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How to Become a Science Teacher in New Hampshire

As a STEM subject, you can be sure that teachers are needed for science classes of all grade levels. Below, we'll look at the necessary requirements for becoming a licensed science teacher in New Hampshire.

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Many of the sciences are considered critical shortage subjects in New Hampshire, meaning that teachers are needed in the areas of chemistry, life science, physical science, and physics for the 2017-2018 year. Continue reading to learn the specific steps one should take to become a science teacher in New Hampshire.

Requirements for New Hampshire Science Teachers

Average Salary for Teachers in New Hampshire* $30,000 (Preschool), $56,390 (Elementary School), $58,450 (Middle School), $57,570 (High School)
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Required Field Science
Testing Requirements Praxis Core Academic Skills Assessment tests (5712, 5722, and 5732), Middle School Science exam (5440) or Science-specific Content Knowledge exam (5245, 5571, 5235, 5435, or 5265).

Source: *Bureau of Labor Statistics (2016)

Step 1: Complete Education Requirements

Becoming a science teacher in New Hampshire opens the door to several options for you, depending on your specific interests. Many New Hampshire colleges provide bachelor's degrees in science subjects but cater to those who aim to teach grades 7-12. This means you'll learn all about teaching middle and high school students, while focusing your studies on the kind of science you wish to teach. For instance, an Earth and space science program may include courses in minerology, meteorology, the evolution of the Earth, field methods, environmental changes, ecosystems, and planetary astronomy. You'll also need some teaching experience, whether as a volunteer, intern, or student teacher in order to begin the credentialing process.

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Step 2: Take Required Examinations

Though there are many exam options for teachers, you'll find that the option pool is narrowed just a bit when you choose to become a specific subject teacher, like a science teacher. All prospective teachers must take the Core Academic Skills for Educator exams by Praxis. These three subtests look at Reading, writing, and - you guessed it - arithmetic. These subtests can be taken together or separately, though a combined exam may be easier on you if you prefer to get it all out of the way at once. Each exam is graded individually, and you'll need to earn a specific score or higher in each to pass: 156 (reading), 150 (math), 162 (writing).

Once you've completed the core exams, you'll need to take your grade level/content exam. For middle school teachers, you'll simply take the Middle School Science exam. For this exam, you'll be given 150 minutes to complete 125 multiple-choice questions on different sciences and methodologies. You must earn a score of 150 or higher on this.

If you want to teach secondary school children, you'll need to take the core exam based on the science you want to teach. The following is a small list of the exams that you'll need to take and the required scores:

Subject Exam Passing Score
Chemistry Chemistry: Content Knowledge (5245) 153
Earth and Space Science Earth and Space Sciences: Content Knowledge (5571) 148
Life Sciences Biology: Content Knowledge 153
Physical Science Chemistry Content Knowledge (5245)
OR
General Science: Content Knowledge (5435)
OR
Physics: Content Knowledge (5265)
153
OR
147
OR
146 (respectively)
Physics Physics: Content Knowledge (5265) 146

New Hampshire Science Teacher Certification Resources

There are many exams you'll need to study for if you want to become a science teacher. The following resources can help you study for your science teacher exams in New Hampshire.

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