New Hampshire Teacher Colleges and Degrees Online Guide

This guide to teaching schools in New Hampshire provides aspiring teachers with valuable information on choosing the right teacher preparation program. Fortunately, there are many colleges and universities that offer teaching degrees in New Hampshire. These programs are designed to prepare future teachers for a long career in the education sector. For useful information on the various school options in the state, take a look at our lists of top-rated teaching programs, table of accredited, state-approved teacher preparation programs, and student reviews. Whether you are a new student or looking to change your current career, this guide can assist you in finding the right program for your career needs.

Quick Facts

  • There are 20 colleges and universities with teacher degree programs in New Hampshire.1
  • 8 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in education.*1
  • 10 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in education.*1
  • 11 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in education.*1
  • No schools ranked in Kiplinger’s Best College Values 2019.2
  • No schools ranked in Princeton Review’s Great Schools for Education Majors 2020.3
  • 1 school ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Graduate Education Programs 2019.4
  • 1 school ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Online Graduate Education Programs 2019.5
  • 5 not-for-profit teacher programs are accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP.

*For not-for-profit colleges and universities with teacher degree programs.

Top-Ranked Schools with Education Programs in New Hampshire

US News & World Report’s Best Graduate Education Programs 2019

  • University of New Hampshire (#143 tie)

US News & World Report’s Best Online Graduate Education Programs 2019

  • University of New Hampshire (#180 tie)

School Programs for Becoming a Teacher in New Hampshire

Comparison of Teacher Preparation Programs

We have designed the following table to help you compare teacher preparation programs in New Hampshire according to various factors. All of the schools included are not-for-profit institutions approved by the New Hampshire Department of Education for the preparation of teachers. Completing a state-approved teacher preparation program is an important step towards earning licensure.

While accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is not a requirement for licensure, it is included in the following table as CAEP provides a highly-regarded accreditation that is accepted in many states. Read more about the CAEP, NCATE, and TEAC accrediting bodies. We have also included rankings from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), a research and policy group that scores teacher preparation programs at the national level using key standards chosen to measure students’ preparation for success in teaching. For further information on the NCTQ’s program rankings, please see the notes below the table.

You will also find data on teacher preparation program enrollment, completion, and licensing exam pass rates by institution for the 2017-2018 academic year in this table. These data points are collected from annual US Department of Education records under Title II (Teacher Quality) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which provides for reporting that holds institutions and state departments of education accountable for increasing academic achievement through improvements in teacher quality.

Programs that are not ranked, or for which data is not available, in a given category are denoted as “-“.

State-Approved SchoolCAEP Accred.?6NCTQ Undergrad Elementary Prog. % (2016)**7NCTQ Undergrad Secondary Prog. % (2017)**7Teacher Prep Prog. Enrollment8Teacher Prep Prog. Completers8Licensing Exams Pass Rate8Net Price***1
Antioch UniversityNo524188%
Franklin Pierce UniversityNo682085%$26,673
Granite State CollegeYes3825597%$12,905
Hellenic American UniversityNo
Keene State CollegeYes13%20%19010872%$19,494
New England CollegeNo781090%$27,465
New Hampshire Institute of ArtNo1$28,499
NHTI-Concord’s Community CollegeNo4912100%$16,048
Plymouth State UniversityYes37511981%$22,028
Rivier UniversityNo9%1624688%$21,453
Saint Anselm CollegeNo1312981%$31,492
Southern New Hampshire UniversityYes38%21011579%$39,638
University of New HampshireYes14614391%$22,888

*The NCTQ rated undergraduate elementary teaching programs in 2016 and undergraduate secondary teaching programs in 2017 by national percentile based on their overall scores on the NCTQ’s standards for teacher education. Schools that do not provide data on all key standards or that fall below the top 50% of schools nationally are not included by the NCTQ in their ratings. Visit the NCTQ website for more information on its standards and methodologies.
**Net price is per year for undergraduate tuition as calculated by the National Center for Education Statistics based on the cost of attendance (tuition, books, room and board, and related expenses) for students who qualify for in-state tuition and fees, less the average financial aid award (including grants and scholarships).

Profiles of Well-Known Schools

Antioch University: Antioch University in Keene, New Hampshire offers an excellent graduate-level education in Education, Counseling and Therapy and Clinical Psychology. Antioch believes in progressive education and has its roots in the educational philosophies of Rudolph Steiner. Their educational programs are for current and prospective teachers. Students can get their Med in Elementary Education and earn their teacher certification in just 16 months. They also offer a Med program for current teachers that allows students to study fully online during the fall and spring semesters then come to campus to take courses in the summer. It’s an innovative practice that blends the best of both worlds while allowing teachers to still fulfill their professional obligations as teachers. The degree has several concentrations including educational technology, educating for sustainability, teacher leadership, Autism spectrum disorders, applied behavioral analysis, and a self-designed concentration.

