Culminating Experiences in the School of Education

All degree programs offered through the School of Education include culminating experiences. Students enrolled in non-certification programs at the undergraduate level complete internships.  Students enrolled in non-certification programs at the graduate levels complete practica. Students enrolled in initial certification programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels complete student teaching.

Students required to complete an internship work with their advisor and the SNHU Career Development Center to establish learning goals and objectives, as well as a location for their internship.  The internship experience is supplemented by a weekly seminar. Our students have interned at local schools, early learning programs, community health agencies, state offices, and early intervention programs to name a few.

Graduate students engage in practica experiences to gain insight and experience as leaders in their field. Practica are tailored to student interest and profession and are often completed at the student’s current place of employment.

Students enrolled in a program leading to initial certification at the undergraduate and graduate levels are required to student teach. Students typically apply to student teach one year prior to placement in a school with a cooperating teacher. Students are required to attend a placement meeting at which they will be provided with the student teaching application and supporting documents as well as the requirements for acceptance into EDU 490/EDU 775. A committee reviews the application materials submitted by each candidate.  In addition to the minimum Grade Point Average requirement of 3.0 and evidence of having met all applicable Praxis requirements, the committee will evaluate evidence of the candidate’s performance regarding the knowledge, skills, and dispositions required by the NH Department of Education.  The committee will consider applications as well as any additional feedback provided by full and part-time faculty, advisors, field practitioners, or other parties who have relevant information to share about the candidate.  The student teaching experience is supplemented by a weekly seminar.

Related Forms

Application for Admission to the Teacher Certification Program (PDF - 47 kb)
Student Teaching Handbook 2009-2010 (PDF - 125 kb)
Teacher Candidate Disposition Assessment (PDF - 51 kb)