Plymouth State University

Introduction

Plymouth State University is a regional comprehensive university offering a rich, student-focused learning environment with an enrollment of approximately 4,300 undergraduate and approximately 3,000 graduate students. The 170-acre campus offers a New England classic look combined with up-to-date facilities including the Lamson Library and Learning Commons; the Boyd Science Center; Langdon Woods, a LEED certified, environmentally conscious residence hall; and PSU’s newest addition, a Welcome Center and Ice Arena.

Founded in 1871 as a teacher training school, Plymouth State University is part of the University System of New Hampshire and accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Located in central New Hampshire at the gateway to the White Mountains and the Lakes Region in the quaint town of Plymouth, PSU is within minutes of ski resorts, lakes, and parks and only two hours from Boston.

PSU Facts

History

  • Founded in 1871 as a teacher training school
  • A part of the University System of New Hampshire
  • Graduate programs began in 1948

Student Profile

  • 4,105 undergraduate students
  • 2,088 male students
  • 2,017 female students
  • 1,346 First Year students
  • 20 average student age
  • 2,130 graduate students

Faculty Profile

  • 193 professors and instructors
  • 84% hold a doctorate or terminal degree in their field
  • 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio (includes UG & GR)

Campus Profile

  • Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • 52 undergraduate majors and 60+ undergraduate minors
  • more than 75 graduate degree and certification programs in the arts, sciences, business, and education. Degree programs include the Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Business Administration, Master of Education, Master of Science, Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies, and Doctor of Education
  • 21 average undergraduate class size
  • 345,000+ volumes in our library
  • 80+ student clubs and organizations
  • NCAA Division III — 24 athletic teams
  • School Colors: Green and White
  • School Mascot: Panthers
  • 170 acres and 47 buildings

History

Plymouth State University evolved from Holmes Plymouth Academy, which dates back to 1808 as a pioneer institution for teacher training. As early as 1836, the Reverend Charles Brooks lectured before the legislature of New Hampshire and throughout the state on the subject of normal schools. An “act for the establishment and management of a state normal school for the better training of teachers” was passed in 1870.

The board of trustees located the New Hampshire State Normal School in Plymouth in 1871; the town of Plymouth had offered the Holmes Plymouth Academy and other support to the new school. In 1874, at least 20 years before the system was attempted in any other normal school in the country, the grade and high schools of Plymouth had been organized as training schools under the supervision of the normal school. A new school building (Rounds Hall) and a new dormitory were built in 1890.

In 1911, Dr. Ernest L. Silver, with experience as a superintendent of schools and as principal of Pinkerton Academy, began a 35-year administration of the school, which saw the school grow to maturity, both professionally and physically. Poet laureate Robert Frost, who taught in Rounds Hall and lived on campus from 1911 through 1912, wrote of Dr. Silver on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the institution and the 35th year of Dr. Silver’s presidency in 1946: “We all owe Mr. Silver a debt of gratitude for the large and liberal way he encouraged our individualities both as teachers and students under him. I went to Plymouth with him when he began his presidency and I have kept up friendly interest in the whole 35 years of his unusually long administration. It warms the heart with reassurance to look on at anything that persists so successfully in this world of broken pieces.”

In 1927, the American Council of Teacher Colleges evaluated Plymouth Normal School and rated it a Grade A teachers college—a rating it has held ever since. In 1939, New Hampshire’s state legislature officially recognized the increased stature of the institution by changing its designation to Plymouth Teachers College and, in 1963, to Plymouth State College of the University System of New Hampshire. In 1948, the College offered its first graduate degrees. In 2003, the state legislature changed the institution’s name to Plymouth State University in recognition of the range and depth of its programming.

Today, Plymouth State University is a regional comprehensive university offering a rich, student-focused learning environment for undergraduate, graduate, and non-traditional students. PSU offers 50 undergraduate majors and 70 minors. In addition to outstanding programs in education, business, humanities, arts, and the natural and social sciences; centers and institutes for meteorology, the environment, New Hampshire studies, and rural partnerships are hallmark outreach programs.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

This school also offers:

MSc

Master in Athletic Training

Campus September 2018 USA Plymouth

From pre-game taping to practice and game medical coverage to injury assessment and rehabilitation, Plymouth State University’s Master of Science (MS) degree programs in athletic training will prepare you for success on and off the field. Working closely with faculty members who are experienced and respected professionals in athletic training, students like you will have opportunities to excel. If your goal is to become a BOC certified athletic trainer or expand your education as a certified athletic trainer, Plymouth State’s Professional or Post-professional programs in athletic training will help you get there. [+]

From pre-game taping to practice and game medical coverage to injury assessment and rehabilitation, Plymouth State University’s Master of Science (MS) degree programs in athletic training will prepare you for success on and off the field. Working closely with faculty members who are experienced and respected professionals in athletic training, students like you will have opportunities to excel. If your goal is to become a BOC certified athletic trainer or expand your education as a certified athletic trainer, Plymouth State’s Professional or Post-professional programs in athletic training will help you get there.

