Statement of Eligibility (SOE) Requirements

 

An issued Statement of Eligibility informs a New Hampshire employer that you have met the minimum requirements to be hired in the role of the endorsement sought and begin the Site-Based Licensing Plan process.

General Information

Employment

  • A New Hampshire Senior Educational Official may hire a candidate who holds a Statement of Eligibility (SOE) to fill a position in the endorsement area for which they hold the SOE and continues employment while pursuing full licensure under an Intern Authorization.

 

  • An SOE is NOT an authorization for continued employment or a full license. A Beginning of Plan must be submitted/approved and an Intern Authorization issued for continued employment.

 

  • SOE’s are often not appropriate for long-term subs (more than 20 consecutive days/less than 1 year) or 1 year positions as the process is time/effort intensive and a plan will likely not be able to be completed during a long-term sub/1 year position.

Completing a Plan

  • An SOE is only valid for 3 years. If full licensure is not completed under an Intern Authorization during this time, a new SOE must be applied for/issued.

 

 

  • Additional subject testing may be required while under an Intern Authorization for full licensure.

 

  • The Site-Based Licensing Plan process leads to the same license as completion of an approved educator preparation program and should be as rigorous.

Requirements for all SOE’s

Candidates applying for an SOE must:

  • hold at least a conferred Bachelor’s degree (some endorsements require advanced degrees), AND

  • have successfully met the Basic Academic Skills Assessment (if required)

  • Career and Technical Education Specialty Area endorsement requirements differ. Please see below for further information.

  • Meet specific endorsement requirements (see below)

To submit:

  • Application Instructions

  • Transcript(s) with registrar’s signature

  • Documentation of meeting Basic Academic Skills Assessment (if required)

  • Specific endorsement requirements (documentation required if applicable)

    • Experience: employer verified letter

    • Coursework and degrees: transcript with registrar’s signature

    • Test Scores: test score report with applicant’s identifying information

From your ETS-Praxis account, use the EPP Test Requirements link to display all tests available through ETS. For tests being used only to obtain an SOE that are not required for full licensure, do not choose NHDOE as a recipient of scores otherwise the test will not show up on the list. Instead, obtain a PDF of your test score report once available from ETS and upload the PDF to your myNHDOE/EIS account.

Specific Endorsement Requirements for an SOE

Endorsements Available and Requirements use as reference to review competency requirements for coursework required below as applicable

 

Business Administrator (SOE/BUSAD)

  • Passed 4 college-level courses in business

Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Business by plan completion


Career and Technical Education (CTE) Specialty Areas (SOE/CTESA)

Complete list of CTE Specialty endorsements available

Basic Academic Skills Assessment requirement:
If the Basic Academic Skills Assessment requirement has not yet been met:

Career and Technical Specialty area candidates must take the Praxis Core Academic Skills test prior to applying for an SOE (if the scores are not passing, the candidate will need to address the areas of the test not passed in the Beginning of Plan Individualized Professional Development Plan (BOP IPDP)).
OR
Submit an experience letter documenting 3 years of full time experience in the area for which licensure is sought AND a copy of a current industry-recognized credential appropriate to the CTE specialty area in which licensure is sought and approved by the DOE.

Degree/Experience requirement:
Documentation of Bachelor’s degree or higher in the career and technical education-related area of the endorsement, OR
Documentation of 1 year of employer verified, full time work experience in the career and technical education-related area of the endorsement AND completion of at least a 2-year career and technical program in the area of endorsement, OR
Documentation of 2 years’ employer verified, full time work experience in the career and technical education-related area of the endorsement AND a high school diploma or equivalent, OR
Completion of at least a 2-year career and technical program in the area of endorsement AND copy of corresponding industry credential approved by the DOE, if applicable.


