Licensing

Teacher Licensing

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

MEd, MAT

Classical Languages Teacher (Latin) MEd, MAT
Dance Teacher BA, MEd, MAT
Early Childhood Education Teacher (birth - grade 3)

BS, MEd

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

MEd, MAT

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 (Currently, this program is NOT accepting applications) Licensure
School Superintendent EdS

** 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.