North Country Teacher Certification Program

About the Program

The North Country Teacher Certification Program (NCTCP) is a progressive collaboration between Plymouth State University and White Mountains Community College (WMCC) designed to provide opportunities for higher education to place-bound students in New Hampshire’s North Country. The goal of the NCTCP is to provide students with an opportunity to fulfill their lifelong dream of becoming an elementary school teacher. Students can earn a bachelor’s degree and K-8 teacher certification upon graduation from the program. Launched in the fall of 2005, the program runs on a two-year cycle with three semesters of course work and one semester of student teaching. The cohort of students take their Plymouth State University courses together at White Mountains Community College in Berlin. Classes, taught by Plymouth State University faculty, are offered face to face, online, and in a hybrid format, designed to accommodate students who work and/or have family responsibilities. In addition, students may also receive a generous stipend during student teaching from the Neil and Louise Tillotson Foundation.

NCTCP alumni are now teaching in schools throughout Northern New Hampshire. These schools include: Brown Elementary School and  Hillside Elementary School in Berlin, Lancaster Elementary School, Groveton Elementary School, and Groveton Middle School.  Here’s an article that highlights the successes of some our alumni.

Who can apply?

1. Students who have completed the two-year Teacher Prep Program at White Mountains Community College (WMCC) may apply to the NCTCP.  Alternatively, candidates can apply if they have successfully completed courses from other institutions that meet transfer requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education.

2. Students may apply if they have passing scores on all sections of Praxis I.

3. Students may apply if they have Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher.