How to Become a Teacher in New Hampshire

Becoming a Teacher in New Hampshire

In order to become a certified teacher in New Hampshire, you must possess a bachelor's degree and complete a state-approved teacher preparation program. You will also need to submit to fingerprinting and a criminal history background check.

New Hampshire offers three main pathways to becoming a teacher. The state has recently revamped its pathways to licensure to reflect more alternative routes.

The New Hampshire Department of Education handles all teaching license applications.

Pathways to Licensure in New Hampshire

The three different pathways to licensure in New Hampshire are Approved Preparation Programs, Demonstrated Competencies, and Site-Based Licensing Plans. These pathways all require individuals to possess a bachelor's degree and pass a criminal background check. Determining what pathway makes sense for you is the first step towards licensure in New Hampshire.

Approved Educator Preparation Program (AEPP) in New Hampshire

There are two routes that fall under New Hampshire's AEPP pathway:

Approved Educator Preparation Program New Hampshire (AEPPNH): Following this route, an educator will complete a state-approved educator preparation program at either the bachelor's or master's level. This program will include a student teaching portion.

Approved Educator Preparation Program: Out-of-State (AEPPOS): This pathway is designed for educators who have completed an accredited teacher preparation program out-of-state no more than three years from the date of the application. If you completed your teacher preparation program more than three years from the application date, you will need to provide verification of a teaching license in the same endorsement area in the same state where the program was completed. This license may not have been expired for more than three years from the date of the application.

Demonstrated Competencies: New Hampshire

There are three different pathways to teacher licensure under the demonstrated competencies pathway.

Demonstrated Competencies Portfolio Oral Board (DCPOB): For this pathway, you will compile a portfolio that demonstrates that you have met all requirements for an educator license in New Hampshire. Three educators who teach in the applicant's intended endorsement area and hold a New Hampshire Experienced Educator License will review the portfolio and conduct an oral board review.

Demonstrated Competencies National/Regional License (DCNR): This pathway is for educators who hold a license from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), National Association of Psychologists, or the US Department of Defense.

Demonstrated Competencies Experience: Out-Of-State (DCEX): If you do not meet the requirements for the AEPPOS pathway and are an out-of-state educator, you may apply under these requirements. In order to meet the requirements for the DCEX, you must provide proof of three years of teaching experience in the endorsement area you are seeking licensure in.

Site-Based Licensing Plan in New Hampshire

This route is available to anyone who has received an offer of employment from a New Hampshire PK-12 employer but who has not yet completed all of the state requirements for licensure. You will need to apply for a Statement of Eligibility in order to apply for licensure in a site-based plan. You will submit a plan that details your intention and timeline for completing the remaining requirements for full licensure.

New Hampshire Teacher Certification Programs

There are twelve institutions in New Hampshire that offer programs for new educators:

  • Antioch University New England +
  • Franklin Pierce University *
  • Granite State College #
  • Keene State College #
  • New England College #
  • NHTI, Concord's Community College @
  • Plymouth State University (mix)
  • Rivier University*
  • Saint Anselm College (mix)
  • Southern New Hampshire University #
  • University of New Hampshire (mix)
  • Upper Valley Educators Institute @

Schools marked with a + indicate the university only offers programs at the Master's level. Schools marked with a * offer both bachelor's and master's degrees for all endorsements. Schools marked with # offer a mix of bachelor's degrees and licensure programs. Schools marked with @ only offer licensure programs. Schools that designated 'mix' offer different levels of programs depending on the endorsements.

All of these programs include a student teaching requirement.

Required Tests for New Hampshire Educators

In order to become a licensed teacher in New Hampshire, you must take the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators exam (Praxis Core) and the appropriate Praxis Subject Assessment (Praxis II).

ACT, SAT, or GRE scores that are above the 50th percentile can be used to meet this testing requirement in some cases.

You will need to send your Praxis scores to the New Hampshire Department of Education.

New Hampshire Teacher Education Requirements

Like most states, you will need at least a bachelor's degree and a completed teacher preparation program in order to become a licensed teacher in New Hampshire.

While state-approved program coursework will vary from university to university, all programs will provide mentorship and a deep dive into educational theory. Varied student teaching experiences will also help students gain footing in a classroom before they are the teacher of record.

Additional Requirements for New Hampshire Teacher Certification

You will need to submit to a criminal history background check prior to admission to a teacher preparation program and/or licensure.

You will also need to receive a recommendation for licensure from the university where you completed your teacher preparation program.

Applying for A Teaching License in New Hampshire

In order to apply for a teaching license in New Hampshire, you will need to submit the following documents:

  • Official transcripts from all institutions you have attended
  • Completed background check and fingerprinting
  • Verified recommendation for licensure from your teacher preparation program
  • Completed application and non-refundable fee

You can apply online or through a physical form. All of the state application forms are found on the New Hampshire Department of Education website. You will hear from the New Hampshire Department of Education within sixty days from the date of completion of your application.

Tiered Licensing in New Hampshire

New Hampshire operates on a tiered licensing structure. In order to earn a more advanced license, you must gain experience and participate in professional development.

Beginning Educator Certificate: This license is designed for new educators who have completed their teacher education program and their bachelor's degree. You will need to get a recommendation for certification from your teacher preparation program in order to apply for the Beginning Educator Certificate. This license is valid for three years.

Experienced Educator Certificate: Once you have three years of experience and at least two years of effective performance evaluations, you may apply for the experienced educator certificate. Local school districts will also have specific professional development requirements you must meet.

Master Teacher Certificate: In order to apply for the highest level of licensure in New Hampshire, you will need at least seven years of full-time teaching experience, exemplary performance evaluations, and graduate-level coursework. If you have earned a National Board Certification or a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certificate, you may be eligible for the master teacher certificate.

Teacher Reciprocity in New Hampshire

If you have completed a teacher preparation program out-of-state, you will need to look at the application requirements for the AEPPOS pathway.

New Hampshire is a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement. This means that other participating states share similar requirements for educators and educator preparation programs and therefore offer a streamlined licensing process. The following states have reciprocity agreements with New Hampshire under the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement:

Alabama, Indiana, Nevada, South Dakota, Arizona, Kansas, New Jersey, Tennessee, Arkansas, Kentucky, New Mexico, Texas, California, Louisiana, New York, Utah, Colorado, Maine, North Carolina, Vermont, Connecticut, Maryland, North Dakota, Virginia, Delaware, Massachusetts, Ohio, Washington, Florida, Michigan, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Georgia, Mississippi, Oregon, Wisconsin, Hawaii, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, Rhode Island, Illinois, Nebraska, South Carolina

If you have a valid teaching license from another state, you will not need to provide Praxis Core test scores. You may need to provide Praxis passing scores on the content area test(s).

Educator Employment Outlook in New Hampshire

New Hampshire is projected to add more teaching positions in the coming years. According to the New Hampshire Job Outlook and Locator handbook, the state averages 350 annual openings for secondary school teachers, 258 annual openings for middle school teachers, and 413 for elementary school teachers.

Salaries for educators in New Hampshire can range widely due to differences in licensure, education, and experience. On average, educators in New Hampshire earn $60,610 annually. The starting salary typically is around $37,602.

Expert Contributor

Amy Mayers

Amy Mayers, M.Ed. has taught middle school math for over 7 years. She is a Texas certified teacher for grades 4-12 in mathematics and has passed the TExES Math 4-8 and the TExES Math 7-12. Amy graduated with a B.S. in Mathematical Sciences from the University of Houston and a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of St. Thomas.

All Teacher Certification Exams