Your experience in the program prepares you to transfer to a four-year degree program to become a teacher, or to work in the educational field as a paraeducator. This degree program meets requirements that fulfill national and state guidelines for paraeducators.
Why Great Bay?
You will work closely with experienced faculty in small, engaging classes while experiencing elementary, middle and secondary education in the field.
You will receive individual attention and advising to choose courses that will allow you to transfer into a four year program.
- K-12 Classroom teacher
- K-12 Special Education teacher
- Education specialist
- School Administrator
- K-12 Paraeducator
Catherine Brophy is the Program Coordinator for GBCC’s Teacher Preparation Program. She has more than 30 years of experience across educational settings in New Hampshire, and expertise in the use of technology to expand and enhance inclusion and equity.
Technical Standards have been created as a guideline for completion of the Teacher Preparation Program and for success as an educator in a public school setting. For state certification as an educator, students are required to pass the Praxis I and Praxis II exams and undergo a criminal records check and fingerprinting. Individuals are encouraged to contact the New Hampshire Department of Education for further details. You are encouraged to meet with your advisor to discuss any questions regarding these matters.
Transfer Credit Policy
In addition to Great Bay transfer credit policies, appropriate education courses will be accepted if taken within a five-year period. Exceptions to this policy, based on professional experience, may be granted at the discretion of the department chair. Proper documentation will be required to initiate this process. In the case of English and math course transfers, it may be recommended that the student take portions of the Accuplacer Placement Test to verify the skill level required in order to be successful in subsequent classes within the program.
The Teacher Preparation Program meets the requirements for paraeducators seeking an Associate Degree to fulfill of national and state guidelines. The program is designed so that you will be prepared to transfer to a four year institution to complete your degree to become a teacher.
- Graduating students will develop an appreciation for the act of reflective practice and recognize the impact of ongoing reflection and professional development in order to become an effective educator.
- Graduating students will be exposed to our elementary, middle, and secondary school systems while developing an understanding of the importance of meeting the individual needs of all children.
- Graduating students will acquire an understanding of various educational theories and their application to the real-world classroom.
- Graduating students will be exposed to a variety of teaching techniques to be used in today’s classrooms in order to meet the individual needs of all children.
- Graduating students will utilize technology to enhance their teaching skills.