Find out how to become a teacher in NH at an Info Session this Spring!

Posted by Granite State College on Jan 25, 2016 3:31:32 PM

Nelson Mandela Quote - How to become a teacher in NH
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."

This Nelson Mandela quote is widely shared by teachers, often as a poster in their classroom or a quote they share personally on Facebook. When you think about this passage and the impact that you can have by choosing a career as an educator, it's inspiring.

It's no wonder that we see so many GSC students drawn to this profession and it's consistently one of our top areas of study!

There are many students who have always known that they were meant to teach, as well as others who make a career change to education after working in a different field.

Paula came to GSC after working in science labs - she had always regretted not pursuing a career as a teacher. She found a GSC Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification and used it to help guide her career transition.

For Heather, it was important for her to be there for her kids as a stay at home mother, putting her dream of becoming a teacher on the back burner. When it was time to finish her degree she was apprehensive at first. After helping her son complete his college applications, she was unsure of how to approach the process as an adult student.

Kayt had a serious illness in high school and began college a few years after her peers. GSC not only offered the education program she wanted to study, but the flexible options let her manage her illness and balance her coursework.

No matter what sparks your interest in teaching, a solid college education is key and there are several ways that you can gain these qualifications.

The School of Education is hitting the road this Spring with 18 Information Sessions at NINE LOCATIONS in New Hampshire.

If you want to know how to become a teacher in NH, these sessions will help you get on the right track!

  • Jan. 7th - Portsmouth, 3:30 - 5 p.m.
  • Apr. 7th - Portsmouth, 3:30 - 5 p.m.
  • Jan. 14th - Nashua Community College, 3:30 - 5 p.m.
  • Apr. 14th - Nashua Community College, 3:30 - 5 p.m.
  • Jan. 21st - Conway, 3:30 - 5 p.m.
  • Apr. 14th - Conway, 3:30 - 5 p.m.
  • Jan. 28th - Mancheser, 3:30 - 5 p.m.
  • Apr. 28th - Mancheser, 3:30 - 5 p.m.
  • Feb. 4th - Rochester, 3:30 - 5 p.m.
  • May 5th - Rochester, 3:30 - 5 p.m.
  • Feb. 11th - Claremont, 3:30 - 5 p.m.
  • May. 19th - Claremont, 3:30 - 5 p.m.
  • Feb. 18th - Littleton, 3:30 - 5 p.m.
  • May 26th - Littleton, 3:30 - 5 p.m.
  • Feb. 22nd - Lebanon, 3:30 - 5 p.m.
  • May 23rd - Lebanon, 3:30 - 5 p.m.
  • Feb 16th - Concord, 3:30 - 5 p.m.
  • June 1st - Concord, 3:30 - 5 p.m.

Email to RSVP or inquire below to begin a conversation to learn more about our programs!

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Finish college quicker with our 6-week courses

Posted by Granite State College on Jan 14, 2016 11:00:00 AM

It's a classic struggle... 
Do I take one course next term so I don't get too overwhelmed?   or
Do I take multiple courses so I can finish my degree ASAP?

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Taking courses one at a time helps a lot of busy, working students find great work/life balance. When you're investing a lot in your education, you want to do well. Why overextend yourself and risk falling short?

There is a downside to this approach, and it's an important one.

When you take one course per term, finishing college can take a long time. If you up your course load, you can cut multiple semesters off the time frame that it would've taken you to complete your degree program one class at a time. This is less time in college and less opportunity for you to incur additional student loan debt, offering you a compelling win-win scenario.

Taking two classes per term can be challenging, but it's absolutely necessary if you have an ambitious time line for finishing your degree.

In this course load struggle, there is a happy compromise: 6-week courses.

What is a 6-week course?
These class run during the regular 12-week semester. However, this option allows you to take two courses one at a time, back-to-back in 6-week spans, and within the regular Spring term.

What are the benefits?
Instead of balancing two classes with different week-to-week expectations, you can put all of your attention into just one course at a time. Applying your full-focus into just one course can help you in several ways:

Staying organized
Have you ever mixed up the course requirements when taking multiple courses… Maybe one instructor wants you to post to Moodle twice a week, and the other requires three posts? We're human. We make mistakes, but boy does it make you feel small when you've made a mix up! One benefit of the 6-week courses is that there’s just one syllabus for you to consult. It minimizes the risk for confusing your requirements and allows you stay organized.

