Granite State College: University System of New Hampshire

Additional Requirements for Post-Baccalaureate Programs


In addition to minimum NH Department of Education general education requirements, GSC has the following prerequisites for our programs:

For those who hold a bachelor’s degree and are seeking initial teaching certification, you must possess:

  • College-level knowledge in Human Growth and Development
  • Foundations of Education

These requirements will be assessed and satisfied by reviewing the student’s transcript, completing additional course work, or can be proven through CLEP, DSST, or other post-secondary exams.



Praxis Exam Details

Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators
The State of NH requires all teachers to pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators, unless they have scored in the 50th percentile or above in the SAT after 2005, GRE, or ACT tests. Candidates who have not taken the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators will be expected to submit passing scores during EDU 700 Introduction to Field Experience and Program Requirements. Information, practice tests, practice guides and registration for the test is available at:

Praxis II
In order to earn your certification, the State of NH requires all teachers to pass the Praxis II in their subject area: Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Mathematics, and specific content areas.

If no Praxis II is offered in your certification, you can achieve Highly Qualified Teacher (HQT) status and provide direct classroom instruction in a school:

  • Take the Praxis II exam for one of these content areas: math, English language arts, social studies, or science.

    Highly recommended: Many school districts now require this to achieve HQT status.

The Praxis II is typically taken near the completion of your program. For those who seek HQT status in a content area for General Special Education, you may take the Praxis II in your chosen area whenever you are ready.