The state of New Hampshire Department of Education Bureau of Credentialing issues teacher licenses in New Hampshire. The University of New Hampshire provides recommendations for certification to the state upon completion of an educator preparation program. At that time, a teacher candidate must file an application with the NH Department of Education. Applications are available online through the New Hampshire Educator Information System at https://my.doe.nh.gov/.
In addition to the recommendation for licensure provided by UNH, at the completion of a student’s educator preparation program, candidates for certification must provide Praxis core and Praxis II scores (as required by content area), submit an official transcript showing award of degree, complete a background check, and pay required fees.
Teacher candidates recommended by the University are eligible for a BEC-Beginner Educator Certificate (license).
Areas of Teacher Licensure at UNH
The University of New Hampshire has state approved programs and is authorized to prepare students for teacher licensing in the following areas:
|Professsional Educator Preparation Programs - Content Areas||Format/Level Offered|
|Chemistry Teacher for Grades 7-12||
|Classical Languages Teacher (Latin)||MEd, MAT|
|Dance Teacher||BA, MEd, MAT|
|Early Childhood Education Teacher (birth - grade 3)||
|Early Childhood Special Education Teacher (birth - grade 3)||MEd|
|Earth Space Science Teacher for Grades 7-12||MEd, MAT|
|Elementary Education Teacher (K-6) (K-8)**||BA, MEd|
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Teacher**
|BA, MEd, MAT, Licensure|
|English Language Arts Teacher for Grades 5-12||MEd, MAT|
|Health Education Teacher***||BS, MEd, MAT|
|Life Sciences Teacher for Grades 7-12||
|Mathematics Teacher, Middle Level (to Alg.1/Integ 1)||BS, MEd, MAT|
|Mathematics Teacher, Upper Level (Pre-Alg to AP Math)||BS, MEd, MAT|
|Music Teacher||BM, MEd, MAT|
|Physical Education Teacher***||BS, MEd, MAT|
|Physics Teacher for Grades 7-12||MEd, MAT|
|Science Teacher for Grades 5-8||MEd, MAT|
|Social Studies Teacher for Grades 5-12||MEd, MAT|
|Special Education Teacher (age 5 through 21)||MEd|
|Theatre Teacher||BA, MEd, MAT|
|Visual Arts Teacher||MEd, MAT|
|World Language Teacher (French)||MEd, MAT|
|World Language Teacher (German)||MEd, MAT|
|World Language Teacher (Russian)||MEd, MAT|
|World Language Teacher (Spanish)||MEd, MAT|
|Other Specialty Areas||Format|
|Elementary Mathematics Specialist for Grades K-6||MEd|
|Principal Instructional Leader||EdS, Licensure|
|Special Education Administrator||Licensure|
** Elementary Education (k-6 or k-8) & ESOL licensure Professional Educator Preparation Program (PEPP) offered at BA level through integrated program.
- Elementary Education (k-6 or k-8) only is available at MEd level.
- ESOL only is available at MEd, MAT level.
*** Health & Physical Education Teacher Professional Educator Preparation Program (PEPP) offered at BS, MEd, and MAT level through integrated program.
- Health only is available at MEd, MAT level.
- Physical Education only is available at MEd, MAT level.
- Health only or Physical Education only NOT available at BS level.
Praxis Testing Requirements for licensure in New Hampshire can be found at www.ets.org/praxis/nh/requirements.
Interstate Certification Compact
The State of New Hampshire participates in the Interstate Contract Concerning Qualification of Education Personnel, governed by the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC). The State of New Hampshire and has entered into contracts with the following:
Alabama, Alaska, Alberta, Arizona, Arkansas, British Columbia, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, DODEA, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Ontario, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming (ICC Rev 11/11)
Please note that each member of the Interstate Certification Compact may impose certification requirements which must be met within a reasonable time period. Teacher candidates should contact the appropriate State Department of Education. Further information concerning the Interstate Contract may be obtained at www.NASDTEC.net.