Critical Shortage (SOE/SHORT)

Student Loan deferment and cancellation:
Endorsements eligible for deferment and cancellation of some student loans can be found here: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/pol/tsa.html

 

Assistant Superintendent

  • Passed at least 2 college-level courses meeting the competency requirements of Ed 506.01, OR

  • Passed Praxis 5412 Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision (score 146) or comparable test

Application for an SOE and meeting the requirements above will result in issuance of a full endorsement of Assistant Superintendent (no SOE/plan/Intern Authorization needed).

A candidate employed as an Assistant Superintendent shall meet the requirements of Ed 506.01 Superintendent within 3 years of the issuance of an Assistant Superintendent endorsement. During this 3-year period, the candidate may remain employed as an assistant superintendent.

Associate Principal

  • completed 3 years of experience as an educator, AND

  • completed an approved educator’s preparation Master’s program in School Administration/Leadership, enrolled in such a program, or hold a Bachelor’s degree in Education, AND

  • Passed at least 2 college-level courses meeting the competency requirements of Ed 506.04, OR

  • Passed Praxis 5412 Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision (score 146) or comparable test

Application for an SOE and meeting the requirements above will result in issuance of a full endorsement of Associate Principal (no SOE/plan/Intern Authorization needed). The Associate Principal endorsement is renewable.

Career and Technical Education Director

  • Passed at least 2 college-level courses meeting the competency requirements of Ed 506.09, OR

  • Passed Praxis 5412 Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision (score 146) or comparable test

Master’s degree in Education, Educational Leadership or related area required by plan completion.

Curriculum Administrator

  • Passed at least 2 college-level courses meeting the competency requirements of Ed 506.05, OR

  • Passed Praxis 5412 Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision (score 146) or comparable test, AND

  • Must have at least 5 years of experience as a classroom teacher

Master’s degree in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment; Education; or a related area required by plan completion.

School Counseling Director

  • Passed at least 2 college-level courses meeting the competency requirements of Ed 506.10, OR

  • Passed Praxis 5412 Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision (score 146) or comparable test, AND

  • Hold current NH licensure as a school counselor, AND

  • Must have at least one year of experience as a School Counselor. If Counselor does not have 3 years of School Counseling experience, the candidate must remain on the Intern Authorization to complete the 3 years of experience required for licensure.

Master’s degree in School Counseling, Counseling, Mental Health, Psychology or Social Work required by plan completion.

Special Education Administrator

  • Passed at least 2 college-level courses meeting the competency requirements of Ed 506.07, OR

  • Passed Praxis 5412 Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision (score 146) or comparable test, AND

  • Must have at least 2 years of experience in a Special Education related field. If Special Education experience does not include 5 years of Special Education experience, the candidate must remain on the Intern Authorization to complete the 5 years of Special Education experience required for licensure.

    Special Education related roles include: special education teacher, speech-language pathologist or specialist, school psychologist, blind and vision impairment, deaf and hard of hearing, specific learning disabilities, intellectual and developmental disabilities, physical and health disabilities, and emotional and behavioral disabilities.

Master’s degree in a Special Education-related field by plan completion.

 

Educational Interpreter/Transliterator
Hold a minimum of an Associate’s Degree, AND
Meet one of the following entry level requirements:

  • Receive a passing score on the NH Vocational Rehabilitation Interpreter screening assessment, OR

  • Receive a passing grade on the practical examination in signing for the EIPA Performance Test (EIPA-PT), OR

  • Hold a current National Interpreter Certification from either the Registry of Interpreters of the Deaf (RID) or National Association of the Deaf (NAD) certification score of at least level III

Library Media Coordinator

  • Completed a minimum of 3 years’ experience as a Library Media Specialist as documented by positive recommendations or evaluations from the candidate’s supervisor(s) which demonstrate that the candidate has acquired the competencies of a Library Media Specialist

  • Passed at least 2 college-level courses meeting the competency requirements of Ed 508.06, OR

  • Passed Praxis 5412 Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision (score 146) or comparable test

Master’s degree in Library Science, Library and Information studies, or a closely related field, such as Education, required by plan completion.

