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To become a certified teacher in New Hampshire, you will need to fulfill all prerequisite coursework, teacher preparation, and testing requirements.

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Certification Requirements

Important Note: Education licensure requirements and salary statistics (for teachers and administrators) are subject to change. CertificationMap.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: 1/06/2015

The New Hampshire Bureau of Credentialing requires that all teaching candidates meet the following requirements in order to obtain their state teaching license:

  • Bachelor’s degree (or higher) from an accredited college/university
  • Completion of state-approved teacher preparation program
  • Passing scores on Praxis I PPST exam and all required Praxis II Content exams

View the NH DOE’s Teacher Certification Brochure for additional information.

New Hampshire Teacher Prerequisite Coursework

All states require that certified teachers at a minimum have a Bachelor’s degree. Additionally, some states have undergraduate credit hour requirements for certification in specialty areas. New Hampshire, however, does not have any undergraduate credit hour requirements.

New Hampshire Teacher Preparation

Teacher preparation includes the completion of an accredited teacher education program.

Alternative Certification

Graduates of accredited colleges or universities whose bachelor’s degree was not in education, and who have not yet earned a traditional teaching certificate, can still receive an alternative teaching certificate by satisfying certain requirements. The state of New Hampshire officially recognizes ABCTE certification as a route to earning your New Hampshire teacher certification. Click here for more information on alternative certification in New Hampshire.

Typically teacher education programs consist of a combination of curricula and fieldwork. The curricula often includes instruction on foundational knowledge and skills, pedagogy (or the art and science of teaching), and preparing students to research, design and implement learning experiences in their field of study. The fieldwork component can include field observations, student teaching, and an internship.

While the involvement in an education program may seem financially daunting, a number of financial resources specifically for teachers exist around the country. For more information on this, visit our page on scholarships for teachers. For more scholarships for teachers exclusive to the State of New Hampshire, visit our New Hampshire Teacher Scholarships page.

New Hampshire Required Tests

State Tests

New Hampshire requires that all teaching candidates complete and pass a basic skills test and all required Content Area assessments in order to obtain their state teaching certification.

Basic Skills

Teaching candidates are required to take the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE) tests before being accepted into a teaching program.


Qualifying Score Required Test(s) Certification
CORE: Reading
CORE: Writing
CORE: Mathematics
The Praxis CORE Assessment is required for all
areas of certification


Content Area


Qualifying Score Required Tests Certification
161 Early Childhood: Content Knowledge Early Childhood Education
Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
Elementary Education
Middle School English Language Arts
Middle School Mathematics
Middle School Science
Middle School Social Studies
Middle School Education
English Language Arts
Social Studies
Chemistry: Content Knowledge
Earth & Space Sciences: Content Knowledge
English Language Arts: Content & Analysis
Biology: Content Knowledge
Mathematics: Content Knowledge
Physics: Content Knowledge
Social Studies: Content & Interpretation
Secondary Education
Earth & Space Science
English Language Arts
Life Sciences
Social Studies


New Hampshire Certification Reciprocity

New Hampshire will accept some teaching credentials from all but the following states: Alaska, Idaho, Iowa, and Minnesota. Contact the New Hampshire Department of Education to inquire about your specific situation. Please see our interstate reciprocity disclaimer for more information.

New Hampshire Teacher Salary

  • Incentives to teach in high-needs schools or shortage subject areas: New Hampshire provides loan forgiveness support for teachers teaching in shortage subject areas
  • Policies in place that articulate elements of effective induction: New Hampshire has no induction policies in place
  • Average Elementary Teacher Salary: $50,450
  • Average Secondary Teacher Salary: $50,040
  • Teacher Salary vs. State Average Salary: The average teacher in New Hampshire makes 117% of the salary of the average worker in New Hampshire
  • Average Number of Vacation Weeks Per Year: 15

Applying for Certification

Background Check

New Hampshire does not require a criminal background check when applying for initial certification. However, all individuals seeking employment within the New Hampshire Department of Education must complete a School Employee Criminal History Records Check and fingerprint clearance on both a state and federal level. Please contact your local NH school/district for additional information.

New Hampshire Substitute Teacher Requirements

Please click here to learn more about how to become a substitute teacher in New Hampshire.

Contact Information

New Hampshire Department of Education

Bureau of Credentialing

101 Pleasant Street

Concord, New Hampshire 03301

603-271-3855- Contact

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