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How to Become a Substitute Teacher in New Hampshire

According to the National Education Association (NEA), New Hampshire has a critical shortage of substitute teachers. Here, we'll look at the basic requirements from the state to become a substitute teacher, but be aware that every district can have differing requirements.

In New Hampshire, substitute teacher requirements are decided by the School Administrative Units (SAU), or by each school district, not the Department of Education. Below, you'll find the basic requirements needed to act as a substitute teacher in New Hampshire.

Requirements for New Hampshire Substitute Teachers

Average Salary for Substitute Teachers in New Hampshire (2017)* $23,760
Required Degree High School Diploma or Equivalent
Required Field Any
Testing Requirements None

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Education

To become a substitute teacher, you need to have only a high school diploma or its equivalent. It is easy to prove your high school education by submitting an official transcript from your high school, or sometimes a notarized copy of your diploma will work. Should you decide to continue your education to earn an associate's or bachelor's degree, this is not necessary, but it can open more opportunities and higher pay for you. Since each school district decides on its own requirements, you may find that the district in which you wish to teach asks for a degree over a diploma.

It is worth noting that some school districts will put out job opportunities for long-term substitute teachers. New Hampshire has rules for the state that substitute teachers cannot teach any longer than 20 days in one classroom without certification. Because of this, if you want to teach long-term in a classroom, you will need to obtain full teacher licensure. This will require a bachelor's degree and testing requirements, but that is explained further here.

Step 2: Letters of Recommendation

Again, while these are not essential with every school, some school districts ask that substitute teachers include letters of recommendation with their applications. These letters will, of course, vary depending on your previous experience and education. If you took a degree program at a college, you may have completed a student learning practicum, and the mentor teacher can write one for you. Previous employers, heads of professional development organizations, and even teachers are also acceptable. Do not ask for letters of recommendation from family and friends, as the SAUs want to know about your skills, knowledge, and experience, not your character.

Step 3: Background Check

All employees and volunteers who will work at schools must obtain a background check to provide a clear criminal history. In other words, this includes anyone who will spend any length of time working with students, such as a substitute teacher. This is a matter of safety, and New Hampshire is one of many states that ask teachers of all levels to be fingerprinted. To take a Live Scan background check, which fingerprints you and runs your prints through a database, the fee is $44.25.

Certification Resources for New Hampshire Substitute Teachers

Although New Hampshire does not require certification exams for substitute teachers, it is possible that the school district in which you are applying will ask you to prove your knowledge, perhaps with the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators exams. The following will help you to study for any Praxis exam that you may find yourself taking.


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