School Counselor

  • Passed at least 2 college-level courses in counseling, OR

  • Passed Praxis 5421 Professional School Counselor (score 156) or comparable test

Master’s degree in School Counseling, Counseling, Mental Health, Psychology or Social Work by plan completion.

School Psychologist

  • Valid current professional license as a Psychologist, Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) or Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCHMC), OR

  • Enrolled in a graduate program leading to PhD, CAGS, Educational Specialist or Master’s in School Psychology with documentation of passing graduate level college coursework in advanced human development, psychopathology, counseling theory and practice and at least 9 credits in assessing Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Emotional and Behavioral Disorders and Specific Learning Disabilities

School Social Worker

  • Passed at least 2 college-level courses in social work

Master’s degree in School Social Work or Social Work by plan completion.

School Speech-Language Specialist

  • Passed at least 2 college-level courses in speech-language pathology

Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology or Communication Sciences/Disorders by plan completion.

 

Digital Learning Specialist

  • Passed at least 2 college-level courses in Information and Communication Technology

Elementary Mathematics Specialist (K-6)

  • Passed at least 2 college-level courses in mathematics, OR

  • Passed Praxis 5169 Middle School Mathematics (score 165) or comparable test, AND

  • Must have completed at least 3 years of successful classroom teaching of mathematics within grades PK-6.

Master’s degree in Mathematics, Education or a related field by plan completion.

Library Media Specialist

  • Passed at least 2 college-level courses in Library and Information Science, OR

  • Passed Praxis 5311 Library Media Specialist (score 148) or comparable test

Reading and Writing Specialist

  • Passed at least 2 college-level courses in reading instruction/diagnostic assessment, OR

  • Passing scores on Pearson Foundations of Reading (score 240) or comparable test, AND

  • Must have at least 3 years of classroom teaching experience

Master’s degree in Literacy or related area by plan completion.

 

Blind and Vision Disabilities

  • Documentation of fluency in reading and writing in Braille, AND

  • Passed at least 2 college-level courses specifically in the specialty area of Blind and Vision Disabilities, OR

  • Passed Praxis 5282 Special Education: Teaching Students with Visual Impairments (score 163) or comparable test

Chemistry (7-12)

  • Passed at least 2 college-level courses in chemistry, including a laboratory experience, OR

  • Passed Praxis 5245 Chemistry: Content Knowledge (score 153) or comparable test

Comprehensive Agricultural Education

  • Passed at least 2 college-level courses in agriculture, OR

  • Passed Praxis 5701 Agriculture (score 147) or comparable test

Comprehensive Business Education

  • Passed at least 1 college-level courses in at least 2 of the program areas:
    Accounting
    Management and administration
    Business Communication
    Business Law
    Entrepreneurship
    Financial literacy
    Finance and economic systems
    International business
    Information systems and technology applications
    Marketing, OR

  • Passed Praxis 5101 Business Education: Content Knowledge (score 154) or comparable test

Comprehensive Family & Consumer Science Education

  • Passed at least 1 college-level course in at least 2 of the program areas:
    Human Growth and Development, or Early Childhood, or Parenting
    Family or Interpersonal Relationships
    Consumer and Resource Management
    Foods, Nutrition, or Wellness, OR

  • Passed Praxis 5122 Family and Consumer Science (score 153) or comparable test

Comprehensive Marketing

  • Passed at least 2 college-level courses in marketing, OR

  • Passed Praxis 5561 Marketing Education (score 157) or comparable test

Computer Science
Computer Science includes algorithms, computing innovations/emerging technologies, programming, data/analysis (encoding, compression, encryption, computational tools), computing systems and networks (hardware/software, program execution, local/network/cloud computing and storage), and cybersecurity.

