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. All New Hampshire teachers are required to complete a state teacher preparation program from an accredited school in order to work as a teacher in the state. Fortunately, there are many colleges and universities that offer state-approved teaching degrees. 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.

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Comparison of New Hampshire Schools with 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 State Board of Education (SBE) 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.

You will also find data on teacher preparation program enrollment, completion, and licensing exam pass rates by institution, for both traditional and alternative programs, for the 2018-2019 academic year in this table. These data points are collected from annual US Department of Education reports under Title II (Teacher Quality) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which holds institutions and state departments of education accountable for increasing academic achievement through improvements in teacher quality. Traditional teacher preparation programs are usually completed as part of a bachelor’s degree program. Alternative certification programs are typically designed for career changers looking to enter the field and lead to a postgraduate certificate or a master’s degree. Many schools in our table offer both traditional and alternative programs. Take a look at our New Hampshire traditional and alternative certification guides for more information.

Finally, we have provided the net price per year for undergraduate tuition, 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).

State-Approved SchoolCAEP Accred.?5Trad. Teacher Program Enrollment7Trad. Teacher Prep Prog. Completers7Trad. Licensing Exams Pass Rate7Alt. Teacher Program Enrollment7Alt. Teacher Prep Prog. Completers7Alt. Licensing Exams Pass Rate7Net Price1
Antioch University New EnglandNo341988%N.Av.
Franklin Pierce UniversityNo602188%$27,121
Granite State CollegeYes1876785%$13,051
Hellenic American UniversityNo$22,490
Keene State CollegeYes2339898%$20,038
New England CollegeNo153N.Av.$32,024
NHTI-Concord’s Community CollegeNo428N.Av.$16,048
Plymouth State UniversityYes63613083%$20,631
Rivier UniversityNo1813979%$27,304
Saint Anselm CollegeNo1022686%$33,292
Southern New Hampshire UniversityYes1407685%$41,217
University of New HampshireNo17014292%$24,847
Upper Valley Educators InstituteNo2312100%$16,680

  • — indicates none or not applicable.
  • N.Av. indicates data was not available or pass rates were omitted for confidentiality.

Top-Ranked Schools with Education Programs in New Hampshire

US News & World Report’s Best Graduate Education Programs 2023

  • University of New Hampshire (#131 tie)

US News & World Report’s Best Online Graduate Education Programs 2022

  • University of New Hampshire (#147 tie)
  • Keene State College (#231 tie)

Select New Hampshire Schools with Teacher Preparation Degrees

Antioch University New England

Antioch University New England (AUNE) in Keene offers students graduate-level education degrees and certifications. Students can receive a Master of Education (MEd) for Experienced Educators with multiple specialties including Digital Learning, Place-Based Education, and Problem-Based Learning Using Critical Skills. First-time teachers may be interested in the M.Ed. with Teacher Certification, with licensure options in Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Dual Elementary/Early Childhood Education, or Dual Elementary/Special Education.. Several Waldorf teacher education programs are also available, in the form of M.Ed.s and certificates. AUNE also offers certificates in a range of areas including Dyslexia Studies, Mindfulness for Educators, Nature-Based Early Childhood Education, Waldorf Education, and Trauma-Informed Education.

Saint Anselm University

Saint Anselm College is located in Manchester and offers both undergraduate and graduate study in education. Undergraduates seeking teacher certification can choose between a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree that combines either Elementary (K-6) or Secondary Education with state certification so that students can begin teaching immediately after taking their state board exams. Students studying Secondary Education normally combine their education degrees with a major in their chosen content area, such as Computer Science, Spanish, Chemistry, or English. Minors are offered in English as a Second Language (ESOL) (K-12) or STEM in Education. An Education minor not leading to certification is also offered for students with any major who are interested in careers in education but not in classroom teaching. The school also offers a unique 4+1 Master of Education (MEd) program in Special Education, in which students can complete a bachelor’s and a graduate degree in just five years.

Schools with Associate Degrees in Education

While a bachelor’s degree is the minimum educational level required to qualify for state certification, an associate’s degree can be the first step towards a career in education. It can qualify graduates for careers in non-licensed roles in early childhood education, after-school care, and related areas. The credits earned from an accredited associate degree program can also typically be transferred towards a bachelor’s degree. The following Alabama schools offer associate’s degrees in education.1 Schools with an asterisk (*) also offer four-year teaching programs and/or alternative route to certification programs.

Granite State College*
25 Hall St
Concord, NH 03301
(855) 472-4255

Great Bay Community College
320 Corporate Dr Room SW113
Portsmouth, NH 03801
(603) 427-7600

Lakes Region Community College
349 Belmont Rd
Laconia, NH 03246
(603) 524-3207

Manchester Community College
1066 Front St
Manchester, NH 03102
(603) 206-8000

Nashua Community College
505 Amherst St
Nashua, NH 03063
(603) 578-8900

NHTI-Concord’s Community College
31 College Dr
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 271-6484

River Valley Community College
1 College Pl
Claremont, NH 03743
(603) 542-7744

White Mountains CommunityCollege
2020 Riverside Dr
Berlin, NH 03570
(603) 752-1113

Student Reviews

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.

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
(800) 668-1249

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
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

1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. The Princeton Review. The Best 385 Colleges, 2022 Edition. The Princeton Review, 2021.
3. US News & World Report Best Graduate Education Schools 2023: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-education-schools/edu-rankings
4. US News & World Report Best Online Graduate Education Schools 2022: https://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/education/rankings
5. Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP): http://caepnet.org/provider-search
6. Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP): https://aaqep.org/accredited-programs
7. US Department of Education 2020 Title II Report: https://title2.ed.gov/Public/Home.aspx