Dartmouth College: Located in Hanover, New Hampshire, Dartmouth College is one of the most prestigious colleges in the United States and is part of the Ivy League of schools along with institutions like Harvard, Yale, and Columbia. The Education Department offers undergraduates the opportunity to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education as well as earn their teaching certification. Students can also get a minor in Education and/or human development. Students choose to obtain certification at the elementary or secondary levels. Students majoring in secondary education must major in their specific area of teaching such as history, math, science, etc. The program blends together teaching best practices along with a multidisciplinary approach to ensure that students receive a well-rounded education. The majority of Dartmouth Education majors go on to earn advanced degrees in education.

Schools with Teaching Degree Programs in New Hampshire

Note: Student Reviews are based on the experiences of a few individuals and it is unlikely that you will have similar results. Please review the “Data, Student Reviews and Other Information” section in our Terms of Use and Disclaimers.

Colby-Sawyer College
541 Main St
New London, NH 03257-7835
(603) 526-3000

Granite State College
25 Hall St
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 228-3000

Keene State College
229 Main St
Keene, NH 03435-1506
(603) 352-1909

Plymouth State University
17 High St
Plymouth, NH 03264-1595
(603) 535-5000

Rivier College
420 South Main St
Nashua, NH 3060
(603) 888-1311

Saint Anselm College
100 St Anselm Dr
Manchester, NH 03102
(603) 641-7000

Student Review: “The Education Department at Saint Anselm College is excellent because of their commitment to their students’ success and their dedication to providing opportunities for their students. During my time in this program, I have been able to teach at 4 different schools in 3 different school districts in very different class settings, from public schools to charter schools. I have been able to teach English, Spanish, and ELL students and my lesson planning and classroom performance have been reviewed and assessed extensively be multiple professors. I have also had the opportunity to study education policy and develop a whitepaper on a topic that interests me. The professors are always friendly and they are interested in our individual success. For example, one of my education professors from Sophomore year still emails me links to articles related to my interests. The SAC teacher education program is rigorous and extremely effective.” -Student at Saint Anselm College

Southern New Hampshire University
2500 N River Rd
Manchester, NH 3106
(603) 668-2211

Student Review: “I entered the online program for Higher Education Administration in 2016 and completed my course this month. I was originally skeptical about online courses, but I had to take it to work around my job. I was impressed. My classmates responded quickly to my questions, my instructors were punctual and on time with assignments, and the classes were informative and expanded my knowledge on what is expected of me when I enter this career field. This was a rewarding experience and I hope others chose to enter this course offering.” -Student at Saint Anselm College

University of New Hampshire-Main Campus
105 Main St
Durham, NH 03824-3547
(603) 862-1234

Student Review: “The main thing that I really like about this program is the advisors. They do a really good job of making sure that you meet all of the program requirements and take all of the classes that you need. At some schools, it can be tough to figure out all of the requirements, but this one is pretty straightforward. I also like the fact that we get a good number of field experiences, such as doing observations of teachers, tutoring, and the internship. They give you a good idea of what the profession is like before you jump too far into the program. The program also allows us to take a lot of courses in our subject area. I’m an English education major, and I’ve gotten to take a lot of courses in literature and writing. These classes are really interesting and I feel like they do a good job of making me feel prepared to teach the content when the time comes.” -Student at University of New Hampshire

White Mountains Community College*
2020 Riverside Rd
Berlin, NH 3570
(603) 752-1113

An asterisk (*) denotes a two-year or certificate program in education. While a two-year degree will not qualify graduates for teacher certification, it can be a good starting point for a teaching career. To learn more about what you can do with this degree, see our guide to associate’s degrees in education.

1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Kiplinger’s Best College Values: https://www.kiplinger.com/tool/college/T014-S001-best-college-values-college-finder/index.php#Tile
3. The Princeton Review. The Best 385 Colleges, 2020 Edition. The Princeton Review, 2019.
4. US News & World Report Best Graduate Education Schools 2019: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-education-schools/edu-rankings
5. US News & World Report Best Online Graduate Education Schools 2019: https://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/education/rankings
6. Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP): http://caepnet.org/provider-search
7. National Council on Teacher Quality Teacher Preparation Program Review: https://www.nctq.org/review/home
8. US Department of Education 2018 Title II Reports: https://title2.ed.gov/Public/Home.aspx