Guide to Becoming a Teacher in New Hampshire
A beautiful but remote state, New Hampshire is home to a small population of dedicated educators working primarily in rural communities and small cities. Since the state has limited teaching opportunities, it is important to know which types of teachers are in highest demand and which education programs are held in highest esteem. Below, ToBecomeATeacher.org has compiled all the information aspiring New Hampshire educators will need to get started, make strategic career decisions and eventually find a job:
1. Choosing a Program: First, you will need to find an education program that supports your budget and short- and long-term career goals.
- Finding an appropriate program that fits your needs is never easy. What matters to you as a student? Is cost a major concern? Are you concerned about the program’s graduation rate or job placement rate? Asking the right questions upfront will ensure you discover a program that is best suited to your needs and budget.
2. Planning for Licensure in New Hampshire: To become a teacher in New Hampshire, you’ll need to complete at least a bachelor’s degree and a teacher preparation program and to write and pass the state’s required teacher licensure exams, which include the Praxis Core and applicable Praxis II exams for your level and subject area.
3. Entering the Workforce: Once you’ve completed an education program and passed the applicable exams, you will be ready to launch your teaching career in New Hampshire.
- It is always best to start by asking the right questions. Where do you think you would be most comfortable working and living? What are your lifestyle priorities and which region of the state can best meet these priorities? What are your salary expectations? Throughout this process, keep developing your resume, expanding your education by completing professional development courses for teachers, and gaining additional teaching experience. This will ensure you have the best possible chance of gaining a full-time teaching position shortly after graduation.
Choosing an Education Program in New Hampshire
ToBecomeATeacher.org realized that not all education programs are identical and choosing the right one can be difficult. For this reason, we have streamlined the process. With the aid of a complex algorithmic tool, we have reviewed, tested and documented top education programs across the state. Using 2015 data, our team has analyzed total expense, student-to-faculty ratios, graduation rates, potential earnings, return on investment and much more.
Every school ToBecomeATeacher.org lists below has committed themselves to the pursuit of excellence and shown exemplary dedication to education of the highest caliber. These programs are New Hampshire’s very best. Find out which ones stand above the rest and best match your own priorities by reviewing the information posted below.
Plymouth State University
Keene State College
University of New Hampshire-Main Campus
Saint Anselm College
Southern New Hampshire University
Franklin Pierce University
New England College
Granite State College
|#||Name||Expense Score||Acceptance Rate Score||Graduation Rate Score||ROI/Value Score||Student to Faculty Score|
|1||Plymouth State University||9||9.6||7.14||9||4.4|
|2||Keene State College||8||9.2||8.05||8||4.4|
|3||University of New Hampshire-Main Campus||7||9.6||10||7||2.2|
|4||Saint Anselm College||2||10||9.54||2||10|
|5||Southern New Hampshire University||5||9.5||7.21||5||1.1|
|7||Franklin Pierce University||4||8.9||6.02||4||8.9|
|8||New England College||3||8.4||5.3||3||6.7|
|10||Granite State College||10||N/A||2.69||10||10|
Ranking Factors Explained
Our ranking data is based upon Collegescorecard.gov, IPEDS, and the Carnegie Foundation data sets.
How to Become a Teacher in New Hampshire
The State of New Hampshire offers several pathways to teacher licensure:
- Pathway 1: The first route, designed for current undergraduate students, entails completing an bachelor’s degree in education and the state’s required exams, which include the Praxis Core and Praxis II exams for one’s level and subject area.
- Pathway 2: A large percentage of New Hampshire teachers obtain licensure following the completion of a bachelor’s degree; in this case, the most common pathway is to complete a master’s degree in education (either an M.Ed or M.A.T leading to leading to licensure) and the state’s applicable exams.
- Pathway 3: New Hampshire also has alternative options for candidates who meet the basic requirement (a bachelor’s degree with at least a 2.50 GPA) and permission from a local superintendent. In this case, candidates are able to teach full time while obtaining the additional requirements needed to obtain a New Hampshire teaching license. In most cases, this alternative is only available to respond to an identified regional or subject-specific teacher shortage.
What is the Job Outlook for Teachers in the States of New Hampshire?
In 2015, there were 550 kindergarten teachers, 6,230 elementary teachers, 3,960 middle school teachers and 4,780 secondary teachers working statewide. Demand for teachers in New Hampshire is expected to grow at an average to below average rate over the coming decades. This is largely due to the fact that New Hampshire’s population is currently declining, especially its young population. A recent study carried out by the State of New Hampshire projects that by 2040, every New Hampshire county will experience a natural decline due to an excess of deaths over births. To put it starkly, while the population over age 65 will increase from 178,268 in 2010 to 410,999 in 2040, the population under age 15 will decline from 232,182 in 2010 to 198,688 in 2040. With children and youth accounting for only 13.9% of the state’s future population, the demand for teachers will naturally also decline. However, with a rapidly aging population, many current teachers are also expected to retire over the coming decade and this will continue to open up jobs for teachers statewide.
What resources do teachers have to help them during their careers in New Hampshire?
- The primary governing body for education in New Hampshire is the New Hampshire Department of Education.
- New Hampshire teachers are represented by two teacher organizations: NEA New Hampshire and American Federation of Teachers-New Hampshire.
- School administrators are represented by the New Hampshire School Administrators Association.
- The New Hampshire School Administrators Association hosts a job board for prospective New Hampshire teachers that can be accessed via its homepage.
- Subject-specific New Hampshire organizations include the New Hampshire Association for Special Education, the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire and the New Hampshire Council for the Social Studies.
What online programs are available to potential teachers in New Hampshire?
Southern New Hampshire University offers an online master’s degree leading to teacher licensure in elementary education. Franklin Pierce University offers five online programs leading to teacher licensure in New Hampshire and each program can be completed on campus, online or in a hybrid format to best respond to each candidate’s needs. For in-service teachers hoping to acquire additional qualifications and raise their earning potential, the University of New Hampshire offers an online master’s of educational studies.