Teacher Shortage information was provided by the U.S. Department of Education’s Teacher Shortage Areas Nationwide Listings for 2016–2017, and was determined by examining the most recent data about unfilled teaching positions; positions filled by teachers certified by irregular, provisional, temporary, or emergency certification; and teachers teaching in subject areas other than their area of preparation.
Steps to Becoming a Teacher in New Hampshire
Important Note: Education licensure requirements, statistics and other information are subject to change. Teach.com makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official sources are the state education departments. Please confirm licensing requirements with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 10/25/2016
To earn an initial teaching certification in the state of New Hampshire, teaching candidates must meet the following requirements:
Step One: Complete a bachelor’s degree and other prerequisite coursework required.
Step Two: Complete a state-approved teacher preparation program.
Step Four: Submit a New Hampshire teaching credential application.
Continue below for more information.
Earn Your New Hampshire Teaching Credential
To earn your New Hampshire teaching credential you will have to complete the appropriate amount of undergraduate coursework and standardized tests, as well as an accredited certification program. Learn more about earning your New Hampshire teaching credential through the New Hampshire Department of Education Bureau of Credentialing.
Step One: Prerequisite Coursework in New Hampshire
All states require at least a bachelor’s degree to teach. New Hampshire does not have any additional credit hour requirements, although each field or subject area requires specific competencies. See NH Teacher Certification Standards for more information.
Step Two: New Hampshire Teacher Certification Programs
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Alternative Teacher Certification in New Hampshire
The State of New Hampshire offers four alternative routes to certification:
Alternative 2 is a process whereby New Hampshire accepts candidates from all states and other jurisdictions if the candidate graduated from an approved state program, or has been employed as a certified teacher for at least three years out of the last seven, or completed an alternative certification program.
Alternative 3 is designed for candidates who have gained the competencies, skills, and knowledge through means other than Alternative 1 or Alternative 2. The Alternative 3 process includes both a written examination and an oral review. Candidates may request teaching, administrative, or educational specialist certification on the basis of demonstrated competencies and equivalent experiences.
Alternative 4 is designed for individuals who have skills and knowledge in an area where there is a shortage of qualified teachers. Each shortage area has its own requirements for competencies, coursework, and/or experience. The district superintendent then draws up an Individualized Professional Development Plan leading to full certification.
Alternative 5 involves on-the-job training for candidates holding a bachelor’s degree with some coursework in the area(s) to be taught (30 credits are required for secondary school subjects). This route is available if a local school district is willing to assume the responsibility for training and supervising the teacher candidate
For additional information about alternative paths to certification in the State of New Hampshire, please consult the New Hampshire Department of Education website.
It is no longer enough to just have years of experience in teaching. After No Child Left Behind and other academic quantification measures, the careers of teachers increasingly depend on their results in the classroom. A master’s degree in the field of education can give you more educational theory and classroom skills, as well as more hands-on student teaching experience with a mentor.
After a master’s program, you may be able to achieve better results in the classroom and have more job security and higher pay. In Manchester, a teacher holding a master’s degree can earn roughly $4,170 more per year than a teacher without an advanced degree.
Interstate reciprocity is a program that allows teachers certified in one state to teach in another state. Through the Alternative 2 certification process, New Hampshire will recognize education and/or certification in other states. To find out which other state teaching licenses can be used in New Hampshire, visit the Teach.com reciprocity page. Or, for more specific questions about your situation, contact the New Hampshire Department of Education.
The average teacher in New Hampshire makes $56,616 per year. New Hampshire also provides loan forgiveness to teachers willing to work in high--need schools or shortage subjects. More detailed salary information can be found on the Department of Education’s New Hampshire Teacher Salary Reports page.
Public school teachers in New Hampshire are enrolled in the New Hampshire Retirement System. Teachers who are age 60 or older can retire with no minimum service requirement. Teachers aged 50–59 are eligible for early retirement with a minimum of 10 years of service. Teachers under age 50 need at least 20 years of service to retire early.
Professional Development for Teachers in New Hampshire
New Hampshire has a network of online and on-site professional development organizations, including NEA-NH and New Hampshire Educators Online. See the New Hampshire Department of Education’s list of resource links for more details.
Teachers in New Hampshire are required to draw up their own personal development plan for license renewal, including a minimum of 75 credits plus 30 credits for each additional area in which they are certified to teach.