Building on a very successful start, a unique teacher certification program for New Hampshire’s North Country is currently recruiting new students.
The North Country Teachers Certification Program (NHTCP) began in the fall of 2005 as a pilot program among White Mountains Community College- Berlin (WMCC), Granite State College and Plymouth State University, offering a Childhood Studies bachelor’s degree with K-8 Teacher Certification. Fifteen people initially enrolled, with class members ranging from traditional college-age students to adult learners, with a wide variety of life and educational experience. Many were the first-ever college students in their families. All shared a dream of becoming teachers, though their geographical location made it impossible to gain a four-year degree from PSU. Many graduates are now employed fulltime in North Country schools, and the program is seeking new students to begin next year.
|A student teacher in the North Country Teacher Certification Program presents a lesson to an elementary school class.|
How does it work? After completing the two-year teacher preparation program at WMCC-Berlin, candidates apply to PSU and, after admittance, complete their final two years of their program on the campus of WMCC. Student teaching is also completed in North Country schools.
NCTCP Director Irene Mosedale believes the cooperative model works well.
“This program has exceeded our expectations and really helped those students willing to make the effort to succeed,” Mosedale said. “The program allows them to complete their bachelor’s degree and teaching certification in the North Country; they can continue to care for their families, and maintain their other responsibilities, now we’re hoping more students want to get started on building their career in education.”
Mosedale says the next NCTCP class is slated to begin in the fall of 2010. Students will complete their program, including student teaching, in the spring of 2012. Enrollment is limited.
“In order to be eligible, students need to either complete the WMCC teacher preparation program requirements or have acceptable transfer credits by the end of summer 2010, in addition to passing the PRAXIS I test and maintaining a minimum GPA of 2.5,” Mosedale said.
Mosedale points out that the ‘baby-boomer’ generation of teachers is close to retirement age, so the teacher certification program will be critical in replacing those retiring educators.
“We want to train passionate, motivated students who are connected to the North Country,” said Mosedale.
For more information about the North Country Teachers Certification Program or to schedule an appointment, contact Irene Mosedale at (603) 823-8115.