New Hampshire is a great place to work as a teacher, and you’ll find a number of different paths to certification. The state offers five distinct paths to becoming an educator, including traditional methods as well as a number of non-traditional alternatives.
If you’d like to follow New Hampshire’s traditional path to teaching, you can study and complete an approved teacher education program in the state, which will include student teaching. If you haven’t completed a New Hampshire teaching program, it’s still fairly easy to become a teacher in the state. New Hampshire accepts out-of-state candidates, provided that you have appropriate credentials and have been recently employed as a teacher. Another option is to prove that you have demonstrated competencies and equivalent experience. This can be achieved in a number of ways, including a portfolio submission and interview with the board of examiners, or by becoming certified at the national or regional level. In specific teaching areas, such as those with a critical shortage, or in technical education, you can complete a program which will allow you to become a teacher while studying under a mentor teacher. Finally, New Hampshire offers site-based plan certification, which allows prospective teachers with a bachelor’s degree and education in an endorsement to receive a teaching certificate after meeting specific requirements.
As a relatively small state, New Hampshire does not have any extremely large school districts. However, it should be fairly easy to find employment as a teacher in the state’s larger communities of Manchester, Nashua, Concord, and Derry. The NEA-NH site allows you to search for positions with a variety of qualifications, and the New Hampshire Department of Education offers links to a number of different job sites and school districts.
Renewal requirements in New Hampshire largely depend on the school district or school you’re hired by. However, you can get an idea of what you’ll be expected to complete once hired as a teacher by following New Hampshire’s guidelines for educators outside of a school district. These teachers are required to complete 75 continuing education units of professional growth, which includes college courses, mentoring, and professional reading.