Staying engaged
No matter what, college is a huge investment. You want the opportunity to connect with the subject matter on a deeper level and get the most out of your learning experience. That’s why you’re here.

When you enroll in two 6-week courses, you gain the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the course topic. You can take your learning to a whole new level!

Where can I find a listing of these six week courses?
They're in our course schedules. When you're reviewing the course listings, the dates column notes each of the 6-week courses.

Download our Course Schedule to see what courses are being offered this term.

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Tags: Register for classes, Online classes, Finding balance

Masters in Project Management earns GAC accreditation

Posted by Granite State College on Jan 13, 2016 6:16:00 PM

It’s clear that we offer a stand-out masters in Project Management program by the impassioned and professional projects that our students put together. Now we have even more proof!

Project Management ClassroomIt is with great pride that the Office of Graduate Studies announces that our Master of Science in Project Management has been awarded the GAC accreditation from the Project Management Institute (PMI).

What is GAC accreditation?
First, it’s important to understand that as an institution is regionally accredited by New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The GAC accreditation is a specialized accreditation specifically for project management degree programs.

The primary objective of the GAC accreditation process is to ensure that GAC accredited academic programs prepare students to meet the current and anticipated workforce needs for qualified professionals working in the field of project management. 

Why is GAC accreditation important?
A qualitative research study of 17 schools, commissioned for the GAC and completed by SIS International Research in 2010, found that by gaining GAC accreditation, programs ensure classroom content is in line with today’s business environment.  This gives graduates a head start on advancing their careers!

What did the College have to do to earn its GAC accreditation status?
We went through a thorough application and review process by the PMI Global Accreditation Center representatives. By granting us accreditation, PMI recognized that our program “demonstrates a commitment to academic quality and excellence, meets global accreditation standards and prepares students to enter the workforce.”

What is PMI?
PMI is one of the world's largest not-for-profit membership association for the project management profession. Their professional resources and research empower more than 700,000 members, credential holders, and volunteers in nearly every country in the world to enhance their careers, improve their organizations' success, and further mature the profession.

Please join us in congratulating the staff, faculty, students, and alumni who helped to make this important goal of the masters in project management program a reality in 2015.

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Granite State Alum Appointed to University System's Board of Trustees

Posted by Granite State College on Dec 30, 2015 5:59:27 PM

It’s a great day for our student and alumni community—Granite State College has its first ever Alumni Trustee on the University System of New Hampshire’s Board of Trustees.

Chris Pope - Granite State College Class of 2004

Why this is so important?
On paper, this may seem like an ordinary leadership position, but it holds incredible promise for our community.

The University System of New Hampshire (USNH) represents the State’s four public colleges: UNH, Plymouth State, Keene State, and Granite State. About 25% of the Board positions are designated for alumni of the four colleges—Granite State College has had no alumni representation up until now.

We are grateful and fortunate to have incredible support from the Board of Trustees, and gaining representation directly from our alumni community will help ensure that the needs of our community are always covered.

What doors will this open for Granite State College?
With this important representation, our alumni-member of the Trustees can help advocate for opportunities that benefit working adult students, online higher education, and our other unique values.

Who is our first Alumni Trustee?
We are excited to share that our first Alumni Trustee is Christopher M. Pope!

Chris earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Administration in 2004, graduating summa cum laude. Like many of our students, he arrived with rich career experience. Chris held a progression of roles in the Concord Fire Department, including Battalion Commander, Division Chief, and Chief. This experience gave him perspective that he could use in his studies and his degree offered concepts and skills that he could apply on the job.

In 2006, Pope became New Hampshire’s Director for the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and as Homeland Security Advisor to Governor John Lynch from 2006 to 2013.

We honored Chris with an award at the 2012 Commencement Ceremony for his outstanding contributions to the people of New Hampshire. In addition, Chris has as both an adjunct faculty member for student capstone projects and as a member of GSC’s President’s Advisory Board.

Chris Pope with former Governor LunchWhat else can you share about Chris Pope?
Through his service and work in New Hampshire, Chris has earned the esteem and respect of many important leaders.

“Because of his experience, he has a tremendous knowledge of the state and of state government.  His appointment to the Board of Trustees will be good not only for Granite State College but also for the University System,” shared Former Governor John Lynch.

