Teacher Certification (5-12) Option

120 credits

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 5-12 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. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.70 is required to student teach.

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.

Degree Requirements


Courses required for the Option are shown in boldface.
EN 2500 Studies in English (WRCO) 3
EN 2560 Introduction to English Teaching 3
EN 2700 Creative Writing 3
EN 3510 Currents in Global Literature (GACO) 3
EN 3611 Currents in British Literature I (INCO) 3
EN 3620 Currents in British Literature II 3
EN 3690 Critical Theory 3
EN 3710 Currents in American Literature I (DICO) 3
EN 3720 Currents in American Literature II (DICO) 3
EN 4310 Teaching Writing in the Secondary School 3
EN 4320 English Student Teaching Seminar 1
EN 4430 English Student Teaching (5-12) 11
EN 4550 Teaching Literature in the Secondary School 3
Introductory Course - complete one of the following: 3
EN 2250 Identity and Difference in American Literature (DICO)
EN 2350 Decades in Literature
EN 2410 Shakespeare's (St)age
EN 2450 Prize Winners
EN 2610 Introduction to Film
Advanced Study in Writing - complete one of the following: 3
EN 3030 Practicum in Publication
EN 3100 Fiction Workshop
EN 3120 Advanced Composition
EN 3130 Non-Fiction Workshop
EN 3140 Poetry Workshop
EN 3300 The Craft of Screenwriting: Reading and Writing Screenplays
EN 3680 Scriptwriting
EN 3760 Topics in Writing
EN 4030 Advanced Poetry Workshop
EN 4130 Advanced Prose Workshop
EN 4910 Independent Study (writing)
EN 4950 English Internship
CM 3090 Technical Communication (TECO) (WRCO)
CM 3670 Journalism (TECO) (WRCO)
CM 4090 Advanced Technical Communication
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
LL 2000 Introduction to Language and Linguistics (QRCO) 3
PS 3190 Development and Understanding (WECO) 3
SE 3090 Introduction to Special Education: Middle and Secondary 3
General Education:
EN 1200 Composition 3
IS 1111 The First Year Seminar: Critical Thinking and the Nature of Inquiry 3
MA Mathematics Foundations 3
CTDI Creative Thought Directions 6
PPDI Past and Present Directions 6
SIDI Scientific Inquiry Directions 6-8
SSDI Self and Society Directions 6
Foreign Language (GACO) 8
Electives 13-11

The foreign language requirement for all BA degrees calls for 0-8 credits: one year of one language (6-8 credits); or one 3000/4000 level world language course (3 credits); or being a native speaker of a language other than English (zero credit). American Sign Language I and II fulfill this requirement; however, American Sign Language does not satisfy the Global Awareness Connection.

Student Teaching requires a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.70; a minimum grade of C in EN 3510, EN 4310, and EN 4550; and a minimum grade of C in three of the following: EN 3611, EN 3620, EN 3710 or EN 3720.

*All course information is from the 2013-2014 Catalog.