Granite State College: University System of New Hampshire

Field Based Placement for Post-Baccalaureate Programs


One of the most unique and valuable traits of our PBTC programs is the field-based component.

Candidates need to be working or volunteering* in an approved school or program during most of their tenure in the program.

Those seeking initial teacher certification work as paraeducators, classroom aides, assistants, or Alternative 4 teachers within public or private schools and programs in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, or Vermont.

*Minimum volunteering requirement: 10 hours per week.



Teaching Experiences

Candidates for initial certification are required to document a minimum of 360 supervised teaching hours for one certification and a minimum of 440 supervised hours for two certifications.

Experiences in inclusive classrooms working with students in the grades or age ranges of your certification are a requirement of the program. For certifications that cover a broader range of grades or age ranges, candidates must spend a minimum of 10 hours working with each population.

  • Early Childhood Special Education / Early Childhood Education age ranges: 0-2, 3-4 and 5-8
  • Elementary Education grade levels: K-4 and 5-8
  • General Special Education and English for Speakers of Other Languages grade levels: K-4, 5-8 and 9-12

Example: A candidate is pursuing the General Special Education certification. He or she must complete a total of 360 supervised teaching hours. Their field-based placement is in a third grade classroom. The candidate spends the majority of his or her time with the 3rd graders; however, 10 supervised hours are spent with a middle school classroom and 10 hours in a high school classroom in order to meet the requirement of working in each age group.