Become an ESL Teacher in New Hampshire

There is a need for ESL teachers in New Hampshire. This article provides information on the requirements for obtaining an ESL teaching certification in New Hampshire and recent changes to the application process. Schools offering Teaching ESL degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Requirements for an ESL Teacher Certification in New Hampshire

The increase of English as Second Language (ESL) students in schools has resulted in a need for ESL teachers in New Hampshire. The New Hampshire Department of Education (NHDOE) oversees the credentialing process to ensure that candidates applying to be an ESL teacher are qualified for the position. The Bureau of Credentialing Division of the NHDOE issued a memo on August 5, 2019 listing the critical shortage of ESL teachers in the state. The NHDOE has made changes to their licensing procedures in order to expedite the application process.

Education/Experience Required' Bachelor's Degree
Exam Requirements Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Exam (5712), (5722), (5732) and Praxis English to Speakers of Other Languages Exam (5362),
Certification Renewal Period 5 Years
Professional Development Hours Required for Renewal 75
Average Salary $58,230 Elementary, $57,640 Middle School, $61,510 High School (New Hampshire Stats as of May 2018)*
Estimated Job Growth 7% Elementary, 8% Middle & High School (National Stats 2016 to 2026)*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Education and Preparation

The minimum education requirement to be an ESL teacher in New Hampshire is a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited university. Candidates are also required to complete a teacher preparation program that provides educators with the needed skills to work in a classroom setting. Completing a degree program like the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) degree fulfills the degree and teaching preparation program requirements required for a teaching certification in New Hampshire. If the candidate holds a degree that is not a TESOL, they will need to apply and complete an NHDOE approved professional educator program to obtain certification. A list of approved NHDOE professional educator programs is available on the NHDOE website.

Exam

ESL Teacher Certification candidates that have successfully completed a TESOL degree and teacher preparation program will be referred for their licensing exam. Students who do not have the TESOL degree need to submit a Test Evaluation Request to the NHDOE in order to take the exams needed. All ESL teacher certification candidates will take the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Exam (5712), (5722), (5732) and each cost $90 to take. Candidates for ESL certification will also take the Praxis English to Speakers of Other Languages Exam (5362), and cost $120 to take. Information on testing dates, locations, practice guides and registration can be found on the ETS Praxis testing website.

Application

After all education, training and exams are successfully fulfilled, the candidate will need to complete the application process on the NHDOE website, during which, they will be required to create a myNHDOE account. Once a user account is setup, the candidate will click on the Apply for Credential link to submit a payment of $130 and complete the section on the conduct and ethics acknowledgement. As of November 15, 2018, all candidates must submit credentialing materials through their myNHDOE account, which shortens the review process to 60 days. New Hampshire teachers are required to renew teaching certifications every three years and complete 75 hours of professional development to qualify for renewal.

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