State Profile

School Leader Certification and Preparation Programs

State Profile - New Hampshire

April 2018

 


The data included in this 50-state comparison is specific to school leader preparation program and certification requirements. There may be additional requirements that are not indicated. For additional information, questions or comments, please contact Deven Scott at dscott@ecs.org


Standards
Has the state adopted leadership standards? Yes. New Hampshire has adopted principal skills, competencies and knowledge standards. NH ADC ED 506.04
Preparation
Which state entity approves traditional school leader preparation programs? New Hampshire State Board of Education NH ADC ED 602.15
Does state policy require school leader preparation programs to align with adopted standards? Yes. School principal preparation programs must align with adopted principal skills, competencies and knowledge standards. NH ADC ED 614.04
Does state policy require field experience as part of school leader preparation programs? Yes. School principal preparation programs must provide varied field experience. State policy provides additional requirements. However, no hour requirement was found. NH ADC ED 604.04
Does state policy allow for innovative or experimental preparation programs? No state policy found.
Certification and Licensure
What are the initial school leader certification requirements? To qualify for a certification as Principal Instructional Leader, a candidate must:
  • Complete a board-approved master's program in educational leadership and receive institutional recommendation, complete a master's program in education and demonstrate leadership competencies or complete a master's program and demonstrate experience in comparable education leadership positions in education or other professions, as defined
  • Have at least five years of experience as an educator.
NH ADC ED 506.04
What are the requirements for school leaders licensed out-of-state? There are two certificates for out-of-state applicants:

Alternative 2A: Out-of-state applicants holding a valid, comparable certificate issued by a NASDTEC member state and who have three years of educational experience, within the last seven years, may be issued an Alternative 2A Certificate.

Alternative 2B: Out-of-state applicants holding a valid, comparable certificate issued by non-NASDTEC member state and who have at least three years of experience as an educator, within in the last seven years, may be issued an Alternative 2B Certificate.
NH ADC ED 505.02
Is there an alternative route to initial certification? An Alternative 3A License may be issued to candidates who undergo a rigorous portfolio and oral examination process to ensure they have gained necessary competencies, skills and knowledge required for certification in an administrator role through a means other than the completion of an approved educator preparation program. State policy provides additional requirements. NH ADC ED 602.14

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