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  • Accounting
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    The BS in Accounting prepares graduates for many careers in industry, public, governmental or non-profit accounting.
  • Adventure Education
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    A degree in Adventure Education will teach you how to use the great outdoors to expose people to challenging adventures, personal growth and self-discovery.
  • Anthropology/Sociology
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    The Anthropology and Sociology program offers the chance to embark on a comprehensive study of human behavior.
  • Art
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    The PSU Art Department is dedicated to providing an eclectic program which encourages the study of histories, theories, criticisms and the making of visual art and design.
  • Art Education
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    Art and visual culture engage viewers and makers in acts of creating, looking and responding to art in our lives. The quest for personal and social meaning is central to the study of art and education.
  • Art History
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    The program in art history, museum studies-exhibition practice, and visual culture addresses the history, theory, and criticism of the visual arts; the nature of visual communication and function of the visual arts across cultures; and the dynamic relationship of the visual arts to cultural institutions.
  • Athletic Training
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    In this program, you’ll master the skills you need to become a certified athletic trainer.

    You'll gain a background in human anatomy and physiology, pathology, kinesiology and therapeutic modalities, and learn how to prevent and assess injuries and illness, design rehabilitation programs and promote health, nutrition and wellness among athletes.
  • Biological Science Education
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    Graduates are eligible for 7–12 teacher certification in the state of New Hampshire. Because of New Hampshire’s membership in the Interstate Certification Contract (ICC), Plymouth graduates are eligible to earn a certificate or license in another ICC state upon application to that state’s department of education.
  • Biology
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    Explore the science of life from minute strands of DNA to complex ecosystems that stretch for miles and miles.
  • Biotechnology
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    This major focuses on biology at the molecular level and reflects the importance of science at the biology/chemistry interface.

    Independent laboratory work is emphasized and the senior research project is mandatory.
  • Business Administration
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    The BS degree in Business Administration is designed for transfer students transferring in to Plymouth 60 or more credits. Most transfer students in this program will be able to complete all degree requirements in four semesters at Plymouth.
  • Chemistry
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    This program continues the proud tradition at PSU of rigorous academic preparation of students for a variety of career options. The program includes innovative activity-based learning in small classroom settings.
  • Childhood Studies
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    Our BS in Childhood Studies is rigorous: you’ll find all the advantages of a four-year bachelor’s degree: good academic preparation, broad general education, strong faculty support, and a core set of discipline-specific courses.
  • Communication Studies
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    The BA in Communication Studies is an interdisciplinary degree that allows students to investigate communication processes and effects from a variety of perspectives. Students receive a broad-based liberal arts education through a series of courses that offers significant opportunities for selecting classes to meet individual interests and needs.
  • Computer Science
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    This program focuses on the design and development of software systems with an emphasis on the creation of new technology. Students will build a framework of conceptual knowledge and practical skills through core computer science courses.
  • Criminal Justice
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    Students pursuing the BA in Criminal Justice are exposed to a well-rounded liberal arts education that is interdisciplinary in nature, developing skills in a variety of areas including, but not limited to, problem-solving techniques, communication skills, computing skills, and foreign language proficiency, along with an appreciation for ethical and professional behavior in the field.
  • Early Childhood Studies
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    As a student pursuing a BS in Early Childhood Studies, you'll discover that teaching young children is interesting, challenging, and meaningful work. We emphasize the importance of building relationships with children and families and regarding each child as a worthy individual. We focus on preparing early childhood educators who can partner with families to promote children’s healthy development, engage them in learning, and prepare the foundations for bright futures.
  • Elementary Education
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    PSU is a top name in the region for developing dedicated professionals who have the skills, vision, commitment, and compassion to work with children and families in schools and communities. Come join our tradition and see how we can help you grow into a passionate and effective professional.
  • English
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    The PSU Department of English is on the cutting edge. In today’s increasingly complex and global culture, the English department is uniquely positioned to help you translate your creative talents into a successful career and a fulfilling future. At the core of what we do is an emphasis on the intersection between the creative and the critical.
  • Environmental Biology
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    The BS in Environmental Biology focuses on organismal, evolutionary, ecological, and field biology. This degree prepares students for careers in the environmental biology field, including environmental consulting firms, environmental education groups, and governmental agencies. It also provides a foundation for post-graduate study.
  • Environmental Planning
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    Our BS in Environmental Planning program promotes thoughtful and appropriate use of the natural environment, global and local sustainability, and respectful community planning.
  • Environmental Science & Policy
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    The goal of the BS in Environmental Science & Policy program is simple—to prepare graduates of the program to meaningfully address environmental issues in the Lakes Region and around the world. The program produces graduates well-versed in complex fields and social and environmental disciplines.
  • Exercise & Sport Physiology
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    Exercise physiology is the study of the acute and chronic adaptations to the stress of physical activity. While the study of exercise physiology can inform us how exercise can improve physiological function in general; its sub-discipline, sport physiology, helps us understand and improve athletic performance specifically.
  • Finance
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    The BS in Finance program offers a complete undergraduate survey of the discipline aimed at preparing students for employment in the field of finance and/or for further graduate work in the field.
  • French
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    With a degree in French, you will achieve a competent command of the language while developing an in-depth familiarity of the culture, literature, film, history, art, and business practices of the French-speaking world.
  • Geography
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    For students pursuing a BS in Geography, options in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Terrain Analysis let you explore the technical, physical and cultural realms of the discipline through a combination of classroom work and field experiences.
  • Health Education & Promotion
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    Health education and promotion specialists are leading the nation’s health improvement efforts. Our Health Education program prepares graduates to work in a variety of educational, community and medical settings, including public and private schools, hospitals, managed care organizations, insurance companies, volunteer agencies and public and private work sites.
  • History
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    Our history program will enrich your academic career and give you the valuable skills and methods of inquiry, analysis and synthesis that help you think like a historian. Our program is particularly strong in United States, global and women’s histories. Upper-level courses are rotated in order to maximize your chance to learn about a wide variety of subjects.
  • Humanities
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    The BA in Humanities program enables students to explore a wide range of interrelated areas of study, while embracing broad cultural and international perspectives. Majors can choose to focus their studies in one of three areas: The Americas, Medieval and Renaissance, The World, or they can create their own contract.
  • Information Technology
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    This program focuses on the functioning and workings of hardware and software systems in an organizational setting. The emphasis in the program is on the application and utilization of computing technology in a wide variety of Information Technology environments.
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
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    Build your own major.

