Students seeking teacher certification in elementary education complete the degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science in child development with elementary education preparation track. In addition, students will need to apply and receive acceptance to the Upper Valley Educators Institute (UVEI), where they will take additional coursework including a student teaching internship. All New Hampshire Department of Education certification requirements, including teacher certification exams, will need to be met. Students who meet the requirements for entrance into UVEI have the option of utilizing the accelerated track for completion of their degree in 3½ years to obtain certification in a total of four years of college work. If state certification requirements change, some course offerings may be adjusted to maintain compliance.
In addition to the Child Development Learning Outcomes, students in child development who pursue the elementary education prep track will:
- Know and demonstrate a variety of teaching methods that are effective for a diverse population.
- Create a personal philosophy of education based in knowledge of teaching.
- Demonstrate the analytical, interpretive and writing skills necessary for teaching.
Suggested Registration Sequence: B.S. Child Development / Elementary Education Prep Accelerated Track
Please note that there is also a child development minor.