President Mark Rubinstein agrees: “I am grateful to Chris for his willingness to serve, believing as Governor Lynch stated, that his appointment will be good for the College and good for the University System.”


Please join us in welcoming Christopher M. Pope, ’04, home to Granite State College.


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Sharing the Spirit of Giving with our on campus and online student communities

Posted by Granite State College on Dec 24, 2015 3:00:00 PM


During the holiday season, one tradition that can be embraced by the masses is celebrating the spirit of giving.

What does Spirit of Giving mean to Granite State College?

For us, the spirit of giving is taking time to reflect on what makes life so sweet and giving back accordingly.

When we reflect on our purpose as a college, we think about the communities where we have campus locations. We think about the communities where an online student may reside. Most of all, we think about our determination to have a positive social impact in these communities.

How will Granite State celebrate this tradition this year?

During the month of January, our campuses will offer New Hampshire public school teachers bundles of mittens to help keep elementary school children warm this winter.

We are fortunate to have such supportive students, alumni, faculty, and friends across New Hampshire, so it’s our pleasure to help give back in a manner that helps benefit the kids, families, and teachers in these communities.

How to join this celebration:

Share! Share this initiative with your friends and family who work in our public schools. We want to ensure that each and every pair is distributed.

Contact information for our campuses is below. Our doors are open—we look forward to seeing you in 2016!

27 Pleasant Street
Phone: 603-542-3841
MillWest Building, Third Floor, 195 McGregor Street
Phone: 603-626-7714
25 Hall Street
Phone: 603-513-1398
51 International Drive
Phone: 603-334-6061
53 Technology Lane, Suite 150
Phone: 603-447-3970
35-E Industrial Way
Phone: 603-332-8335
39 Main Street
Phone: 603-444-6319

Helping servicemembers transition from military to college

Posted by Granite State College on Dec 17, 2015 5:11:23 PM
Did you know that more than 10% of our student body is made up of members of the National Guard?

Earlier this week, the National Guard celebrated its 379th birthday and it inspired us to reflect on this importance of serving this population of students, and all servicemembers.

Logo - Top Colleges & Universities, Military Advanced Education & Transition What makes Granite State such a great fit for servicemembers and veterans who transition from military to college?

Overall, a “great fit” is found through a combination of understanding military culture, financial aid, flexibility, general support, on-campus support, and online support services, according to the experts at Military Advanced Education & Transition, the journal of higher education for servicemembers and veterans.

Within these guidelines, we offer three distinct advantages that servicemembers appreciate: credit for military training, online degree programs that are approved for veterans' GI Bill benefits, and affordable tuition.

Describe Granite State’s Military Culture?

Part of offering a rich military culture is participating in partnerships that help make servicemembers college search more straightforward, awarding credit for military training and experience, and having support resources in place.

To help foster this culture, we participate in the Department of Defense Voluntary Education Partnership (DoDMOU). This helps formalize the commitment we make to our military and veteran students and provides quality educational services as outlined in the MOU and the President’s Principles of Excellence program.

Another component of having a good military culture is understanding the realities that servicemembers face, that tradition students may not encounter. For example, many servicemembers deploy frequently, which can make it difficult to complete a degree. Our flexible Military Deployment policy allows military students with deployment orders to either withdraw from class with no penalties or to work with their instructor to complete the class within 90 days of return from the deployment.

Having staff dedicated to servicemembers is another important way GSC supports a strong military culture. Many of our staff and faculty have served or have family members who have and continue to serve. We have staff members dedicated to the needs of our servicemembers who assist our faculty and staff on best practices for supporting military/veteran students.

What other advantages does Granite State offer to servicemembers?

We are proud to support the National Guard Waiver. We also participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which makes GSC more affordable for out-of-state servicemembers our in-state tuition.


We are proud to offer high quality at a great value. Military Advanced Education & Transition has once again awarded Granite State College the designation of a Top School in its 2016 Guide to Colleges and Universities, which measures the best practices in military and veteran education!


If you're a servicemember interested in transitioning to college, download our Veterans Education Benefits Checklist to help streamline your search process.


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Gift Giving and Getting Guide for online students

Posted by Granite State College on Dec 10, 2015 6:40:25 PM

The busy holiday season is currently in swing. Now that you are finished with your Fall semester finals, you have an idea of what gifts would help set you up for success during Winter term. You also have time to think about those on your holiday shopping list.