    You have all the tools you need: intellectual curiosity, imagination, energy and passion. Using these building blocks, a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies allows you to design a program of study that combines several of your academic and career interests.
  • Management
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    Management is an integrative profession. Effective managers are leaders, skilled in organizational, motivational, and analytical and quantitative problem solving. Our BS in Management programs prepare graduates to manage change in a global marketplace, characterized by cultural diversity and advancing technology.
  • Marketing
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    The study of marketing provides the necessary qualitative and quantitative skills to be successful in careers throughout the business spectrum. Specifically, this program exposes students to areas of relationship marketing that integrate advertising, sales, consumer service, public relations, promotion, retailing, wholesaling, product management, direct marketing, marketing management, and marketing research.
  • Mathematics
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    This program provides an opportunity for a broad education in the liberal arts while majoring in mathematics. In addition, students can elect to choose the Secondary Teacher Certification Option, affording them the opportunity for a teaching career with a strong liberal arts background.
  • Meteorology
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    PSU’s BS in Meteorology is unique in the state of New Hampshire. Our meteorology program not only meets but exceeds all recommended American Meteorological Society guidelines for undergraduate degree programs.

    We offer a single, traditional track, well grounded in science and mathematics, along with elective courses. With usually only 15 to 35 students in both major courses and other required science and mathematics courses, students benefit from working closely with a very dedicated and professional faculty.
  • Modern Languages
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    The BA in Modern Languages is a balanced program of major study of two languages (French & Spanish), skills development, their cultures and literature. Students may elect to minor in another language (German), Applied Linguistics, or in another field.
  • Music
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    Music majors at Plymouth State receive a great deal of individualized attention from master teachers, and many opportunities to perform. Our commitment to teaching is reflected in the quality of instruction and guidance which our students receive at all levels and in all of our degree programs.
  • Music Education
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    Students who earn the BS in Music Education are prepared to teach and supervise vocal, instrumental, and general music from kindergarten through grade 12. 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).
  • Nursing
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    Traditional students and working registered nurses will both benefit from a BS degree in Nursing. In addition to advanced courses in diversity, reasoning and leadership, graduates are prepared for additional education for nurse practitioners and specialty practice areas as well as careers in nurse management
  • Philosophy
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    The philosophy program emphasizes philosophical thinking and ethical applications designed to prepare graduates for a variety of careers that require thinking, decision-making, and visionary development. Students will pursue philosophical questions about themselves, others, and their living and learning environments.
  • Physical Education
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    The BS in Physical Education program focuses on the study of human movement using scientific and social foundations. The study of physical education develops a scientific understanding of human movement and the skills to apply theoretical concepts in practical settings.
  • Political Science
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    Political scientists study the ways government can best fulfill the diverse needs of individuals and groups of people. The study of politics focuses on fundamental values such as security, prosperity and self-determination through the use of data analysis and the clarification of values.
  • Psychology
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    Engage in the fascinating study of the mind, brain and human behavior. Explore why people act and think the way they do. Through research projects, internships and examination of the work of renowned psychologists throughout the world, you will gain a better understanding of the human mind and how it works.
  • Public Management
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    There are many activities in modern society in which the interests of the public and the private sectors overlap. Public management is a form of applied political science, providing a way to understand the ongoing struggle between these two spheres of life. The BS in Public Management program combines the study of politics and government with courses in business and economics.
  • Social Science
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    Social scientists explore human experience through the study of history, political science, sociology, anthropology and geography. Our BS in Social Science program allows students to investigate each of these disciplines while pursuing specific areas of interest.
