NH Teacher and Administrator Certification Application Information and Instructions

New Hampshire Teacher and Administrator Certification Application Information and Instructions

Note:  While we do our best to give you accurate and up to date information about your state requirements, we are not infallible.  State requirements change frequently.  It is your responsibility, and in your best interest, to double check certification and licensure requirements with your state’s Department of Education.

To be eligible for recommendation by the Certification Office, students completing a bachelor’s degree, a post baccalaureate certification or a Master of Special Education degree must graduate and have their degree posted to their WGU transcript.  Students who are pursuing a Master of Teaching degree must have marks of "pass” on their Degree Plan for all teacher preparation assessments to include any program required Praxis exams as well as all state required exams.

New Hampshire accepts direct applications for licensure from candidates who have completed an out-of-state, approved teacher or administrator preparation program, like those offered at WGU.  Follow the steps below to prepare your application for New Hampshire licensure.

Step 1:  Request official transcripts in sealed envelopes from every college you have attended. Once your graduation application has been processed by the WGU Records Office you will receive a notification with information on how to order two complimentary copies of your official WGU transcript from the National Student Clearinghouse. You will have the option of selecting electronic or mail delivery. If you would like to order additional transcripts, see the WGU Transcript FAQ article. Do not request a transcript until you have received notice of graduation, so that your graduation date will appear on your transcript. MAT students may request a transcript after completing the teacher preparation portion of their MAT program. Be sure to leave transcripts you elect to have mailed to you in their sealed envelopes.

Step 2: Send an email to the WGU Certification Officer at licensure@wgu.edu requesting that a letter be sent to you on university letterhead verifying that you have completed your state-approved teacher or administrator preparation program at WGU.  Please confirm your mailing address in this email. 

Step 3: If the New Hampshire Department of Education is not listed as a recipient on your Praxis score report, you will need to contact ETS and request that they mail an official score report directly to NH DOE.  You may do this by calling 1-800-772-9476 or by submitting the Additional Score Report Request Form to ETS via fax or mail. Please note that initial applicants for administrator certification have to fulfill the Praxis I basic skills requirement. 

Step 4: Download the application form and fill it out completely. On the final page, indicate that you are applying via "Alternative 2."  You may also apply online.  For instructions, see the Educator Certification Process: Alternative 2


Step 5: Those applying for a school principal certificate must verify three years of teaching experience in section 9. In addition, you will need to request from your employing school district(s) letters on official letterhead verifying your teaching experience and documenting your teaching assignments.  You will also need three confidential letters of reference.  More information can be found in the New Hampshire Certification Standards for Educational Personnel, section 506.04.

Step 6: Compile all application documents:

1. Completed application form (if using the paper application),
2. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended,
3. Verification of program completion letter,
4. Check for the $130 application fee, made payable to the State of New Hampshire (unless paid via the online application),
5. Official letters verifying teaching experience (if applicable),
6. Copy of any current certificates held.

Step 7: Mail completed application packet to 

State of New Hampshire - Department of Education
Division of Program Support
Bureau of Credentialing
101 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301-3860


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