Holmes Center for School Partnerships and Educator Preparation

Holmes Center for School Partnerships and Educator Preparation
Plymouth Campus in the fall

The Holmes Center is responsible for the Internship in Teaching that leads to teacher certification in New Hampshire. The Holmes Center collaborates with school district partners, the state department of education and other educational agencies to maximize the learning experiences of teacher candidates. Our internships in teaching are characterized by collaboration, accountability and professionalism in continually improving learning environments.

The Holmes Center works with the PSU Council of Educator Preparation (CEP) to ensure the effectiveness, accreditation and approval of teacher preparation programs. The Council of Educator Preparation is responsible for the oversight of education preparation programs and their alignment with state and national standards.

PSU’s teacher certification programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP) and Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP).

Plymouth State University Educator Preparation Programs are approved by the New Hampshire State Board of Education and reviewed by the New Hampshire Council for Teacher Education (NHCTE). Completion of a PSU Educator Preparation Program (EPP) leads to recommendation for endorsement for the Beginner Educator Licensure with the New Hampshire Department of Education. Upon completion of an EPP, candidates may also request verification of program completion to other states. For information on reciprocity and obtaining a teaching license in a state other than NH, please contact the Holmes Center for assistance, psu-holmescenter@plymouth.edu. You can also contact the Department of Education for the state in which you are interested in pursuing licensure. Reciprocity does not mean an educator license from one state is automatically exchanged for a license in another state. The educator may have to complete additional requirements, such as coursework, assessments, or classroom experience, before receiving a full professional certificate in the new state.

The Holmes Center Team

Our offices are located on the third floor of Rounds Hall in 313 and suite 317.

Brian Walker

Director; Clinical Associate Faculty

Email: bfwalker@plymouth.edu
Phone: 603.535.2807

Valerie Comeau-Palmer

Holmes Center Coordinator

Email: vacomeaupalmer@plymouth.edu
Phone: 603.535.2220

Vicki Kelly

Coordinator of Clinical Practice

Email: vicki.kelly@plymouth.edu
Phone: 603.535.2179