  • Social Studies Education
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    The BS in Social Studies Education program leads to certification to teach social studies in grades 5 through 12. Because the prospective social studies teacher must be proficient in a number of disciplines, the Social Studies Education curriculum requires a depth of understanding from a broad panorama of social and cultural experience.
  • Social Work
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    Social Work is a specialized degree that prepares students for generalist social work practice in a wide range of settings to work with children, youth, families and adults. The curriculum has a solid foundation in the liberal arts, focusing on the biological, psychological and social sciences, as well as the knowledge, skills and values of the social work profession. In addition to entry-level practice, the degree prepares students to pursue graduate education in social work and other related fields.
  • Spanish
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    The BA in Spanish is a balanced program of major study in Spanish, language skills development, Ibero-American cultures, politics, history, art, music and literature. Students may elect to minor in another language (German, French), Applied Linguistics, or in another field.
  • Sports Management
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    The BS in Sports Management is a collaborative effort between the College of Business Administration and the Department of Health and Human Performance. It encompasses a unique blend of course offerings from both entities to form a major that prepares students for managerial careers in athletics, fitness, recreation, stadium/arena facilities, and sports marketing industries.
  • Theatre Arts
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    The BA in Theatre Arts program allows students to concentrate on a theatre discipline while pursuing a liberal arts education. Our program stresses classroom work, first and foremost, in all academic areas. We believe that a fine theatre artist or technician should be versed in numerous disciplines and have a basic understanding of many areas of study and inquiry.
  • Tourism Management & Policy
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    The BA in Tourism Management and Policy will prepare you for an exciting and rewarding career in the growing tourism industry by exploring the relationship among tourism, the natural and human environment, and the economy of locales, regions, and states; and by examining the history and current role of the travel and tourism industry in society, and the challenges facing the industry.

Graduate

Master’s

  • Applied Meteorology
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    The Master of Science (MS) in Applied Meteorology graduate degree program will prepare you with the latest knowledge and research skills in many core areas of operational meteorology that are needed to provide modern weather support to a wide variety of customers. You’ll learn from dedicated, experienced faculty members who work closely with students like you to meet the regional and national needs for professional meteorologists.
  • Art Education
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    Are you interested making a career change into the art education field? Already have your bachelor’s degree and looking to become a certified art teacher? With Plymouth State’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), Art Education program you’ll explore teaching methods for studio arts and visual arts education. During your program you’ll create a professional portfolio of work, participate in a student teaching experience, and advance your understanding of art evaluation, relevant safety procedures, and curriculum development.
  • Athletic Training
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    From pre-game taping to practice and game medical coverage to injury assessment and rehabilitation, PSU’s Master of Science degree programs in athletic training will prepare you for success on and off the field.

    Working closely with faculty members who are respected professionals in athletic training, our graduate athletic training programs provide students like you with opportunities to excel. If your goal is to become a BOC certified athletic trainer, or if you’re already BOC certified and want further training in teaching athletic training, Plymouth State’s entry-level or advanced athletic training programs will help you reach your goals.
  • Biology
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    Expand your knowledge and research skills in core areas of the biological sciences. PSU’s Master of Science in Biology graduate degree program prepares students like you to address and support current and future biological problems. You’ll develop research skills by working on unanswered questions in the field of biology; explore cutting-edge biological technology relating to physiology, behavior, biotechnology, and ecology; and be able to effectively communicate biological issues to stakeholders.
  • Business, General Management
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    With the flexibility to take courses 100 percent online or in combination with night or weekend-intensive courses, Plymouth State University makes it possible to earn your MBA and accomplish your goals while working full-time.

