Mentoring Teachers (Graduate Certificate)

Mentoring Teachers (Graduate Certificate)

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The Teacher Education Program works with approximately 150 “cooperating teachers” and more than 25 supervisors each year in its full­-year internship program. Mentoring is a crucial element in the preparation of effective teachers, as well as in the transition from teacher preparation programs to the first years of teaching. The N.H. Department of Education has also recognized the need for mentoring early-­career public school teachers in its “Induction Through Mentoring Projects.” The UNH Department of Education proposes to offer a graduate certificate program in mentoring teachers to help advance the preparation of professionals in the field.

This certificate is designed to serve:

  • Experience teachers interested in the mentoring and the professional development of new teachers.
  • Experience teachers interested in preparing for leadership positions that require mentoring skills.
  • Experience teachers interested in exploring a graduate program in education by first earning a graduate certificate.


Please visit the Graduate School website for detailed instructions about applying to the certificate program.


Department of Education
Morrill Hall
University of New Hampshire
62 College Road
Durham, NH 03824

Phone: (603) 862-2310
Fax: (603) 862-2174


Curriculum & Requirements

The program of study required for the certificate consists of four required courses and a total of 16 credit hours. The program focuses on the development of mentoring skills that draw upon:

  1. models of adult development;
  2. approaches to effective teaching;
  3. an understanding of teacher supervision and assessment; and
  4. strategies for problem solving, conflict resolution, and communication.
EDUC 957Collaborative Models of Teaching, Learning, and Leading4
or EDUC 965 Educational Supervision and Evaluation
EDUC 958Analysis of Teaching and Learning4
EDUC #990Developmental Perspectives on Adulthood4
EDUC 897Special Topics in Education (note: course number will change in 05-06) 14
Total Credits16


Deadlines: Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission:

  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: Dec. 1
  • Summer: April 1
  • Special: N/A

Application fee: $25

Campus: Durham

New England Regional: No

Accelerated Masters Eligible: No

New Hampshire Residents

Students claiming in-state residency must also submit a Proof of Residence form. This form is not required to complete your application, but you will need to submit it after you are offered admission or you will not be able to register for classes.


If you attended UNH after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester and UNH Non-Degree work. 

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must request one official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. International transcripts must be translated into English. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:

  • Electronic Transcripts: Please have your institution send the transcript directly to Please note that we can only accept copies sent directly from the institution.
  • Paper Transcripts: Please send hard copies of transcripts to: UNH Graduate School, Thompson Hall- 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824. You may request transcripts be sent to us directly from the institution or you may send them yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.

Letters of Recommendation: 2 Required

Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted.

Personal Statement/Essay Questions

Prepare a brief but careful statement regarding:

  1. Reasons you wish to do graduate work in this field, including your immediate and long-range objectives,
  2. Your specific research or professional interest and experiences in this field.

Important Notes

All applicants are encouraged to contact programs directly to discuss program specific application questions.

International Applicants

Prospective international students are strongly encouraged to complete our international pre-application process and are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent examination scores. Please note that English Language Exams may be waived if English is your first language. If you wish to request a waiver, then please visit our Test Scores webpage for more information.

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