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New Hampshire Teacher Certification Renewal

For step-by-step instructions on how to continue your certification, this article can help. Be sure to be re-certified in all endorsement areas, and do not let your certification lapse if you want to avoid additional fees.

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Once you have become a teacher, your education is not over. In New Hampshire, teacher certification renewal falls under one of their five alternative routes. Read more to learn about each step.

Requirements for Teacher Renewal in New Hampshire

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 Education or Content Field
Testing Requirements None

Source: *Bureau of Labor Statistics (2016)

Step 1: Get Referral

The first step to earn your teacher renewal certification is to have your superintendent give you a referral. It may seem like a pretty basic step, but without the referral, the Educator Information System (EIS) will not recognize that you are up for renewal. This is the website that your application and professional development hours are submitted through, as well as where you will pay any fees.

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Step 2: Earn Professional Development

In order to get teacher certification renewal, you must take professional development activities and courses to strengthen your knowledge and to learn of any changes in your subject. New Hampshire requires teachers to earn 45 hours of professional development and another 30 hours for each area of endorsement. So math teachers must take 30 hours of math professional development as well as 45 hours of other development.

There are several ways in which you can log these development hours. One good option to rack up a lot of hours at once is to take a college course. You will earn 15 hours of professional development for each credit hour. So that math teacher only needs to take one 2-credit hour course in a math subject to meet all the content-area professional development hours. You can also spend some time in activities, such as curriculum or program development, observing other teachers' classes, joining committees, mentoring, attending seminars, running study groups, or even researching/writing articles.

Step 3: Fill out Application

You will need to enter your professional development credits on the EIS. You will then need to fill out the renewal application. This application asks you a few questions about your criminal background, as well as basic demographic questions. You will then have to pay the fee for certification renewal, which is $130. This is then valid for three years. While applying through the EIS is preferred, you can also print and mail in your application with a check.

New Hampshire Teacher Renewal Certification Resources

There are no exams required to complete the renewal of your certification. The following link offers courses and study guides to help you prepare for the Praxis exams in case you need a refresher.

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