  • Passed at least 2 college-level courses in computer science, OR

  • Passed Praxis 5652 Computer Science (score 149) or comparable test

Dance

  • Passed at least 2 college-level courses in dance

Deaf and Hearing Disabilities

  • ASL proficiency as described by American Sign Language Teachers’ Association Area 1, “Signing” and “Attending,” OR

  • ASL mastery equivalent to proficiency Level 3 as described by Gallaudet University’s ASL Proficiency Interview Diagnostics, AND

  • Passed at least 2 college course in the area of Deaf and Hearing disabilities, OR

  • Passed Praxis 5272 Special Education: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students (score 160) or comparable test

Early Childhood Special Education Teacher (N-3)

  • Passed at least 2 college courses in Special Education and passed at least 1 college course in Reading Instruction and 1 college course in Developmental Psychology, OR

  • Passed Praxis 5691 Special Education: Preschool/Early Childhood (score 159) or comparable test, OR

  • Hold valid endorsements for Special Education Teacher AND Early Childhood Education on a valid Beginning Educator or Experienced Educator License

Earth and Space Science (7-12)

  • Passed at least 2 college-level courses in earth and space science, OR

  • Passed Praxis 5571 Earth and Space Sciences: Content Knowledge (score 148 ) or comparable test

Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities

  • Passed at least 2 college-level course specifically in the specialty area of Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities, OR

  • Passed Praxis 5372 Special Education: Teaching Students with Behavioral Disorders/Emotional Disturbances (score 154) or comparable test

Full licensure in Special Education Teacher or Early Childhood Special Education Teacher (N-3) required.

English (5-8)

  • Passed at least 2 college-level courses in English, OR

  • Passed Praxis 5047 Middle School English Language Arts (score 164) or comparable test

English (5-12)

  • Passed at least 2 college-level courses in English, OR

  • Passed Praxis 5039 English Language Arts: Content and Analysis (score 168) or comparable test

English for Speakers of Other Languages

  • Passed 1 college-level course in language acquisition/development and 1 English as a Second Language college-level course, or 2 college-level courses in the same foreign language, OR

  • Documentation of competence in reading, writing, and speaking a foreign language at a minimum level of Intermediate High according to the 2012 ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines, OR

  • Passed Praxis 5362 English to Speakers of Other Languages (score 155) or comparable test

  • AND for foreign language native speakers: Documentation of English Language Competence through local evaluation (please contact our office for additional information)

Health Education

  • Passed at least 1 college-level course in at least 2 of the program areas:
    Substance use and abuse
    Injury and violence prevention safety
    Healthful eating and nutrition concepts
    Family life and healthy relationships
    Comprehensive sexuality education
    Behavioral and emotional health
    Personal, community, and consumer health, OR

  • Passed Praxis 5551 Health Education (score 155) or comparable test

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

  • Passed at least 2 college-level courses specifically in the specialty area of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, OR

  • Passed Praxis 5322 Special Education: Teaching Students with Intellectual Disabilities (score 156) or comparable test

Full licensure in Special Education Teacher or Early Childhood Special Education Teacher (N-3) required.

Life Science (7-12)

  • Passed at least 2 college-level courses in life science, including a laboratory experience, OR

  • Passed Praxis 5235 Biology: Content Knowledge (score 153) or comparable test

Mathematics, Middle Level (to Algebra I/Integrated I)

  • Passed at least 2 college-level courses in mathematics, at least 1 of which is a college algebra course or comparable course, OR

  • Passed Praxis 5169 Middle School Mathematics (score 165) or comparable test

Mathematics, Upper Level (Pre-Algebra to AP Math)

  • Passed at least 2 college-level courses in mathematics, at least 1 of which is a calculus course or comparable course, OR

  • Passed Praxis 5161 Mathematics: Content Knowledge (score 160) or comparable test

Music Education

  • Passed at least 2 college-level courses in music, OR

  • Passed Praxis 5113 Music: Content Knowledge (score 161) or comparable test

Physical Education

  • Passed at least 2 college-level courses (full semester - comparable to a 3 credit course) in physical education, OR

