Is teaching right for you? Are you right for teaching?
Education 500/935: Exploring Teaching is a four-credit course offered every semester for students considering a career in teaching and is a prerequisite for most Education courses. You will spend 5 hours each week in the field (a total of 60 hours over the course of the semester) in a public school classroom observing, teaching, grading, lesson planning, etc. with an assigned Cooperating Teacher. Your fieldwork can either be spent at school during one day per week for 5 hours, or split up into two-2.5 hour blocks during the week. You will also attend a 2-hour afternoon Seminar each week led by a UNH faculty member hereafter referred to as the Seminar Professor. Because of the combination of Seminar and fieldwork, EDUC 500/935 requires a great deal of time and responsibility, but you will have a unique chance to explore many facets of the institution that we call a school – teaching; small group or one-on-one instruction; teacher responsibilities; school politics; school-community relations; and much more. Throughout the course you will be asked to look at yourself and the profession candidly.
EDUC 500/935 Application Process
Applications open: Wednesday, March 23 2016
Application deadline: Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis after the deadline.
Notification of placements/waitlist: Sunday, April 24 2016
Please note: There is an application process because there are always more students looking to take EDUC 500/935 than Cooperating Teachers. Placement in the course is NOT first-come first-serve. If you apply by the deadline, you will be considered for the course but we likely will not be able to accommodate all students. Please be as flexible as possible when identifying days and times you are available for Seminar, as you are more likely to be placed if you provide more than one option. If you are placed, we will do our best to assign you to your preferred grade level and subject, however you might be placed in your second or third choice.
If you are placed:
- You MUST reply to placement email to accept the placement by Friday, April 29, 2016. If you do not, you will you lose your placement and will need to apply again next semester.
- Your placement email will include:
- name and address of your school
- Seminar time and location
- UNH Seminar Professor
- Your UNH Seminar Professor will assign you a Cooperating Teacher, grade, and subject at the beginning of the semester.
- You do NOT to register for EDUC 500/935 yourself. We will submit your name to the Department of Education Academic Advisor, Cindy Glidden who will register you for the course.
- You MUST have one 5-hour block or two 2.5-hour blocks open for fieldwork at your assigned school. Travel time is NOT included. Please keep this in mind when registering for courses. You will schedule your weekly fieldwork in coordination with your Cooperating Teacher and your UNH Seminar Professor once the course begins.
If you are put on the waitlist:
- You might receive an email offering a placement up until registration closes.
- If you are not offered a placement, we will email you when registration closes offering priority status for next semester. You must reply to this email confirming priority status and you must reapply for the following semester.
Questions and Concerns
Please email, call, or visit the Field Experiences Program Assistant, Shannan Douglas.
Morrill Hall 107
During University holidays, please call the Department of Education: (603) 862-2310.
Frequently Asked Questions
EDUC 500/935 is the required course for undergraduates who wish to pursue most teacher preparation courses at UNH including the:
- 5th-year Teacher Education master’s degree program in elementary or secondary education
- 4-year undergraduate options in music, mathematics, family studies (P-3), or physical education
If you intend to minor in education or want to be admitted to the 4- or 5-year teaching programs you should take EDUC 500/935.
In EDUC 500/935 there will be opportunities to explore school-related occupations outside the classroom, such as guidance counseling, athletic directing, English language learning, and outdoor education. EDUC 500/935 will get you into the school environment and can help you determine your desired areas of certification and your grade level preferences.
