How to Become a Teacher in New Hampshire

New Hampshire has laid out rigorous steps to ensure that the nearly 200,000 public school students living there receive quality education. The path to becoming a teacher in New Hampshire and joining the ranks of the approximately 15,500 teachers already working there involves attending college, continually obtaining professional development, and meeting state testing requirements. Continue reading to learn more about what is necessary to earn a New Hampshire teaching license.

Education Requirements

All prospective teachers in New Hampshire must become licensed by the state’s Department of Education. Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree, and are required to document subject area competence. All future New Hampshire teachers must complete a professional teacher education program, which is usually accomplished in the form of student teaching. Competency testing for some subjects may also be required.

New Hampshire Teaching Certification

Becoming a teacher in New Hampshire requires licensure from New Hampshire’s Department of Education. Qualified applicants for teacher certification must possess a bachelor’s degree in an approved major or program from an accredited college or university. Additionally, prospective teachers must complete a professional teacher education course, which is typically performed as student teaching during one’s undergraduate education. For subject area competency, New Hampshire requires Praxis examinations. Specific requirements, first time applications, alternative certification requirements, and applications for licensure renewal can be found here.

Required Tests

New Hampshire teachers must pass competency examinations in subject areas they wish to instruct students, specifically middle school and secondary school students. Some prospective teachers may be required to demonstrate competency through taking the Praxis examination. Praxis II examinations must be successfully completed for all teachers seeking specific subject area certification.

State Certification Reciprocity

New Hampshire participates in a reciprocity agreement with several other states, as defined by the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate Certification Contract. Reciprocity is granted on a case by case basis, and may require additional testing.

Helpful Resources

Colby-Sawyer College

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

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate

Franklin Pierce University

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40 University Drive
Rindge, NH 03461-0060
(603) 899-4000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Granite State College

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25 Hall Street
Concord, NH 03301-3471
(603) 228-3000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Keene State College

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229 Main Street
Keene, NH 03435-1506
(603) 352-1909

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

New England College

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98 Bridge St
Henniker, NH 03242
(603) 428-2211

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education

Plymouth State University

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17 High Street
Plymouth, NH 03264-1595
(603) 535-5000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Rivier University

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420 South Main St
Nashua, NH 03060
(603) 888-1311

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Southern New Hampshire University

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2500 North River Road
Manchester, NH 03106-1045
(603) 668-2211

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

University of New Hampshire-Main Campus

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105 Main St., Thompson Hall
Durham, NH 03824-3547
(603) 862-1234

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Upper Valley Educators Institute

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194 Dartmouth College Highway
Lebanon, NH 03766-1358
(603) 678-4888 Ext: 101

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training
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