New Hampshire Alternative Certification Programs

If you’re looking to become a teacher in New Hampshire but hold a bachelor’s degree in a different field, there are several programs available in the state that will allow you to become a certified teacher in a short period of time. Here is a look at what the programs are all about and what you need to know to apply.

Program Name: New Hampshire Alternative #4

Program Mission and Overview

The Alternative #4 program was specifically created to fill New Hampshire schools’ teacher shortages.

Eligibility and How to Apply

Candidates interested in applying to the program must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree in a content area that is listed as high-needs by the New Hampshire school system.
  • Pass the PRAXIS I test or its equivalent.
  • Obtain a Statement of Eligibility that shows ability to work in this area.

To apply for this program, applicants must fill out the application on the New Hampshire Department of Education site and submit the appropriate documentation, which includes:

  • Official transcripts.
  • PRAXIS I scores.
  • $50 fee.
  • Current resume.
  • Professional or trade license, if applicable.

Financial Information

Tuition and fees vary depending on the institution chosen.

Program Name: New Hampshire Alternative #5

Program Mission and Overview

The Alternative #5 program provides prospective teachers with hands-on training in the classroom. Applicants must have a job in a participating school district to obtain certification through this program.

Eligibility and How to Apply

Eligible applicants must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Have at least a 2.5 GPA over the last 30 credit hours for a secondary certification, or a cumulative 2.5 GPA in mathematics, English, science and social studies for elementary certification. Students who do not meet the GPA requirement may be exempt if they:
    • Meet all other qualifications.
    • Earned the bachelor’s degree more than five months ago.
    • Have at least five years of subject-related occupational experience. Applicants must provide letters from previous employers, employment contracts and letters of recommendation to prove this experience.
  • Obtain a statement of eligibility.
  • Create a site-based certification plan that addresses the candidate’s strengths and weaknesses.
  • Obtain a teaching job with a participating school district and work with the superintendent toward earning the certification.

Financial Information

The cost of this program depends on the certification plan. Prospective teachers who must complete college-level coursework are responsible for tuition and fees set by the institution.

Program Name: NHTI Teacher Education Conversion Program (TECP)

Program Mission and Overview

The TECP focuses on filling the need for qualified math and science teachers in elementary and secondary schools. The program requires 35 credits of coursework. One of the primary goals of this program is to prepare teachers to work in the areas of math, science and special education. Applicants will not earn a full degree through this program. It is for certification only.

Eligibility and How to Apply

Eligible candidates must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree in science or math from an accredited institution.
  • Pass the PRAXIS I and content area-specific PRAXIS II.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of human growth and development.
  • Maintain a GPA of at least 2.75.
  • Pass a criminal background check.

Applicants may find the application on the NHTI website.

Financial Information

  • A fee of $20 is required to complete the application process.
  • Tuition for this program costs $210 per course credit for the 35 credits.
  • Students are responsible for all other associated fees, including the $100 tuition deposit and $30 orientation fee.
  • Students may cover all or part of their tuition and fees by applying for financial aid, including scholarships, grants, and federal or private student loan programs.

Learn more about how to become a teacher in New Hampshire.