There is a waiver process for those who have accrued 75 hours in a classroom setting. If you would like to petition to have the EDUC 500/935 course requirement waived, please contact the Director of Educator Preparation, Tom Schram.
email@example.com (603) 862-2383 Morrill 202D
Since each situation is unique Tom will advise you on whether your experience is truly comparable to EDUC 500/935 and if a petition is feasible. If this preliminary evaluation of your experience appears comparable, you will be provided with the petition form and will then need to provide:
- Documentation of a minimum of 75 hours of fieldwork verified by a supervisor
- At least two letters of reference using the EDUC 500/935 Exploring Teaching Evaluation Form that is available for Cooperating Teachers in the EDUC 500/935 manual; Tom will provide this evaluation form for you
- A brief summary of the types of work you have undertaken in schools (e.g., teaching lessons designed by others, designing and teaching your own lessons, lecturing, leading class discussions, correcting student work, chaperoning school field trips)
- The completed petition form
Completed petition forms should be returned with the accompanying documentation either directly to Tom Schram or to the Internship office (Morrill 107). Please note that the waiver is NOT automatically granted upon completion of the process.
Although there is no hard and fast rule, we suggest taking EDUC 500 your sophomore year. This gives you sufficient time to plan for college and university requirements, and to identify possible majors related to your area of interest in education. However, do not panic if you decide later in your college career to explore teaching as a career option! Many students take EDUC 500 in their junior or senior year, while others enroll in EDUC 935 as graduate students.
Please note that because of the large number of applicants, you may not receive permission to take EDUC 500 the first time you apply. If possible, it is helpful to plan ahead when applying for permission to take EDUC 500.
That is quite all right. Maybe EDUC 500 will help you reach a decision. It helps if you have done some thinking about possible majors and fields of interest ahead of time so that we can place you with a teacher whose interests parallel yours.
UNH does not have an undergraduate major in education. The education program is a graduate program. The UNH Department of Education believes that undergraduate students should major in an area that they plan to teach for secondary teacher, or in areas related to the teacher's role at the elementary level. However, there is an undergraduate minor in education. This minor consists of 20 credits including EDUC 500 plus 16 credits in the 700-705 series, or in other courses in the Department of Education as approved by the Department Chairperson or Associate Chair in the Department of Education.
If you have a particular area of certification in mind (e.g., secondary social studies), you can view the course requirements on our Subject Area Requirement Sheets. These sheets are available in the hallway outside the main Department of Education office on the second floor of Morrill Hall.
There are no course prerequisites for EDUC 500/935. You do, however, have to apply to take the course. When you apply, we assume that you are genuinely interested in finding out if you want to teach. Commitment and responsibility are essential.
You will have a two-hour Seminar one afternoon per week, and you will be expected to spend 5 hours one day a week or 2.5 hours twice a week at your school placement site. You should also factor in travel time to and from your school. Many sections hold the two-hour Seminar at the school rather than at UNH. There are Seminar readings and writing assignments that, on average, involve an additional 3-6 hours per week.
Each section of EDUC 500/935 will be assigned to an area school or several area schools. Students in that section will do their fieldwork in those particular schools.
Seminar will meet either in one of the schools assigned to that section, or on campus. In either case, every Seminar will meet on campus for the first time and your UNH Seminar Professor will tell you where the Seminar will be meeting thereafter. Some Seminars may list that their location is to be announced (TBA). If your Seminar is listed as such, you should check the Time and Room schedule online during the first week of class.
You can be placed in an elementary (K-5), middle (6-8), or secondary (9-12) school. Starting in middle school, most schools divide their curriculum into subject areas (e.g., mathematics, English, biology, art) so you will likely focus on one discipline if you are placed at the middle or secondary level. You will rank your grade level and subject preferences on the EDUC 500/935 application.
Durham students interested in completing their EDUC 500/935 course in a diverse urban school can do so in Manchester. For more information on EDUC 500/935 in Manchester, please contact the Manchester Director of Field Experiences, Maryann Minard.
This varies from student to student. You will be assigned to an experienced teacher who has agreed to work with you. You will observe first, and then eventually teach small groups of students and/or the whole class.
This will depend on decisions made by you, your Cooperating Teacher, and your UNH Seminar Professor. You will not be expected to teach full-sized classes on a day-to-day or week-to-week basis, although you may teach the entire class on occasion. You will also have the opportunity to work with small groups, and you may help with the evaluation of students or set up and lead activities.