Gifts for your list:

USB flash drive: This makes a great gift because whe you have a dedicated flash-drive for schoolwork, it's easier to locate class files.

A tablet: Tablets help reading eTextbooks and PDF handouts for your class. Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy, Amazon Fire Kindle, and Microsoft Surface Pro are the most popular.snowman.jpg

Indoor plants: Aloe, ivy, jade, and ficus are easy indoor plants that you can brighten your workspace during your homework sessions. Good luck wrapping (or unwrapping) this gift.

Headphones that cancel background noise: Noise canceling headphones are great for online students. They help you focus when your family when your family watching TV or playing games.

Wireless printer: The less cords coming out of your tablet or laptop the better.

Campfire solid mug: If coffee, tea, or cocoa are your go-to study fuel, this is the gift for you!

Diploma frame: This solid, hardwood frame will hold your diploma once you have completed your degree! It features a dark blue and gold mat with an emblazoned gold GSC logo.

Gifts to give
As a hardworking student, your loved ones are undoubtedly proud of you! Share the GSC love with those who support you the most with some GSC swag!

Acrylic tumbler: Our tumblers are made of heavy-duty, BPA-free acrylic with Granite State College printed on the front.

DryBlend performance sweatshirt stadium blanket: This fleece blanket is a favorite among the GSC family and it's available in gray or

Ultra cotton hoodie: Another favorite among staff and faculty, the hoodie is available in both ash or navy.

Youth GSC T-Shirt: Available in eleven colors, the youth GSC shirt is a great gift to give to your children, nieces or nephews, grand kids, etc. If you are shopping for someone 50 or over, consider buying them an OLLI membership. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Granite State College is a volunteer-run membership organization with an open invitation for those 50 and over to enjoy learning for the fun of it. Members receive OLLI newsletters, invitations to special events and outings, and access to an entire catalog of fun programs at their local OLLI site.

Enjoy your time in between semesters and have a happy holiday season. We look forward to having you back in the New Year!


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New master's degree! Introducing the MS in School Leadership

Posted by Granite State College on Dec 3, 2015 2:13:22 PM

Photo: Teacher with young students
We are thrilled to introduce the latest additions to our graduate programs, the Master of Science in School Leadership.

This degree has three focus areas: Instruction and Leadership, Library Media Specialist, and School Principal.

At the core of these programs is the belief that strong leadership is essential to transforming our schools. In a 21st-century environment, successful school leadership will largely depend on the vision of principals, excellent instruction in the classroom, and access to technology.

The three focus areas of the M.S. in School Leadership will support each of these components, helping to support the evolving needs of our schools.

The student population in this program will include a mix of current and future school principals and library media specialists, as well as experienced teachers focused on instructional leadership. As you engage in your coursework, you’ll find value in your shared commitment to meeting the needs of 21st century learners.

Each program is competency-based and blends online learning with supervised clinical experiences. It consists of an administrative management component, four strands of study, and a capstone experience.

Most importantly, it’s affordable. The tuition cost for the majority of our M.S. in School Leadership degrees is under $20,000. Compared to other options in NH, this is an affordable and innovative master’s degree!

Dr. Mary Ford, our Dean for the School of Education, explained why these programs are so valuable:

With these programs, principals can emerge as instructional leaders among teachers with competencies and vision to transform the school community. Media Specialists and School Librarians can build their leadership platform to support the teaching and learning within the classroom (and online) with engaging digital content and research tools. Teachers can elevate the instructional quality in their schools and help students meet or exceed expected learning outcomes.

Here’s an overview of each program:

M.S. in School Leadership – Instruction and Leadership
Designed for classroom teachers who are interested in improving their effectiveness as a teacher and who want to be innovators, focused on the improved learning of their P-12 students.
Great for Post-Bacc Students & Alum!  This option "caps" 24 post-bacc instructional credits with 12 leadership credits to complete the degree program.

