The New Hampshire Teaching and Certification Resource

Becoming a certified teacher in New Hampshire is a great idea of anyone wanting to work in education. Every teacher that works in the NH public and private school system must have a New Hampshire teacher certification. There are several pathways that one can follow to obtain certification depending on education and experience. The NH Department of Education Division of Program Support, Bureau of Credentialing is the organization that is responsible for granting certification to prospective educators and the process is detailed below.

How to Become a Teacher in New Hampshire

In order to teach in the state of New Hampshire, individuals must first acquire a New Hampshire teacher certification by fulfilling the education and testing requirements. First and foremost, all New Hampshire educators must hold a bachelor’s degree, complete a New Hampshire teachers certification program and pass the required content and subject area examinations.

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Within the basic requirements listed above, there are currently five methods through which individuals may earn teacher certification. Alternative 1 is the traditional process of gaining licensure through a state-approved educational program, while Alternatives 2, 3, 4, and 5 offer varying options for educators with a license in other states or for individuals who have experience but have not completed traditional coursework.

For experienced teachers with out-of-state certifications, reciprocity in New Hampshire may be possible provided that applicants fulfill the remaining requirements. For more information on reciprocity and New Hampshire teacher certification renewal process, it’s recommended to consult the state’s Bureau of Credentialing.

Finding Approved Teacher Education Programs in New Hampshire

In order to obtain a New Hampshire teacher certificate, aspiring teachers must complete an approved New Hampshire teachers certification program. This program must be provided by an accredited institution.

There are six regional accreditation agencies that operate under the US Department of Education to accredit US schools. The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) is responsible for accrediting New Hampshire schools. Applicants evaluating teacher preparatory programs should confirm that their school of choice is in good standing with the NEASC.

For anyone considering distance programs, any school offering online teacher certification programs should also be accredited by one of the six regional accreditation organizations. Schools should be registered in their headquartered state (University of Arizona, for example.)

In addition to the mandatory regional accreditation, many states look for a national CAEP accreditation as well. The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparedness is a new name for the merger of TEAC and NCATE, two highly respected accreditation organizations. These two agencies merged in late 2013 to form CAEP, which will continue to apply the same rigorous standards to its accreditation process. Although a CAEP accreditation is not mandatory for New Hampshire approval, it is seen as a distinguished marker of high quality in terms of educator curriculum and process.

See our list of CAEP accredited schools in New Hampshire.

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New Hampshire Teacher Education Requirements

Candidates for initial teaching certification in New Hampshire typically complete the traditional course of licensure by completing an educator preparation program at an accredited educational institute. The program must be approved by the New Hampshire State Board of Education. In addition, once a student completes the required preparation program, he or she must be recommended by the Chairperson of the Education Department at his or her university.

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New Hampshire Teacher Outlook as of 2014
The Occupational Supply & Demand System projects 210 average annual job openings for elementary school teachers, 130 average annual job openings for middle school teachers, and 150 average annual job openings for secondary school teachers in New Hampshire through 2022. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there are 15,590 elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers in New Hampshire (2013). Elementary school teachers in New Hampshire earn an average annual salary of $53,990, middle school teachers an average annual salary of $53,470, and secondary school teachers an average annual salary of $56,390 (BLS 2013). For updates on education policy and the teaching job market visit the National Education Association – New Hampshire.

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New Hampshire Teacher Testing Requirements

New Hampshire State SealCandidates for New Hampshire teaching certification are also required to demonstrate their knowledge on assessments. This applies to certification issued through Alternatives 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5. For initial certification, individuals must demonstrate basic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics as well as subject-specific knowledge. The Praxis I Pre-Professional Skills Test fulfills the first requirement, while the Praxis II assessment evaluates the chosen content area. Alternative tests may also be accepted. Those who hold a master’s degree in the subject area or who have at least seven years of teaching experience in another state are exempt from these assessments. However, even those with a master’s degree must take the Praxis II for Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education.

Additional New Hampshire Teacher Certification Requirements

By state law, anyone applying for teaching certification in New Hampshire must submit fingerprints for a state and federal background check. Applicants should begin this process by applying for a fingerprinting card through the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) at the New Hampshire Department of Safety.

New Hampshire Teachers Licensing Application Process

Once all steps towards New Hampshire educator certification have been completed, applicants should submit all information to the state’s Bureau of Credentialing. The processing of documents can take up to three months so it’s recommended to send in all information with ample time before the school year/semester begins. Documents should include:

  1. Clearance of state and federal background check
  2. Official transcripts showing proof of bachelor’s degree
  3. Proof of teacher program completion at an accredited teacher preparation school
  4. Passing score on the required examinations
  5. Payment of non-refundable certification processing fee
  6. Completed application for teaching certification in New Hampshire

New Hampshire Department of Education
101 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301-3860

Visit the state’s Department of Education for further details on New Hampshire teacher certification.

New Hampshire Teacher Salary and Jobs

Type Number Employed Average Annual Salary
Preschool Teachers 2,470 $27,440
Kindergarten Teachers 520 $42,630
Elementary School Teachers 6,730 $53,340
Middle School Teachers 4,290 $52,390
Secondary School Teachers 5,090 $53,160

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2012.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Becoming a Teacher in New Hampshire

Question: What are the requirements to become a high school teacher in New Hampshire?

Answer: The requirements for becoming a high school teacher in New Hampshire include getting the credential for secondary education through the state. To be eligible for the credential, you must have a bachelor’s degree and have taken appropriate education courses. You must also pass the Praxis I and II tests and have participated in student teaching.

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1. New Hampshire State Department of Education: http://www.education.nh.gov/
2. US Department of Education: http://www2.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/accreditation_pg6.html
3. Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ak.htm#25-0000

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