The purposes of professional educator preparation program approval are to ensure that all future educators in New Hampshire are highly qualified and well prepared to serve all students effectively. Preparation programs utilize data on their students’ preparedness for professional practice and other essential indicators for continuous program improvement.
Administrative Rules for Program Approval
An administrative "rule" is defined as a regulation or standard adopted by an agency to implement or make specific a law enforced or administered by the agency; or interpret a procedure or practice requirement binding on persons outside the agency. Rules shall be valid and binding on persons they affect, and shall have the force of law unless amended or revised.
Rulemaking is therefore lawmaking, in areas which the legislature has decided are too specific or too detailed to be handled by legislation.
Council for Teacher Education
The program approval process is advised by the New Hampshire Council for Teacher Education (CTE). For every program approval site visit, two CTE members serve as co-chairs for the review team that conducts the visit.
Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) with Preparation Programs
Fifteen IHEs in New Hampshire each offer one or more approved professional educator preparation programs.
Manuals and Related Materials for IHEs
The Department of Education is seeking program reviewers to serve on an upcoming assessment team at one of New Hampshire's fifteen institutions that prepare professional educators. Those who conduct reviews of educator preparation programs are experienced and certified P-12 educators or postsecondary educators who prepare future educators in the program areas being assessed. Reviewers will be expected to volunteer their services and will earn up to 40 CEUs. Program reviewers indicate that reviewing preparation programs had been a highly rewarding and a significant professional development experience. Those interested in serving as a program reviewer should complete the attached application and return as directed with a current resume.
Site Visit Documents
Resources for IHEs
New Hampshire Summit on Redefining Educator Development for 21st Century Learners
In May 2010, the New Hampshire Department of Education joined with 11 other statewide associations to hold the 1st Annual Invitational Summit on “redefining educator development for 21st century learners.” The summit brought together 150 P12 teacher educators, state association leaders, and state policy makers to examine how best to transform P12 education and preservice and inservice educator development. Comprehensive information about the summit and the initiatives it has led it is available at www.nhsummit.org.
Improving Teacher Effectiveness, New Approaches to Certification Top the Agenda at Summit of Education Leaders From Four New England States
With compelling topics such as teacher effectiveness and new approaches to teacher certification on the agenda, education leaders from four New England states met recently to brainstorm ways that collaboration among the neighboring states could improve teaching and learning for students. At the recent “Educator Effectiveness: A New England Regional Solutions Summit” hosted by Dr. Virginia Barry, New Hampshire Commissioner of Education, representatives from the Connecticut, Maine and New Hampshire Departments of Education and the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education joined with other educational experts to delve deeply into the challenges and opportunities they face in their states.
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