Requirements for Early Childhood Education Jobs in New Hampshire

The New Hampshire Employment Security, Economic, and Labor Market Information Bureau reported that there were 2,470 preschool teachers employed in New Hampshire in 2013.

To teach early childhood education in New Hampshire, which is recognized as birth through grade 3, you must earn a teaching certificate through the New Hampshire Department of Education, Bureau of Credentialing. To become certified in New Hampshire, you must complete the following steps:

Complete an Educator Preparation Program in Early Childhood Education
Complete the Required Praxis Examinations
Apply for New Hampshire Teacher Certification
Maintain your New Hampshire Teaching Credential



Step 1. Complete an Educator Preparation Program in Early Childhood Education

To become certified to teach preschool in New Hampshire, you must first complete a professional educator preparation program. In New Hampshire, there are 8 programs in early childhood education.

An educator preparation program in early childhood education must be able to provide students with the following skills, competencies, and knowledge through a combination of academic and supervised field experiences:

  • Child development and learning
  • Family and community relationships
  • Documenting, assessing, and observing to support young children and families
  • Professionalism
  • Teaching and learning in:
    • Language and literacy
    • The arts
    • Mathematics
    • Health and physical activity
    • Science
    • Social studies

Alternative Certification Process

You may also achieve certification in New Hampshire through an alternative certification process. Although there are a number of alternative certification programs in New Hampshire, individuals interested in becoming preschool teachers may qualify for the Alternative 3A certification process, which is designed for candidates who have gained the necessary experience, competencies, skills, and knowledge required for certification.

You may request certification through a written and oral examination process, provided you currently possess a bachelor’s degree and at least three, consecutive months of educational employment in early childhood education. After the Bureau of Credentialing has determined your eligibility, you must provide written evidence of competence for each required standard, which is accomplished through a written portfolio.

Upon approval of your portfolio, the Bureau of Credentialing will schedule you for a half-day oral examination with the Board of Examiners. The Board of Examiners is selected by the Bureau to represent the Department of Education.

After the completion of an oral examination, the Board will present the Administrator of the Bureau of Credentialing with a written recommendation for certification.



Step 2. Complete the Required Praxis Examinations

All teacher candidates seeking initial certification must document basic skills through the completion of the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE) examinations:

You must also take and pass the appropriate subject area assessment for early childhood education certification. You may take either one of the following:

Note: You may be exempt from taking the above subject area assessment if:

  • You possess a master’s degree or higher in early childhood education; OR
  • You possess 7 or more years of educational experience in early childhood education under another state teaching credential

You can read more about the Praxis examination requirements in New Hampshire, including the registration and scheduling process here.



Step 3. Apply for New Hampshire Teacher Certification

Once you have met all of the requirements for certification as an early childhood educator in New Hampshire, you must apply for certification, which can be done online or by completing a paper application.

If you have completed an approved program in New Hampshire, you may also receive a certification application from the institution’s education department. A certification application obtained from your college or university will bear the institution’s seal and signature of the individual authorized to recommend your educator certification.

If you are applying for certification through the Alternative 3A program, you must provide the Bureau of Credentialing with the following:

  • A completed application
  • Official college transcripts
  • Employer verification of at least 3 months of full-time teaching



Step 4. Maintain your New Hampshire Teaching Credential

All renewals for teaching certificates in New Hampshire may be completed through the Educator Information System (EIS), an online system that allows you to complete the renewal process for your New Hampshire educator certification. You may also pay for the cost of renewal online.

You must complete at least 75 continuing education units of professional development during the three-year certification period, which must include at least 30 units in early childhood education.

New Hampshire Preschool Teacher Salaries

It is the responsibility of all preschool teachers in New Hampshire to help prepare children primary school by introducing basic core concepts. Although not large in population, New Hampshire has still seen significant growth in its preschool programs in the last five years. During the 2009-10 school year, New Hampshire had 2,987 students enrolled in preschool programs across the state, a number that has climbed 12% to 3,401 preschool students during the 2013-14 school year.

As of 2013, the state of New Hampshire employed 2,670 early childhood educators. The Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks the state as third in location quotient, which measures the concentration of jobs within a state, with 4.3 people employed as preschool teachers for every 1,000 adult residents.

The average salary for preschool teachers in the different areas of New Hampshire fall within a fairly consistent range, the lowest at $25,250 and the highest at $31,840 per year. The average for the state as a whole rests at about $28,788, which is middling for the United States as a whole.

However, the average salary paid to early childhood educators is 29% higher among top earners in the 90th percentile, which represents the state’s most experienced preschool teachers.

The following table, published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2013, gives a more in-depth look at the salary statistics of early childhood educators throughout New Hampshire:

Area name
Annual mean wage
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury MA-NH NECTA Division
Lawrence-Methuen-Salem MA-NH NECTA Division
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford MA-NH NECTA Division
Manchester NH
Nashua NH-MA NECTA Division
Portsmouth NH-ME
Rochester-Dover NH-ME
Northern New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area
Western New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area
Southwestern New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area

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