General Special Education (Teacher Certification)

This Post-Baccalaureate Program is for candidates interested in pursuing teacher certification. The Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification program is designed for 21st Century Educators, providing an in-depth focus on the critical issues that are transforming the landscape of education - innovation, critical thinking, problem solving and collaboration.

Minimum GPA requirement of 3.0

Major in SPED Cert - Post Bac 1
Introductory Level Education Courses
EDC 800Introduction to Field Experience1
EDC 801Special Education Law4
EDC 803The Dynamic Role of the Special Educator4
EDC 816Students with Disabilities4
EDC 817Positive Behavior Guidance and Student Engagement4
Intermediate Level Education Courses
EDC 818Transition Planning and Developing IEPs2
EDC 820Instructional Methods, Strategies and Technologies to Meet the Needs of All Students4
EDC 821Assessment of Students with Disabilities4
Advanced Level Education Courses
EDC 823Teaching Language Arts and Literacy6
EDC 885Culminating Teaching Experience and Seminar4
Total Credits37

A minimum grade of B- is required in all Major coursework.

State Certification Requirements

The following requirements must be completed in order to be recommended to the state for Teacher Certification.

  • Praxis Core Academic Skills For Educators Exam required. Passing Praxis Core Exam scores, NH DOE waiver or current NH teaching certification must be submitted prior to completion of EDC 800 Introduction to Field Experience to continue with clinical courses.

This degree plan is a sample and does not reflect the impact of transfer credit or current course offerings. UNH CPS Online students should develop individual academic plans with their academic advisor during their first semester at UNH.

Sample Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
EDC 800 Introduction to Field Experience Nonclinical; Complete CHRC Process 1
EDC 801 Special Education Law Nonclinical 4
EDC 816 Students with Disabilities Nonclinical 4
EDC 803 The Dynamic Role of the Special Educator Cinical A 4
EDC 817 Positive Behavior Guidance and Student Engagement Clinical A 4
Second Year
EDC 818 Transition Planning and Developing IEPs Clinical B 2
EDC 820 Instructional Methods, Strategies and Technologies to Meet the Needs of All Students Clinical A 4
EDC 821 Assessment of Students with Disabilities Clinical B 4
EDC 823 Teaching Language Arts and Literacy Clinical A 6
EDC 885 Culminating Teaching Experience and Seminar Clinical A 4
 Total Credits37

Note: Only 1 Clinical A course allowed per term

Students Will:

  • Be reflective and knowledgeable about learners and are able to employ instructional methods, strategies and technologies to meet the needs of all students;
  • Have a rich understanding of the subject/s that they teach;
  • Employ best practices in the planning, delivery and assessment of instruction to improve learning achievement of Pre-K-12 students.