For the 2017-2018 school year, the New Hampshire department of Education names English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESL or ESOL) as a critical shortage subject, and the department is in need of such teachers. If you would like to learn how to become an ESL or ESOL teacher in New Hampshire, read on.
Requirements for New Hampshire ESL Teachers
|Average Salary for All Other Teachers in New Hampshire*||$40,410|
|Required Degree||Bachelor's degree|
|Required Field||Education with English as a Second Language minor or certificate|
|Testing Requirements||Praxis Core Academic Skills Assessment tests (5712, 5722, and 5732), Praxis ESL (5362) exam|
Source: *Bureau of Labor Statistics (2016)
Step 1: Complete Education Requirements
English as Second Language teachers (ESL) are very important at all schools. They are what help younger students and adult students learn and practice their English skills. There are few colleges in New Hampshire that offer programs in ESOL learning, but they do exist. In fact, colleges often encourage you to study education to learn about the pedagogy and methods of teaching, and they also have a concentration, minor, or certificate program for ESOL teachers. Outside of student teaching experience, you'll study basic education and child development courses. For the ESOL programs, you'll likely take courses that look at assessing ESOL students, designing ESOL curricula, legal and ethical issues in education, methods for teaching ESOL, general linguistics, and multicultural perspectives.
Step 2: Take Required Examinations
The exams for ESL teachers in New Hampshire are not quite as clear as they are for others. The Praxis website for New Hampshire states that all teachers must take the three Core Academic Skills for Educators exams. Through these three exams, you'll be tested on your basic knowledge in math, reading, and writing. Overall, the tests are made up of different structures, but you will definitely have to answer multiple-choice questions and complete two essays throughout. In order to pass the math exam, you must earn a score of 150. The reading exam's passing score is 156, while the writing score must be at least 162.
While the New Hampshire Praxis website does not specify any ESOL exams as a requirement, it would be a good idea to get an endorsement by completing and passing the English to Speakers of Other Languages exam on top of whatever endorsement exam you decide to take. This exam is broken down into six categories: foundations of linguistics, foundations of language learning, planning and implementing instruction, assessment and evaluation, culture, and professionalism and advocacy. You are given 120 minutes to complete the same number of multiple-choice questions. In order to pass this exam, you must earn a score of 155 or higher.
New Hampshire ESL Teacher Certification Resources
Though the exams may not all be required by New Hampshire, it is a good idea to prepare for the exams. The following links send you to some study guides for the exams mentioned in this article.