The University of New Hampshire (or any other institution of higher education for that matter) does not license a teacher. Only the state has the authority to issue a license. A teacher candidate who wishes to be licensed in New Hampshire must file an application with the Bureau of Teacher Education and Professional Standards in Concord. Applications are available at the UNH Department of Education.
Those recommended by the University are eligible for either a beginning educator license or an experienced educator license. The former is issued for three years to those students who have completed the four-year undergraduate option. The experienced educator license is issued for three years to those students who have completed the full-year teaching internship.
Areas of Teacher Licensure at UNH
The University of New Hampshire has state approved programs and is authorized to prepare students for teacher licensing in the following areas:
Agricultural Education (Adult and Occupational Education – AOE)
English as a Second Language
General Special Education
Middle School and/or High School Mathematics*
Nursery/Kindergarten (four-year program only)
Physical Education (K-12)*
Speech and Drama (Departments of Communication; Theater and Dance)
Trades and Industry (Program in AOE)
Vocational Education/Agricultural Occupations (Programs in AOE)
*A four-year undergraduate program, as well as a five-year undergraduate/graduate program is available in these specialized subject areas.
Interstate Certification Compact
The various programs of teacher education described here have all been approved by the State of New Hampshire. The state participates in a reciprocal agreement with many other states called the Interstate Certification Compact (ICC). Through the ICC, a graduate of UNH's teacher education program may be licensed in a number of other states as well. Some of these states may have additional requirements. Graduates should contact the appropriate State Department of Education. It should be noted that even in those states not presently within the interstate agreement, initial licensing may require only minimal additional work. The following states participate in the ICC:*
Alabama Delaware Illinois Michigan Ohio Texas
Arizona District of Columbia Indiana Montana Oregon Utah
Arkansas Florida Kentucky New Jersey Pennsylvania Vermont
California Georgia Maine Nevada Rhode Island Virginia
Colorado Hawaii Maryland New York South Carolina Washington
Connecticut Idaho Massachusetts North Carolina Tennessee West Virginia
*ICCQOEP update 5/96.