Teacher Education Conversion Program - General Special Education with Certification

Degree Type

Teacher Education Conversion Program

NHTI's Teacher Education Conversion Program for Special Education   certificate program provides you the opportunity to become licensed to teach in K-12 special education if you have already earned your bachelor's degree and currently hold another N.H. teaching license.

Do you have questions? Contact Cynthia Lucero, department chair, at clucero@ccsnh.edu or 603-271-6484 x4246.

Admission Requirements

Apply for this program today on our Admissions page with step-by-step instructions and enrollment pathways build just for you!

Application Process

Applicants are required to have:

Once the application is complete, transcripts are reviewed by faculty to assess the candidate’s fundamental knowledge of the N.H. content standards. Applicants are interviewed by faculty and the TECP director and will discuss the transcript review results. Determination is then made regarding acceptance, and the applicant is notified of the decision.

Program Requirements

Candidates must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least a 2.75 to remain in the program. A criminal record check will be required. To be recommended for the N.H. teaching license a candidate must:

  • Pass Praxis Core Academic Skills Test  before student teaching/practicum
  • Successfully complete all required coursework
  • Successfully complete a supervised student teaching or practicum experience
  • Earn a passing score on the N.H. Teacher Candidate Assessment of Performance where applicable
  • Successfully complete an electronic portfolio approved by the Education faculty
Career Information

Students who complete this program can enter into the following professions (not an inclusive list):

  • Special education teaching in K-12 schools
  • Teaching or leadership positions in community agencies specializing in work with children with disabilities

The following N.H. state certifications are earned:

  • License for special education teaching K-12
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Additional Information

The Teacher Education Conversion Programs focus on areas of teaching that are in critical need in the state. Many candidates could already be teaching while still completing this program, and most could be hired as teachers upon completion.


The Teacher Education Conversion Programs hold N.H. State Board of Education Accreditation.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program of study the NHTI education student will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge in the area of learner development by demonstrating an understanding of how learners develop, recognizing that patterns of learning and development vary, and demonstrate the ability to facilitate developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences based on the unique needs of each learner.
  • In the area of learning differences, demonstrate an understanding of individual differences and diverse cultures and communities and demonstrate the ability to create inclusive learning environments that allow each learner to reach his or her full potential and the ability to employ universal design principles and assistive technology.
  • In the area of the learning environments, demonstrate the ability to work with learners to create and
    access learning environments that support self-directed individual and collaborative learning and demonstrate the use of learning environments not limited to the classroom but extended into the larger community and virtual experiences.
  • In the area of content knowledge, demonstrate an understanding of the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structure of his or her discipline(s) through demonstration of the creation of learning experiences that make the discipline(s) accessible and meaningful for learners and demonstrate innovative applications using differing perspectives to engage learners in critical and creative thinking and collaborative problem-solving related to authentic local and global issues.
  • In the area of learning facilitation, use multiple methods of assessment to engage learners in their own growth, document learner progress, provide learner feedback, and inform the educator’s ongoing planning and instructional practices.
  • Plan for learning facilitation, as demonstrated by being an active member of a learning community, to draw upon knowledge of content area standards, cross-disciplinary skills, learners, the community, and pedagogy to plan learning experiences that support every learner in meeting rigorous learning goals.
  • Demonstrate learning facilitation strategies, as demonstrated by an understanding and use of a variety of strategies and tools to encourage learners to develop deep understanding of content areas and their connections to other disciplines and an ability to build skills in accessing, applying, and communicating information.
  • In the area of professional responsibility, demonstrate being a reflective practitioner and using evidence to continually evaluate his or her practice, particularly the effects of choices and actions on students, families, and other professionals in the learning community, the ability to adapt practice to meet the needs of each learner, and the ability to collaborate, as a member of the larger learning community with learners, families, colleagues, other professionals, and community members to leverage resources that contribute to student growth and development, learning, and well-being.