New Hampshire Teacher Certification Requirements

Jan 02, 2019

If you're considering teaching in the state of New Hampshire, you're likely looking to find out what you need to get certified. Here, we'll check out education and testing requirements for all teachers.

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In the state of New Hampshire, prospective teachers are recommended for credentials through the chairman of their college's education department. There are other requirements necessary to earn teaching credentials, and we'll look at them here.

Requirements for New Hampshire 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 Education or Elementary Education
Testing Requirements Praxis Core Academic Skills Assessment tests (5712, 5722, and 5732), Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (5001) or Middle School/Secondary Education Content Knowledge exam

Source: *Bureau of Labor Statistics (2016)

Step 1: Complete Schooling Requirements

In New Hampshire, the education minimum for teachers is a bachelor's degree. This degree should be in education, elementary education, or the subject you wish to teach, such as chemistry or history. In order to get certification in New Hampshire, you will need to choose a program that includes student teaching hours. There are two different certificates you can get for professional credentials: the beginning educator for those with less than three years of teaching and the experienced educator for those with over three years in teaching. Your education program must be an approved New Hampshire professional educator preparation program. Courses you will take will be a mix of content knowledge and pedagogical techniques. You'll likely study topics such as women and education, elementary methods, literacy, child development, secondary education issues, curriculum building, and assessment methods.

Step 2: Take Required Tests

Though your college or university will provide you with the exact requirements you'll need for credentialing, you can anticipate the need for some exams to prove your knowledge. The first exam you'll need to take are actually three exams that can be taken individually or all at once. The Core Academic Skills for Educator exams by Praxis show your basic knowledge. The three exams are in reading, writing, and math. Though you can take all at once, these exams will be scored separately. In order to pass, you must earn 156 on the reading exam, 162 on the writing exam, and 150 on the math exam.

After those exams, you'll need to take the grade-level exam that best matches what you want to teach. There is one for elementary teachers: the Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects test. This is made up of four subtests, and each has its own score requirement to pass: the language arts subtest requires 157, math requires 157, social studies requires 155, and the science subtest requires 159. However, if you want to teach at the middle or high school level, you'll need to take content-focused exams. For instance, Middle School Mathematics exam or Earth and Space Sciences: Content Knowledge. All of these exams have their own scoring requirements.

As in most states, any teacher wanting to work with students must have a background check. While this isn't a traditional exam, you can consider it akin to a test. You must pass the fingerprinting and background check in order to get your credentials.

New Hampshire Teacher Certification Resources

To become a teacher in New Hampshire, you'll find that you need to sit for a number of exams. You'll want to be prepared for those, and these links can help you do that.

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