M.S. in School Leadership with Library Media Specialist Certification
Focuses on preparing library media specialist/school librarians as catalysts for school change and learning for the digital age

M.S. in School Leadership - School Principal Certification
Based on the foundational belief that School Principals are essential, integral, and transformational leaders


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Tags: Teacher certification, Leadership, Graduate studies

Why we're thankful: Six moments in 2015 that made us proud

Posted by Granite State College on Nov 25, 2015 2:27:51 PM



It's Thanksgiving! It’s a time for turkey, football, and family. It’s a time to think of all the wonderful things that make you so thankful all year round.

Here are just a few of our moments that remind us of why we’re proud of the GSC community and thankful to serve our students.


Our new Granite State College president

In April 2015, we welcomed Dr. Mark Rubinstein as the sixth president of Granite State College. Our students, alumni, and friends are having a tremendous influence on how he views higher education. If you haven't had the opportunity to meet Mark, here are the Top Five things you should know about our new President.


Strengthening our Community College connections

The math is simple: the most affordable associate degree + the most affordable bachelor’s degree = the most affordable degree (period). This is what you can achieve when you transfer from a NH community college to GSC. We’re thankful that we can build meaningful partnerships with community colleges so students can get a high quality and affordable education in New Hampshire.


Our veteran community

We were thrilled to be honored as a “Best Online Program for Veterans” by U.S. News and World Report. While recognition is wonderful, we’re proud of what it took to get there. From our participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program, to our partnership with American Corporate Partners that provides long-term career development for veterans, we’re thankful that we can offer veterans the resources and support they need.


Our teachers

An important goal of our School of Education programs is to provide education for every stage of a teacher’s career. The introduction of our new master’s degree programs help us do just that. Check out the new M.S. in School Leadership with focus areas in Instruction and Leadership, Library Media Specialist, and School Principal.


Our extended family

For many students, their journey at GSC has an impact on their entire family. Although they’re not enrolled at the College, the loved ones of our students (and the support they provide), play an enormous role. Nowhere is this more evident than on Commencement – relive the memories!


Giving you a quality education

Class after class, term after term, you’re putting a great deal of work into your education. It's important to us that you know that it's one of high quality. We once again topped U.S. News and World Report’sBest Online Degree Programs” list for both undergraduate and graduate degrees and our nursing program received its accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

What has made you thankful this year? Share your story below!

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Preparing for your next term taking online classes

Posted by Granite State College on Nov 19, 2015 4:53:38 PM

With finals a week away, you are starting to think about next term. If have been taking online courses, you already understand the in’s and out’s of what's expected of you.

As you prepare for you next term, here are four ways you can up your game as an online student.

Use a profile picture 

A profile picture personalizes your posts - it helps students feel like they are in a classroom talking to one of their classmates face-to-face. Think about how you want to be represented in your profile pictures. Do you want a family photo? One of you on vacation to make you seem laid back? Or maybe a professional headshot so your posts are taken more seriously? Your profile picture is up to you.

Post first and reply often

It’s natural for you to want to be recognized when you put a lot of thought into your posts. You worked hard - your work deserves at least one reply, right? It’s hard to standout in an online class. With other students posting on the same discussion boards about the same topic, you may feel lost in the sea of other students.Preparing for your next term taking online classes

In the discussion forum, try to post your ideas first. As you reply to your classmates’ responses to your post, you will develop your understanding of the coursework. It is proper online etiquette to respond to any question other students ask about what you have written. The discussion board is made for discussion- it is not a bulletin board where you post a written assignment. It is important to stay engaged with both the class and dialogue that is occurring.

Be polite and engaging

Use an engaging, specific subject line. This will help students get an idea what your post is about before they click to read your post. Make your posts engaging, too. Invite your classmates to answer questions you may have asked in your post. Instead of saying, “what does everyone else think?” be specific about what you are asking.

Also, stay positive in your posts. Don’t complain about the amount of reading you had to do for that week or how you hated recording a presentation for your class. School is hard work and can be frustrating but it’s important to stay positive and professional.

Make connections off topic and off-line

If you connect with another student’s writing in your class, email them privately and tell them. Or, if you feel like another student could use guidance, email them and offer to help. Connect with the other online students like you would in a face-to-face class.

You can also use a forum that is dedicated to off-topic subjects. Many online classes have these forums because professors want you to have the opportunity to make personal and professional connections in class. These forums may be called, “the virtual student lounge” and “online break room”.

We hope these four tips will make your online learning experience a great one next term.

Can you think of other ways online students can become more active in their classes? Leave us a comment and tell us.


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