    *Rated one of the top 20 values in the country

    *10-year track record of success and innovation online
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling
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    The Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is designed to prepare students to function as licensed clinical mental health counselors. It provides the educational requirements outlined by the New Hampshire Board of Mental Health Practice as requisite to attaining mental health counseling licensures.
  • Curriculum and Instruction
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    The Master of Education (MEd) in Curriculum and Instruction offers students the opportunity to explore new and emerging research-based practices in teaching and learning. Those wishing to improve their teaching skills and content knowledge are encouraged to pursue this option. Designed with the flexibility to meet the individual needs and interests of the adult learner, this option allows students to pursue various specialization areas to meet their professional goals.
  • Educational Leadership
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    The Master of Education in Educational Leadership prepares candidates for a variety of leadership roles (e.g. teacher leader, department chair, principal) at the elementary, middle, and secondary levels in both public and private school settings.

    The program provides educators with the knowledge, skills, and understanding they need to successfully practice effective leadership in their learning organizations.
  • Elementary Education
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    The Master of Education in Elementary Education (non-certification) is designed for students who seek to deepen their understanding of teaching and learning, without preparing for K-8 teaching certification. The program of study anchors coursework in learning theory, instructional design, and the principles of assessment, as well as provides for elective coursework to support the student’s unique professional goals.
  • English Education
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    The Master of Education in English Education is designed to prepare students to teach English or language arts, to be a writing specialist in their chosen field, to work with writing in all subject areas, or to be a writing teacher at any level.
  • Environmental Science and Policy
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    The Master of Science in Environmental Science and Policy is designed to expand students’ understanding of the natural, social and physical dimensions of environmental issues. Students work with faculty members in areas such as forest ecosystems, hydrology, climate change, environmental economics, and land use planning to learn about the relationship between science and policy.
  • Health Education
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    The Master of Education in Health Education focuses on the development and delivery of health education in schools, clinical and corporate settings, and community service organizations. A graduate degree in health education will prepare you for a career in teaching, counseling, or consulting in various health- and wellness-related fields.
  • Heritage Studies
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    Heritage Studies explores the intricate relationships and subjects of identity, memory, intangibility/tangibility, dissonance and place. It is a multidisciplinary program in understanding the construction of heritage within the social sciences. Using place-based methods, our accomplished faculty including folklorists and archivists will explore a number of heritage landscapes to uncover the meanings of what is a living heritage.
  • Historic Preservation
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    The Master of Arts in Historic Preservation is designed to provide students with a fundamental understanding of historic preservation issues and opportunities that promote the protection of historic and cultural resources. Students will gain strong organizational, practical and administrative skills ideal for careers in historic preservation, heritage tourism and/or heritage resource management.
  • Human Relations
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    The Master of Education in Human Relations offers students advanced study in the theoretical and pragmatic nuances of human relationships. Designed for students who do not wish to obtain counseling licensure or certification, this degree program is appropriate for a variety of helping professionals including, but not limited to, teachers, administrators, clergy members, and business professionals.
  • Integrated Arts
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    The Master of Education in Integrated Arts is designed for students who want to enhance their professional development by incorporating the arts into educational, cultural, human services, and recreational settings. Integrated Arts graduates are typically classroom teachers, visual and performing artists, and arts or resource or media specialists employed in schools, museums, libraries, hospitals, and other educational and cultural institutions.
  • Language Education (French, Spanish, TESOL)
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    The Master of Education in Language Education program brings students up to date on the latest practices, programs, and changes in education laws
  • Library Media
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    The Master of Education in Library Media, K-12 Certification, will prepare you for a successful career in the school library setting. Plymouth State offers a comprehensive program, the only of its kind in the state, for those new to the school library setting or for seasoned professionals wishing to renew New Hampshire state certification.
  • Mathematics Education
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    The Master of Education in Mathematics Education is designed to raise students’ awareness of current thinking in the field of mathematics education and in education in general.
  • Music Education
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    If you want to help students perform as an ensemble as well as improve their individual musicianship, our master’s in music education will help you to hone your teaching skills and musical abilities to experience the rewards of graduate study.
  • Personal and Organizational Wellness
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    The Master of Arts in Personal and Organizational Wellness provides adult learners with an opportunity for personal, intellectual, and professional growth and development through a program of study based in a holistic perspective of the human experience. The concepts and applications of good intention, open mind and compassionate heart provide the foundations for course work.
  • Physical Education
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    PSU’s Master of Education in Physical Education serves professionals who seek to further their careers in such fields as physical education teaching, coaching, and directing athletic or recreation programs.
  • Reading and Writing
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    PSU’s Master of Education in Reading and Writing is for those seeking K-12 Specialist Certification. The program is aimed at helping K-12 classroom teachers, special educators, Title I personnel, literacy coaches, curriculum coordinators, adult literacy teachers, educators, and administrators provide the highest quality literacy instruction to all students in today’s diverse classrooms.
  • School Counseling
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    The Master of Education in School Counseling is designed to prepare students to function as K–12 Certified Professional School Counselors.
  • School Psychology
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    The Master of Education in School Psychology is a 69-credit program designed for individuals who desire certification in school psychology at the state and national level. Those candidates who already possess a master’s degree in a related field will want to explore the post-master’s CAGS or professional certification program.
  • Science Education
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    The Master of Arts in Teaching in Science Education is designed to promote science learning for teachers through the use of innovative teaching methods in the classroom, laboratory, and field, and authentic assessment strategies that are applicable to the classroom. The program is based on the research, goals, vision, and best practices derived from the science education community.

    The Master of Science in Science Education graduate degree program is designed to promote science learning for teachers through the use of innovative teaching methods and authentic assessment strategies.
  • Social Studies Education
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    The Master of Education in Social Studies Education is designed to develop leaders in social studies education to work in settings such as community colleges, high schools, curriculum agencies, publishing companies, foundations and museums. Emphasis is on specialized work in curriculum development and the subject matters, methods, and materials of instruction.
  • Special Education
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    PSU offers a Master of Education in Special Education (non-certification), which is the most flexible option for students who are not interested in pursuing certification.

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling
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    The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is intended for two distinct groups of counselors who aspire to be leaders in the field of mental health counseling:

    * Those who hold a counseling master’s degree that does not meet the educational requirements for licensure as a clinical mental health counselor in New Hampshire.

    * Already licensed clinical mental health counselors.
  • Educational Leadership
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    The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies program in Educational Leadership is a 33- to 60-credit program that addresses the needs of practicing educators who have completed a master’s degree and who are interested in pursuing advanced academic work in educational change and leadership. This program is built on a foundation of human development and systems theories, critical thinking and reflection, advanced practice models, and democratic leadership skills.
  • Higher Education
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    PSU’s Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in Higher Education is designed to provide post-masters graduate students with the background needed for successful careers in a variety of higher education environments. The CAGS in Higher Education offers two concentrations in Administration Leadership and Curriculum and Instruction.
  • School Psychology
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    The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in School Psychology is designed for students who already have a master’s degree in a discipline related to school psychology. This flexible degree program contains a minimum of 33 credits, but may include up to 57 credits depending on the relatedness to school psychology of the candidate’s previous master’s degree.

Doctor of Education (EdD)

  • Higher Education
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    PSU’s Doctor of Education in Higher Education is designed to provide doctoral students with the skills and knowledge needed for successful careers in a variety of higher education environments. Doctoral students who currently work in higher education, and those who aspire to, will be able to explore the field of higher education through core and specialization courses, and participate in a practicum experience designed to give them direct experience in their areas of interest.
  • Learning, Leadership and Community
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    Plymouth State’s Doctor of Education in Learning, Leadership, and Community creates an environment for students to engage in collaborative inquiry, focused scholarship, and applied research. The Doctor of Education is a degree oriented to the improvement of professional practice by extending the knowledge, expertise, and skill of candidates through the application of research to leadership issues.

Educator Certification

Educator Options

  • (post-baccalaureate)
  • Art Education
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    K-12

    Are you interested making a career change into the art education field? Already have your bachelor’s degree and looking to become a certified art teacher? With Plymouth State’s Master of Arts in Teaching, Art Education program you’ll explore teaching methods for studio arts and visual arts education.
  • Education Technology Integrator
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    K–12

    The Education Technology Integrator K–12 Certification concentration prepares educators to use computers and related technologies to improve their ability to integrate technology into their curriculum and classroom, while simultaneously enhancing the educator’s professional growth and productivity.
  • Elementary Education
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    K–8

    The MEd in Elementary Education K–8 Certification concentration prepares students for state certification to teach grades K–8 in New Hampshire. The program is designed to address both state and national standards for teachers, and integrates theory and practice in balanced coursework and field experiences.
  • English Education
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    5–12

    Students interested in obtaining New Hampshire Teacher Certification in English (grades 5–12) should select this option. Graduates will be endorsed for certification in New Hampshire and fully qualified to teach English and language arts in grades 5–12.
  • French Education
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    K–12

    The French Education K-12 Certification concentration brings students up to date on the latest practices, programs, and changes in education laws, and prepares students for state endorsement to teach French at the K–12 level in New Hampshire and throughout the United States.
  • General Special Education
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    K–12

    Courses in special education address competencies in such areas as classroom management, survey of exceptionalities, human development, foundations, assessment, and teaching strategies.
  • Health Education
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    K–12

    Plymouth State’s master’s program in health education with a focus in K-12 health education will prepare you to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination offered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.
  • Library Media Specialist
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    K–12

    The Master of Education in Library Media, K-12 Certification, will prepare you for a successful career in the school library setting. Plymouth State offers a comprehensive program, the only of its kind in the state, for those new to the school library setting or for seasoned professionals wishing to renew New Hampshire state certification.
  • Life Sciences
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    7–12

    This certification requires the completion of approximately 45 credits of undergraduate coursework in various areas, such as biology, human anatomy and physiology, invertebrate or vertebrate zoology, plant morphology or botany of vascular plants, biochemistry, microbiology, genetics, evolution, ecology, and laboratory safety.
  • Mathematics
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    5-8, 7–12

    The Master of Education (MEd) in Mathematics Education is designed to raise students’ awareness of current thinking in the field of mathematics education and in education in general

    The program offers two concentrations: Middle School 5–8 Mathematics Certification and Secondary School 7–12 Mathematics Certification. Middle school teachers may select either concentration, as both are appropriate to this educational level.
  • Middle Level Science
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    5–9

    This certification requires the completion of approximately 43 credits of undergraduate coursework in various areas, such as mathematics, biology, chemistry, earth science, astronomy, oceanography, meteorology, physical science, laboratory safety, and the history and philosophy of science.
  • Physical Education
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    K–12

    This concentration is intended for educators who wish to combine their MEd studies with endorsement for New Hampshire certification as a K-12 Physical Education Teacher.
  • Reading and Writing Teacher
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    K–12

    Once this program is completed, Reading and Writing Teacher certification would be added to a certified teacher’s other certification area. Students in the certification program must be certified teachers.
  • Social Studies Education
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    5–12

    Develop the skills you need to pursue a career in teaching social studies. If you aspire to become an elementary, middle, or high school social studies teacher, Plymouth State’s 5-12 Social Studies Education concentration will prepare you to obtain secondary teacher certification in the state of New Hampshire.
  • Spanish Education
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    K–12

    The Spanish Education K-12 Certification concentration brings students up to date on the latest practices, programs, and changes in education laws, and qualifies recipients to teach Spanish at the K–12 level in New Hampshire and throughout the United States.
  • TESOL
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    K–12

    The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Education K-12 Certification concentration prepares students to teach English language learners of all ages and abilities in the United States and overseas. Students who complete the program meet the requirements for the New Hampshire Department of Education license to teach K-12 English language learners.

Specialist Options

  • (with master’s or post-master’s)
  • Curriculum Administrator
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    K–12

    The Curriculum Administrator program is designed to develop outstanding instructional leaders who will encourage the improvement of learning opportunities and academic achievement for all students. The objectives of the various courses required in the program are based on the NH state standards for the certification endorsement and adhere to the guidelines set by ISLLC for programs in educational leadership.
  • Reading and Writing Specialist
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    K–12

    Students in this program must have a master’s degree and must be certified teachers. In order to gain certification, students in this program must have a minimum of two years teaching experience upon completion of the program.
  • School Counselor
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    K–12

    The Master of Education (MEd) in School Counseling is designed to prepare students to function as K–12 Certified Professional School Counselors. This program is approved by the New Hampshire Department of Education and leads to New Hampshire certification in school (guidance) counseling.
  • School Principal
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    K–12

    Educators who wish to explore the possibilities of school leadership and administration will find PSU’s school principal certification program rich in opportunities for collaboration, research and practical experience. From curriculum development and assessment to school law, school budgets, and community partnerships, candidates will master the wide array of responsibilities, duties and leadership qualities an effective school principal must possess.
  • School Psychologist
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    K–12

    The Master of Education (MEd) in School Psychology is a 69-credit program designed for individuals who desire certification in school psychology at the state and national level. Those candidates who already possess a master’s degree in a related field will want to explore the post-master’s CAGS or professional certification program.
  • Special Education Administrator
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    K–12

    Graduates of this concentration are eligible for certification as a special education administrator in New Hampshire. Reciprocity through interstate compacts extends this certification to additional states. This program requires previous certification in K–12 General Special Education as well as three years of teaching experience.
  • Superintendent
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    K–12 (CAGS required)

    The School Superintendent certification concentration combines the competencies required for school principal certification with school leadership courses within the CAGS program. Graduates will be endorsed for certification as K–12 School Superintendents in New Hampshire.

Graduate Certificates

Business

  • Accounting
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    The Accounting Certificate prepares today’s graduate student with a deeper understanding of practical accounting skills valued by management. If you have ever considered a career in accounting or want to supplement your current accounting knowledge or credits toward certification, this is an opportunity to explore this integral area of business.
  • Health Care Administration
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    Plymouth State University’s Health Care Administration certificate addresses the issues that challenge today’s health care professionals. The certificate program consists of four courses designed and taught by leaders in the health care industry.
  • Human Side of Enterprise
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    Are you looking to enhance your understanding of the interpersonal aspects of business? Through this in-depth exploration of best practices in organizational management, communication, and leadership, you’ll expand your expertise in employment and management issues.
  • International Business
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    The International Business certificate is available only in conjunction with the joint Plymouth State University and Babes-Bolyai University MBA program. This certificate delivers a rich, multicultural learning experience paired with a rigorous curriculum and diverse faculty.
  • Investment & Finance
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    The Investment and Finance certificate program prepares both individual and organizational financial managers to meet the challenges posed by today’s financial, economic, and accounting environments. Students learn best practices of financial analysis and decision making, and develop an in-depth understanding of international financial management.
  • Organizational Communication
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    The Organizational Communication certificate addresses the effective transmission of internal and external communication related to the organization. Particular emphasis is placed on developing critical skills such as speaking, listening, writing, and understanding nonverbal, visual, and mass communication. Public relations principles and practices are also stressed.
  • Small Business & Entrepreneurship
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    The Small Business and Entrepreneurship certificate program is ideal for individuals planning to consult for small businesses or to open a small business. This intensive introduction to business planning includes defining the primary vision through market size assessment and strategic operations planning; how to finance, staff, and implement a new venture; and how to manage growth.
  • Strategic Marketing Management
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    Marketing professionals wanting to update their experience with contemporary issues in marketing, or business generalists looking to focus on marketing and revenue generating strategies will benefit from the Strategic Marketing Management certificate. The certificate provides coverage of various aspects of strategic marketing in today’s business world and introduces theoretical and practical applications for current and future marketing professionals.