Choose from one of two athletic training programs:

Professional Program (for those seeking to become a Certified Athletic Trainer) or Post-Professional Program in Higher Education (for Certified Athletic Trainers wishing to advance their knowledge and seek a career in Higher Education) Why choose Plymouth State for your master’s degree in athletic training? Immediate hands-on experience working with student-athletes, health care professionals, and faculty who are leaders in the field. On-site athletic training experiences at various clinical education sites, including Plymouth State University athletics, Holderness School, New Hampton School, Tilton School, and Plymouth Regional High School. Small class sizes. With approximately twelve graduate students per class in the Professional Program, you’ll get the one-on-one interaction with faculty that larger athletic training programs often can’t offer. Graduate assistantships are available to students enrolled in the Post-Professional in Higher Education program. PSU is located in the foothills of the White Mountains and in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. Hiking, skiing,... [-]

Master in Environmental Science & Policy

Campus September 2018 USA Plymouth

The Master in Environmental Science and Policy is designed to expand students’ understanding of the natural, social and physical dimensions of environmental issues. Students work with faculty members in areas such as forest ecosystems, hydrology, climate change, environmental economics, and land use planning to learn about the relationship between science and policy. [+]

The Master in Environmental Science and Policy is designed to expand students’ understanding of the natural, social and physical dimensions of environmental issues. Students work with faculty members in areas such as forest ecosystems, hydrology, climate change, environmental economics, and land use planning to learn about the relationship between science and policy.

Our multidisciplinary approach helps students develop the ability to think analytically and creatively about environmental issues in order to understand the scientific basis of environmental problems, as well as the social, political and economic factors that shape appropriate management and policy responses.

The program is intended to be flexible to meet the varied needs of individual students. Although most students are full time, our program is designed to accommodate part-time students and students interested in taking courses for professional development. Up to 12 credits can be taken without matriculating in the program. Depending on availability, full-time graduate students may be eligible to receive graduate assistantships, which include a stipend and tuition benefits. Contact the program coordinator for more information about funding opportunities.... [-]


Master

Master of Educational Leadership

Campus September 2018 USA Plymouth

The MEd in Educational Leadership prepares candidates for a variety of leadership roles (e.g. teacher leader, department chair, principal) at the elementary, middle, and secondary levels in both public and private school settings. The program provides educators with the knowledge, skills, and understanding they need to successfully practice effective leadership in their learning organizations. [+]

The MEd in Educational Leadership prepares candidates for a variety of leadership roles (e.g. teacher leader, department chair, principal) at the elementary, middle, and secondary levels in both public and private school settings. The program provides educators with the knowledge, skills, and understanding they need to successfully practice effective leadership in their learning organizations.Courses of study are based on the realization that specific methods of shaping and operating educational organizations change, but sound theory related to management, decision making, human relations, and participatory leadership remains constant.

In general terms, the program provides candidates with an expanded awareness of the roles of school leaders; an ability to identify and prioritize steps that lead an educational institution toward continuous improvement; a wide variety of approaches to school leadership that reflect flexibility in methodology and outlook; opportunities to learn from, and share ideas with, colleagues and other practitioners; opportunities to build leadership experience; knowledge of current research concerning school reform and innovation; and support in developing the self-confidence necessary for providing leadership to others.... [-]


Master of School Counseling

Campus September 2018 USA Plymouth

The MEd in School Counseling is designed to prepare students to function as K–12 Certified Professional School Counselors. This program is approved by the New Hampshire Department of Education and leads to New Hampshire certification in school (guidance) counseling. PSU’s school counseling program is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). It is the only school counseling program in New Hampshire to hold this prestigious accreditation. Students should note that there are significant post-degree requirements to undertake prior to being licensed. [+]

The MEd in School Counseling is designed to prepare students to function as K–12 Certified Professional School Counselors. This program is approved by the New Hampshire Department of Education and leads to New Hampshire certification in school (guidance) counseling. PSU’s school counseling program is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). It is the only school counseling program in New Hampshire to hold this prestigious accreditation. Students should note that there are significant post-degree requirements to undertake prior to being licensed.

School Counseling Program Outcome Report Key-Findings-from-2016-2017-Data-Review ... [-]

Master of Special Education

Campus September 2018 USA Plymouth

Plymouth State’s General Special Education certification programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and aligned with the National Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Standards. [+]

Plymouth State’s General Special Education certification programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and aligned with the National Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Standards.

Coursework in special education address competencies in such areas as classroom management, a survey of exceptionalities, human development, foundations, assessment, and teaching strategies. Our experienced faculty will address issues such as development and characteristics of learners, learning differences, instructional strategies, special education law, and language.

Degree Options

Students may choose from the following options:

MEd in Special Education, K-12 General Special Education Certification MEd in Special Education, K-12 General Special Education Certification - One Year Intensive MEd in Special Education (non-certification) MEd in Special Education, K-12 Learning Disabilities Certification MEd in Special Education, K-12 Administrator Certification Admission Requirements ... [-]

Master of TESOL

Campus Full time September 2018 USA Plymouth

The Master of Education (MEd) in Language Education program brings students up to date on the latest practices, programs, and changes in education laws. [+]

The Master of Education (MEd) in Language Education program brings students up to date on the latest practices, programs, and changes in education laws.

There is a growing need within New Hampshire and throughout the country for trained language teachers. The New Hampshire Department of Education lists TESOL as a critical shortage area.

The program offers the following concentrations:

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Education, K-12 Certification Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Education (non-certification) TESOL Education K-12 Certification

The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Education K-12 Certification concentration prepares students to teach English language learners of all ages and abilities in the United States and overseas. Students who complete the program meet the requirements for the New Hampshire Department of Education license to teach K-12 English language learners.... [-]


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Plymouth State University

Address 17 High Street
Plymouth, New Hampshire, USA
Website http://www.plymouth.edu/
Phone +1 603-535-5000