Mentoring Teachers (Graduate Certificate)

Mentoring Teachers (Graduate Certificate)

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Why get a graduate certificate in mentoring teachers?

The mentoring teachers certificate program is designed specifically to prepare you to mentor fellow teachers, whether new or experienced, and to provide leadership in educational institutions. You’ll learn to work with teachers, administrators, counselors, paraprofessionals and others to lead mentoring and professional development programs. You’ll study models of adult development; approaches to effective teaching; understanding teacher supervision and assessment; and strategies for problem solving, conflict resolution and communication.In addition to expanding your career opportunities, this program is an excellent way to explore graduate studies in education.

Why get your graduate certificate in mentoring teachers at UNH?

Our Department of Education works closely with teachers and education leaders and recognizes that mentoring is crucial to helping teachers’ effectiveness in the classroom. Our program includes a focus on the student transition from preparation programs to teaching, and is aligned with the N.H. Department of Education’s recognition of the need for mentoring early-career public school teachers.

Potential career areas

  • Guidance counseling
  • Professional development
  • School administration
  • Teaching


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

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


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Curriculum & Requirements

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.

The program of study required for the certificate consists of 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 990
EDUC 897Special Topics in Education 14


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.

Transcripts are required for any school you earned a degree from, attended for at least one year, or attended for 2 or more semesters. Exceptions to this rule may be approved at the discretion of the program you are applying to and the UNH Graduate School Admission’s office.

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

The University of New Hampshire recommends that international applicants who are living outside of the United States, and are planning on pursuing a research based degree, submit a preapplication form before submitting a full application. Your preapplication request will be carefully reviewed and a decision usually provided within 3 weeks. If your preapplication is approved then it is recommended you then submit a full application. If you are currently living in the United States (on a H1B visa, etc.), or you plan on pursuing a professional master’s degree, then you do not need to submit a preapplication.

Prospective international students are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent examination scores. 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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