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.

Career Options

  • K-12 Classroom teacher
  • K-12 Special Education teacher
  • Education specialist
  • School Administrator
  • K-12 Paraeducator

Related Degrees

First Year – Fall Semester

Course IDCourseTheoryLabCredits
TCHP104GFoundations of Education303
ENGL110GCollege Composition I404
MATH145G/147G, 150G/152G (or higher)

Math Elective



Social Science Elective

Total Credits14-15

First Year – Spring Semester

Course IDCourseTheoryLabCredits
TCHP101GIntroduction to Exceptionalities303
 Math Elective404
 Educational Transfer Focus Elective303
 English Literature Course303
 Foreign Language/Humanities/Fine Arts Elective303
Total Credits16

Second Year – Fall Semester

Course IDCourseTheoryLabCredits
 Educational Transfer Focus Elective303
 Educational Transfer Focus Elective303
 Lab Science Elective334
PSYC110GIntroduction to Psychology303
 Foreign Language/Humanities/Fine Arts Elective303
Total Credits17

Second Year – Spring Semester

Course IDCourseTheoryLabCredits
 Social Science Elective303
 Lab Science Elective334
 Educational Transfer Focus Elective303
 Educational Transfer Focus Elective303
 Foreign Language/Humanities/Fine Arts Elective303
Total Credits16

Total Overall Credits :62-63

* Educational Transfer Focus Electives: Any course offered at The College with the exception of courses on the following list. These courses cannot be used for an Educational Transfer Focus elective: any course with an academic level less than 100, any cooperative course (Co-op), any internship, any practicum, any clinical or clinical affiliation, any externship, any self-assessment course, any senior project course, any internship seminar, any capstone course, any professional seminar, BTEC101G.

**Theory, lab, and credit hours may vary depending on the elective course chosen.


Admissions Criteria

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.

Program Outcomes

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.


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Graduating students will acquire an understanding of various educational theories and their application to the real-world classroom.
  4. 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.
  5. Graduating students will utilize technology to enhance their teaching skills.


Contact an Admissions Representative at (603) 427-7600 ex 7500 or gbadmissions@ccsnh.edu