According to the New Hampshire Department of Education in 2017, over 29,000 of the state's students are children with disabilities. If you would like to help educate those with disabilities, follow the steps below.
Requirements for Special Education Teachers in New Hampshire
|Average Salary for Special Education Teachers in New Hampshire (2017)*|| $57,550 (Kindergarten & Elementary)
|Required Degree||Bachelor's degree|
|Required Field||Special education|
|Testing Requirements||Praxis Core Academic Skills Assessment tests|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Step 1: Complete Education Requirements
Special education is considered one of the critical shortage areas in New Hampshire schools as of 2018, so open positions are plentiful. Special education teachers in New Hampshire must earn a bachelor's degree to become certified, just like other teachers. The traditional option is to find one of the Institutions of Higher Education (IHE)-approved special education programs. These programs will look at courses in assessment, child development, engaging diverse learners, collaboration in special education, integration learning, and learning with technology. You'll also culminate your program with a special education student teaching practicum, actually putting you in the classroom working with disabled students.
Step 2: Pass Required Exams and Get Certified
All prospective teachers must prove their basic knowledge in reading, writing, and mathematics. While there are a few options outside of the Praxis exam, if you are just finishing your degree, consider the traditional route of taking the Praxis Core Academic Skills exams. There are three exams, one in each subject area: math, reading, and writing. Each exam has its own structure.
The reading exam is made up of 56 multiple-choice questions. The three categories that test looks at are your understanding of key ideas and details in a written piece of work; whether you understand the structure and language skills; and how well you integrate the ideas and knowledge from the work. You're given 85 minutes to complete the computer-based exam, and you must earn a score of at least 156.
The writing test is made up of 40 questions and two essays. You'll have 100 minutes to complete the whole exam. This exam is also computer-based, and it will look to see whether you understand research and writing skills. You must pass with at least 162.
The math exam is similar to the reading exam in time and structure. This exam is divided into four content categories: number & quantity, algebra & functions, geometry, and statistics & probability. You need to pass this with 150 or higher.
Depending on your program and the level at which you plan to teach, you might also need to pass a Praxis II content area exam and/or the Foundations of Reading test.
Once you have met all requirements, you will be recommended for certification online by your college. You will be asked to set up an online account and pay for your certification with a credit card.
New Hampshire Special Education Teacher Certification Resources
The following links will help you to study for the Praxis exams: