions||6|
|SIDI||Scientific Inquiry Directions||6-8|
|SSDI||Self and Society Directions||6|
Students must receive a grade of C or better in all MA courses required in their degree program. A grade of C or better must be earned in any MA prerequisite course before enrolling in the post-requisite course. Student Teaching requires a 2.50 minimum cumulative grade point average.
*All course information is from the 2013-2014 Catalog.