Our Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification (PBTC) program is designed for students who have completed a bachelor’s degree and are seeking New Hampshire Teaching Certification.

The PBTC program offers teacher certification with concentrations in the critical shortage area for teachers in the State of New Hampshire. We also offer additional certifications for already certified teachers. Those holding an initial teaching certification can earn additional or advanced certifications in as few as 18-29 credits.

Online disclaimer: Students who reside outside New Hampshire and plan to enroll in Granite State College certification programs are responsible for verifying that the program meets requirements for licensure for educator certification in their state. Some states may have additional requirements and different certification areas. Visit Online Programs by State for details.

Program Details

Applications for admission are accepted on a rolling basis, with the opportunity to begin studies during the Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer terms.

Learn more about our requirements to begin the admission process and gain full admission status.

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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 (NH DOE will review scores and issue a waiver). Candidates who have not taken the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators will be expected to submit passing scores, NH DOE Waiver, or current NH DOE Teaching Certification by completion of EDU 700 Introduction to Field Experience and Program Requirements. Information, practice tests, practice guides and registration for the test is available at: www.ets.org/praxis. Additional study options are available on our resource page.

Praxis II Subject Assessments

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

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

  • Take the Praxis II Subject Assessment exam for one or more of these areas:  Elementary Education, math, English language arts, social studies, or science.The NH DOE requires all teachers who provide direct instruction to be HQT.

The Praxis II Subject Assessment is typically taken near the completion of your program (prior to EDU 750). 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.

The Pearson Foundations of Reading Exam is required for Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Reading Writing Teacher and Specialist Certifications.

One of the most unique and valuable traits of our PBTC programs is the field-based component.

Candidates need to be working or volunteering* in an approved school or program during most of their tenure in the program.

Those seeking initial teacher certification work as paraeducators, classroom aides, assistants, or Alternative 4 teachers within public or private schools and programs in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, or Vermont.

*Minimum volunteering requirement: 10 hours per week.

Candidates for initial certification are required to document a minimum of 360 supervised teaching hours for one certification and a minimum of 440 supervised hours for two certifications.

Experiences in inclusive classrooms working with students in the grades or age ranges of your certification are a requirement of the program. For certifications that cover a broader range of grades or age ranges, candidates must spend a minimum of 10 hours working with each population.

  • Early Childhood Special Education / Early Childhood Education age ranges: 0-2, 3-4 and 5-8
  • Elementary Education grade levels: K-4 and 5-8
  • General Special Education and English for Speakers of Other Languages grade levels: K-4, 5-8 and 9-12
In this field-based program, candidates work with three mentors throughout their plan of study:

  • Granite State College professor
  • Field Placement Faculty
  • Supervising Teacher in the School/Program (chosen by the candidate, this mentor should be an experienced teacher who holds the certification being sought)

The Field Placement Faculty will observe the teacher candidate for the methods courses listed in the provided chart.

Each of these courses has an additional $250 fee to cover the on-going supervision and support of the field-based experience. Candidates will be required to teach lessons and be observed by the Field Placement Faculty.

Please check the Catalog for a full listing of PBTC Methods Courses that require a field-based mentor.

Flexible Schedules
Read more about our Online Flexibility.

There are several ways to plan your course and earn a dual certification. Ask us about our credit-efficient options for earning two certifications. It typically only takes about 2-5 courses to make this goal a reality! In addition, up to 24 credits will transfer into our M.S. School Leadership in Instruction and Leadership.

Professional Development

We provide a variety of ongoing professional development opportunities for all teachers regardless of endorsement area. The continuing education hours associated with the workshops can be applied toward your license.

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Attend a PBTC Information Session

We have Info Sessions regularly scheduled online and at our locations across New Hampshire.

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