This is an extremely difficult question to answer. A big part of the answer depends on your relationship with the students and how you expect to be treated. Your Cooperating Teacher and UNH Seminar Professor can strategize with you, and your demeanor should reflect your pre-professional status in the classroom.
As mentioned before, you will have a 2-hour afternoon weekly Seminar either in a local school or on campus. From time to time, Cooperating Teachers from the local schools will join your Seminar or even lead it. Although each UNH Seminar Professor runs his or her Seminar a bit differently, there are certain common themes that all sections discuss. One major goal of the Seminar is to allow time for you to make sense out of what has been happening during your field experience. Your UNH Seminar Professor will also try to provide information which will help you function more effectively in the schools. Your Seminar will likely include topics such as how to engage students in learning; how the school and community work together; working with English language learners and students with special needs; different methods of evaluation; and whether or not teaching is the right career for you.
Of course! You will provide your grade level and subject preferences on the application
The application asks if you have regular access to a car. If the answer is no, every attempt is made to place you in a school that is accessible by foot, by Wildcat Transit, or by Coast bus. Sometimes students without cars are placed in sections without public transit access in the hopes that a carpool can be arranged. UNH Seminar Professors try to arrange carpools during your first Seminar in hopes of easing the transportation obligations of each student.
Notify the EDUC 500/935 Coordinator immediately. It is possible that a placement might be available in another section that works with your new schedule. If a new placement is not readily available, you may put your name on the waitlist in hopes that a new placement will open up at a later date. Otherwise, you will need to take EDUC 500/935 during another semester.
Notify the EDUC 500/935 Coordinator immediately. We will do our best to accommodate you, but if a satisfactory placement is not available or does not become available, you may have to settle for your original placement or drop the course and reapply another semester.
This is an appropriate outcome for Exploring Teaching. A first step is to discuss your feelings with your UNH Seminar Professor. You can still finish the course as an educational experience. Deciding not to become a teacher is not related to passing the course; in fact, this very decision is one of the major goals of the course. The final paper can be used to describe how you came to the decision and why teaching is not the career for you.
There is no letter grade assigned for EDUC 500/935. Satisfactory completion of the course requirements will result in a grade of "credit." Unsatisfactory work will result in a grade of "fail." Please remember that satisfactory completion of EDUC 500/935 is a prerequisite for further study in the Teacher Education Program, and that both the Cooperating Teacher Evaluation and the UNH Seminar Professor evaluation will be seriously considered if you decide to apply to the graduate program.
Yes, you can take other 700/800 level courses concurrent with EDUC 500/935, but you must be at least a junior in order to be eligible for these courses. One of the main goals of EDUC 500/935 is to allow you to determine if you want to go into teaching as a career.
If you are actively involved on campus, it may take extra planning to schedule EDUC 500/935. If you are involved in a Fall sport, for example, you should apply for a Spring placement. If you are an athlete, and are consciously trying to work your schedule around your athletic commitment, please note what sport you play on your application and how this affects your placement. Other activities may limit what days you are available for Seminar. Please consider this information before applying so you do not have to go through the process of changing sections due to a conflict. If conflicts are unavoidable, you will need to take EDUC 500/935 another semester.
You must apply for permission for the course via the online application. Placements will be made shortly after the application deadline, and you will receive an email either offering you a placement or indicating that you have been waitlisted. If you have been offered a spot, you will then need to confirm your acceptance according to the instructions in the email. We will submit your name to the UNH Department of Education Academic Advisor, Cindy Glidden. Cindy will register you for EDUC 500/935 – you will not have to register this course yourself.
If you are not offered a placement, you will be put on the waitlist and the EDUC 500/935 Coordinator will continue to look for a suitable placement for you. If a placement becomes available, you will be contacted. If we cannot find a placement for you, you will receive an email at the end of the add/drop period, and you may then request for priority to be placed for the following semester.
Email, call, or visit the EDUC 500/935 Coordinator. If you are trying to contact the Coordinator and it is during a University vacation, you may need to contact the Program Assistant for Field Experience, Shannan Douglas.
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