Education

  • Addictions Treatment
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    The Addictions Treatment Certificate provides specialized education to students interested in learning how to treat individuals with addictions and related disorders. This certificate program is in alignment with the professional licensing standards for alcohol and other drug abuse counselors.
  • American Museum of Natural History
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    Students interested in science teaching may earn a graduate certificate by taking online courses offered through American Museum of Natural History’s Seminars on Science program. A total of 16 focused credits are needed to earn a certificate. Each course is four credits. In addition, courses taken through this partnership may be used as electives in the MEd in Curriculum and Instruction.
  • Athletic Administration
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    The Athletic Administration graduate curriculum includes coursework in organizational theory, personnel management, sport marketing, and liability issues.
  • Eating Disorders
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    Educators, health care professionals, and mental health professionals (e.g., counselors, social workers, nurses, and dietitians) who wish to specialize in eating disorder treatment, may enroll in a 13-15-credit certificate program that can also be integrated with a MEd in Health Education or Human Relations.
  • Historic Preservation
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    With Plymouth State’s historic preservation graduate certificate you will gain strong organizational, practical, and administrative skills to position you for a career in historic preservation, heritage tourism, or heritage resource management. If you already work in a community preservation organization or government agency, you will discover how to incorporate stewardship and leadership into the strategic plan.
  • National Writing Project Teacher Consultant
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    This certificate program is designed for writing project fellows who wish to assume leadership roles within the project. It provides an extensive background in pedagogy, research and theory in the teaching of writing, as well as in facilitation of professional development programming and the mentoring of other teachers.
  • Neurodevelopmental Approach to Teaching
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    All students who pursue the Neurodevelopmental Approach to Teaching certificate must complete ED 5060 (or equivalent) prior to registering for ND courses. Additionally, students must currently be teaching or have permission from the instructor.
  • Online Teaching & Learning
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    PSU has partnered with VHS Collaborative to offer a 15-credit graduate certificate focused in Online Teaching and Learning. The certificate program meets the needs of teachers who are new to integrating technology into the classroom and those who want to incorporate cutting-edge technology. Additionally, the five-course certificate sequence may be incorporated into a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction.
  • Parent Involvement & Education
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    The Parent Involvement and Education Certificate is offered for graduate students, counselors, teachers, and other human relations professionals interested in enhancing their understanding of parent involvement and education, developing the skills necessary to work with parents, and planning or refining existing parenting programs.
  • Play Therapy
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    The Play Therapy post-master’s certificate provides school and mental health counselors and school psychologists with useful, research-based tools and techniques to help children and adolescents through a variety of social, emotional, behavioral, and learning difficulties, including posttraumatic stress disorder, conduct disorder, aggression or impulsive anger, anxiety, depression, ADHD, and low self-esteem.
  • Positive Behavioral Interventions & Support
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    The Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) graduate certificate is designed for teachers, para-educators, administrators, guidance counselors, psychologists and other school or community providers, and family members interested in increasing their understanding of the process of enhancing the emotional well being of students through systemic, positive, prevention-focused, and data-based decision making in schools.
  • Teacher Leadership
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    Students may choose to take four courses to earn a graduate certificate in teacher leadership on its own or may take the courses as part of the MEd in Educational Leadership with a concentration in teacher leadership.

Personal & Org Wellness

  • OATH Certificate
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    Organizational Approaches to Transformation and Healing (OATH) is a 12-credit graduate certificate program directed by the PATH Institute at PSU. The program challenges traditional models and examines the implications of emerging paradigms for organizational health. Students will explore ways to transform the work environment through the integration of holistic approaches to leadership, interpersonal relationships, social responsibility, and self-reflection.
  • PATH Institute Certificate
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    The Personal Approaches to Transformation and Healing (PATH) Institute Certificate provides experiential, academic opportunities to study integrative health and healing concepts. Based on the growing awareness of mind, body, and spirit interactions in holistic healing and wellness, this program builds on the movement that influenced Congress in 1992 to establish what is now the Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine within the National Institutes of Health.

Online

Undergraduate

  • Business Administration (BS)
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    The BS degree in Business Administration is designed for transfer students transferring in to Plymouth 60 or more credits.

    Most transfer students in this program will be able to complete all degree requirements in four semesters at Plymouth.
  • Communication and Media Studies (BA)
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    The BA in Communication & Media Studies is an interdisciplinary degree that allows students to investigate communication processes and effects from a variety of perspectives.

    Students receive a broad-based liberal arts education through a series of courses that offers significant opportunities for selecting classes to meet individual interests and needs.
  • Criminal Justice (BA)
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    The Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice will prepare you for advanced study as well as for a career in law, law enforcement, court administration, government, criminology, corrections and probation, or a career working with juveniles or in schools.

    You will receive a well-rounded education and develop the communication, research, scientific, and technical skills necessary to succeed in any area of the field you choose.
  • Nursing (RN to BSN Completion Program)
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    Make a seamless transition from associate degree RN to a baccalaureate degree RN.

    Research indicates better patient outcomes with higher degree attainment. New Hampshire has an unusually low number of baccalaureate degree prepared nurses as compared to Associate degree prepared nurses.

Graduate

  • General Management (MBA)
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    With the flexibility to take courses 100 percent online or in combination with night or weekend-intensive courses, PSU makes it possible to earn your MBA and accomplish your goals while working full-time.

    Online students may choose to focus their studies in Health Care Administration, The Human Side of Enterprise or International Business.
  • Curriculum and Instruction (MED)
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    Designed with the flexibility to meet the individual needs and interests of the adult learner, this graduate program enables students to pursue various areas of specialization to meet their professional goals.

    Concentrations that may be completed online include Adult Learning and Development, K-12 Education and Online Teaching and Learning.
  • Library Media (MED)
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    This comprehensive program—the only one of its kind in the state—is designed for those interested in working in a school library setting, as well as for seasoned professionals seeking to renew their state certification.