Is teaching right for you? Are you right for teaching?
Education 500, Exploring Teaching (or Education 935 when taken at the graduate level), is a four-credit course for students considering a career in teaching. You will spend five hours each week (a total of 60 hours over the course of the semester) in the school to which you are assigned. You will also attend a two-hour, weekly seminar led by an Education Department faculty member. In Education 500, you have a chance to explore many facets of the institution that we call a school— teaching; working in small groups or one-on-one with students; learning about teacher responsibilities, school politics, school-community relations; and so on. Throughout the course you'll be asked to look at yourself and the profession candidly.
Successful completion of Education 500 is a prerequisite for enrollment in all other teacher education professional core courses. For undergraduates, the course is recommended for the sophomore year.
Education 500 is also offered at UNH Manchester. For more information about the Manchester course, please call 603-641-4163 or visit this web page.
Applicatiions will be available March 19, 2014
Application, PDF version. This version will allow you to fill out the form using your browser (or Acrobat Reader) then print it only. If you use this choice you will have to bring your completed application to Morrill Hall, room 107.
Application, Word version. The Word version will allow you to download this file as a Microsoft Word document which you can fill out and email as an attachment to the EDUC 500/935 Coordinator. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Questions About Education 500/935
Education 500 is the required course for undergraduates who wish to pursue: (a) the 5th-year Teacher Education master’s degree program in elementary or secondary education, or (b) the 4-year undergraduate options in music, mathematics, family studies (P-3), or physical education. Education 500 is a prerequisite for most teacher preparation courses at UNH. If you intend to minor in education, or want to be admitted to the 4- or 5-year teaching programs, then, yes, you should take Education 500.
In Education 500/935 there will be opportunities to explore school-related occupations outside the classroom, such as guidance counseling, athletic directing, English as a second language, and outdoor education. Education 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. The process requires you to:
1. Document a minimum of 75 hours of fieldwork.
2. Obtain at least two letters of reference using the Education 500 Teacher Evaluation Form.
3. Write 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, and so on).
4. Complete a petition form.
Petition forms are available in Morrill 203 (the main Education office) and in Morrill 206 (the Education 500/935 Coordinator’s office). Once the form is completed and submitted, it will be evaluated by the Director of Teacher Education. Please note that the waiver is not automatically granted upon completion of the process.
Although there is no hard and fast rule, we suggest the 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. Do not panic, however, if you decide later in your college career to explore teaching as a career option. Many students take Education 500 in their junior or senior year, while others enroll as graduate students (Education 935).
Also note that, because of the large number of applicants, you may not receive permission to take Education 500 the first time you apply. If possible, it is helpful to plan ahead when applying for permission to take Education 500.
That's quite all right. Maybe Education 500 will help you reach a decision. It helps us if you've done some thinking about possible majors and fields of interest ahead of time, as this way 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 Education Department believes that undergraduate students should major in an area that they plan to teach (for secondary teachers) 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 Education 500 plus 16 credits in the 700-705 series, or in other courses in the Education Department 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.
There are no course prerequisites for Education 500. You do, however, have to apply to take the course. We also 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. Finally, there are seminar readings and writing assignments that, on average, involve an additional 3-6 hours per week.
Each section of Education 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.
The seminars 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 the instructor 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 (http://www.unh.edu/registrar/timeroom/timeandroom.html) during the first week of class.
You can be placed in an elementary, middle, K-8, or high school. Starting in middle school, most schools divide their curriculum into subject areas, such as mathematics, English, biology, art, etc., so you will likely focus on one discipline if you are placed at the middle or high school level. Rank your grade-level and subject interest on the Education 500 application.
Durham students interested in completing their EDUC 500 course in a diverse urban school can do so in Manchester. For more information on EDUC 500 in Manchester, contact Judy Sharkey (email@example.com).
This varies from student to student. You will be assigned to an experienced teacher who has agreed to work with you. You will be observing and, eventually, you will teach small groups of students and/or the whole class.
This will depend on you, your teacher, and your seminar leader. 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 seminar leader 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 seminar one afternoon a week either in a local school or on campus. There will be about 15 students in each seminar. From time to time, teachers from the local schools will join your seminar or even lead it. Although each seminar leader runs his or her semester 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. The seminars will also try to provide information which will help you function more effectively in the schools. Your seminar is likely to 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! The application will ask you to rank the grade levels you would like to work with and to indicate your subject areas of interest.
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 bus access in the hopes that a carpool can be arranged. Education 500 instructors try to arrange carpools during the first seminar meeting in hopes of easing the transportation obligations of each student.
Let the Education 500 Coordinator know immediately. It is possible that a placement might be available in another section, which would work with your new schedule. If a new placement is not readily available, you may put your name on the waiting list in hopes that a new placement will open up at a later date.
Again, the process is the same. Let the Education 500 Coordinator know 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 class and apply again another semester.
This is an appropriate outcome for Exploring Teaching. A first step is to discuss your feelings with your seminar leader. 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 Education 500. Satisfactory completion of the course requirements will result in a grade of "credit." Unsatisfactory work will result in a grade of "fail." Remember, though, that satisfactory completion of Education 500 is a prerequisite for further study in the Teacher Education Program, and that both the Cooperating Teacher Evaluation and the UNH Faculty 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 Education 500, but you must be at least a junior in order to be eligible for these courses. One of the main goals of Education 500 is to allow you to determine if you do, indeed, want to go into teaching as a career.
If you are actively involved on campus, it may take extra planning to schedule Education 500. 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 Education 500 another semester.
You must apply for permission for the course and return the application to the Education 500 Coordinator. Application forms are available online as a downloadable PDF file or Word Document on this page.
Students can email the application as an attachment to the Coordinator, or print it out from home and drop it off in Morrill 206. 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 wait-listed. If you have been offered a spot, you will then need to confirm your acceptance according to the instructions in the email.
If you are not offered a placement, you will be put on the waitlist and the ED 500 Coordinator will continue to look for a suitable placement for you. If a placement becomes available, you will be contacted. You may also reapply 2 weeks before the start of the next semester if your schedule and/or transportation situation change. If we cannot find a placement for you, then we will send you another application to fill out for the following semester.
Come to Morrill 206 and speak with the Education 500 Coordinator or call 862-4501. If you are trying to contact the Coordinator and it is during a university vacation, you may need to contact the Director of Teacher Education, Tom Schram (Tom.Schram@unh.edu, or 862-2383).
Need more information? Contact Lisa Ciccotelli (Coordinator) in Morrill 107, call 862-4501.