Become a Teacher in New Hampshire


New Hampshire Department of Education

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            Earn Your New Hampshire Teaching Credential

            Important Note: Education licensure requirements and salary statistics (for teachers and administrators) are subject to change. makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official sources are the state education departments. Please confirm licensing requirements with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 1/06/2015

            To earn your New Hampshire teaching credential you will have to complete the appropriate amount of undergraduate coursework and standardized tests, as well as an accredited certification program. Learn more here about earning your New Hampshire teaching credential.

            Learn more about getting your teaching credential.

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            Prerequisite Coursework in New Hampshire

            All states require at least a Bachelor’s degree to teach. New Hampshire does not have any additional credit hour requirements, although each field or subject area requires specific competencies. See NH Teacher Certification Standards for more information.

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            Required Tests for New Hampshire

            Most states require tests to show competency in Basic Skills as well as in the desired Subject Area. New Hampshire  requires the Praxis I Pre-Professional Skills Test, as well as Praxis II: Content Assessment exam(s) for some subject areas.

            You can learn more about the Praxis exams by visiting the Praxis information page provided by Teachers Test Prep, where you can also access free online Praxis Practice Tests and Praxis Study Guides, plus a variety of paid Praxis Test Prep options for those who need additional help, including live prep classes, one-on-one tutoring, and on-demand online prep.

            Read more about teacher certification tests.

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            New Hampshire Teacher Certification Programs

            Teacher Certification Programs can be taken online or on-site. They typically include an educational theory and classroom skills seminar and a fieldwork component of student teaching in the area. A list of approved teacher preparation programs in New Hampshire can be found here.

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            Alternate Teacher Certification in New Hampshire

            The state of New Hampshire  offers three alternative routes to certification.

            The first alternative (for candidates holding a Master’s degree): Through submission of a written portfolio as well as a half-day oral examination, candidates demonstrate that they have acquired the requisite competencies and equivalent experience.

            The second alternative is designed for individuals who have skills and knowledge in an area where there is a shortage of qualified teachers.  Each shortage area has its own requirements for competencies, coursework and/or experience. The district superintendent then draws up an Individualized Professional Development Plan leading to full certification.

            The third alternative route involves on-the-job training for candidates holding a Bachelor’s degree with some coursework in the area(s) to be taught (30 credits are required for secondary school subjects).

            For additional alternative paths to certification in the State of New Hampshire please consult the New Hampshire Department of Education website.

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            Certification Reciprocity in New Hampshire

            Interstate reciprocity is a program that allows teachers certified in one state to teach in another state. To find out which other state teaching licenses can be used in New Hampshire, visit the reciprocity page . Or, for more specific questions about your situation, contact the New Hampshire Department of Education.  

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            Benefits of a Master's in Education in New Hampshire

            It is no longer enough to just have years of experience for teaching. After No Child Left Behind and other academic quantification measures, the careers of teachers increasingly depend on their results in the classroom. A Master’s in Teaching will give you more educational theory and classroom skills, as well as more hands-on student teaching experience with a mentor. After a Master’s program, you will be able to achieve better results in the classroom and have more job security and higher pay.

            In Manchester, a teacher holding a Master’s degree can expect to earn roughly $3,900 more per year than a teacher without the advanced degree.

            Learn more about the Benefits of a Master's in Education.

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            Master's in Education Financial Aid

            New Hampshire residents are eligible for the  Applegate/Jackson/Parks Future Teacher Scholarship as well as the TEACH Grant, a grant which gives financial aid to students in return for an agreement to teach in a high-need school.

            Learn more about how to finance your Master's degree.

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            New Hampshire Teacher Salary and Incentives

            The average teacher in New Hampshire makes $50,245 per year, which is 117% of the state average income. New Hampshire also provides loan forgiveness to teachers willing to work in high need schools or shortage subjects. More detailed salary information can be found on the Department of Education’s New Hampshire Teacher Salary Reports page.

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            New Hampshire Teacher Benefits and Retirement

            Public school teachers in New Hampshire are enrolled in the New Hampshire Retirement System. Teachers who are age 60 or older can retire with no minimum service requirement. Teachers aged 50-59 are eligible for early retirement with a minimum of ten years of service. Teachers under age 50 need at least 20 years of service to retire early.

            Learn more about benefits for teachers.

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            Professional Development for Teachers in New Hampshire

            New Hampshire has a network of Local Education Support Centers that provide professional development opportunities for teachers.

            Teachers in New Hampshire are required to draw up their own Personal Development Plan for license renewal, including a minimum of 75 credits plus 30 credits for each additional area in which they are certified to teach.

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            New Hampshire Teaching Jobs

            The New Hampshire Department of Education provides links to job search engines that list New Hampshire teaching positions.

            Learn more about finding a teaching job.

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            New Hampshire Teacher Certification Information & Links

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