  • Passed Praxis 5095 Physical Education: Content and Design (score 169) or comparable test

Physical Science (7-12)

  • Passed at least 2 college-level courses in physical science (1 chemistry and 1 physics), including a laboratory experience, OR

  • Passed Praxis 5245 Chemistry: Content Knowledge (score 153), OR 5435 General Science: Content Knowledge (score 147), OR 5265 Physics: Content Knowledge (score 146) or comparable test

Physics (7-12)

  • Passed at least 2 college-level courses in physics, including a laboratory experience, OR

  • Passed Praxis 5265 Physics: Content Knowledge (score 146) or comparable test

Reading and Writing Teacher

  • Passed at least 2 college-level courses in reading instruction, OR

  • Passed Pearson Foundations of Reading (score 240) or comparable test, AND

  • Must have completed at least 2 years of successful classroom teaching experience while holding an educator credential

Science (5-8)

  • Passed at least 2 college-level courses in science (earth/space, physical or life science), OR

  • Passed Praxis 5440 Middle School Science (score 150) or comparable test

Social Studies (5-8)
Social Studies includes history, civics, government, economics, geography, anthropology, psychology, sociology.

  • Passed at least 2 college-level courses in social studies, OR

  • Passed Praxis 5089 Middle School Social Studies (score 153) or comparable test

Social Studies (5-12)
Social Studies includes history, civics, government, economics, geography, anthropology, psychology, sociology.

  • Passed at least 2 college-level courses in social studies, OR

  • Passed Praxis 5086 Social Studies: Content and Interpretation (score 153) or comparable test

Special Education Teacher

  • Passed at least 2 college-level courses in special education, OR

  • Passed Praxis 5354 Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications (score 151) or comparable test

Specific Learning Disabilities

  • Passed at least 2 college-level course specifically in the specialty area of Specific Learning Disabilities, OR

  • Passed Praxis 5383 Special Education: Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities (score 151) or comparable test

Full licensure in Special Education Teacher or Early Childhood Special Education Teacher (N-3) required.

Technology and Engineering

  • Passed at least 1 college-level course in at least 1 of the program areas:
    Medical technologies
    Agricultural technologies
    Biotechnologies
    Energy, power, and transmission technologies
    Information and communications technologies
    Transportation technologies
    Manufacturing technologies
    Construction technologies
    New and emerging technologies
    Engineering principles and design, OR

  • Passed Praxis 5051 Technology Education (score 159) or comparable test

Theatre
Theatre includes play analysis, production, playwriting, acting, directing, technical theatre and design (i.e. scenery/set construction, make-up, costumes, lighting and sound), theatre history/culture/social meanings.

  • Passed at least 2 college-level courses in theatre, OR

  • Passed Praxis 5641 Theater (score 155) or comparable test

Visual Arts Education
Visual Arts includes drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, digital and electronic technologies, fiber arts, photography, mixed media/materials, cultural art forms, jewelry, installation and non-traditional materials.

  • Passed at least 2 college-level courses in visual arts, OR

  • Passed Praxis 5134 Art: Content Knowledge (score 158) or comparable test

World Languages Teacher:

Arabic, Chinese, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Swedish

  • Passed at least 2 college-level courses in the corresponding endorsement area language, OR

  • Passed the corresponding language Praxis 5601 Latin (score 156), 5665 Chinese (Mandarin): World Language (score 155), 5174 French:World Language (score 162), 5183 German: World Language (score 163), 5195 Spanish: World Language (score 168), or comparable test

American Sign Language

  • At least 2 years’ experience using ASL, AND

  • One of the following:

    • ASL proficiency as described by American Sign Language Teachers’ Association Area 1 (2014), “Signing” and “Attending,” as specified in Appendix II, OR

    • ASL mastery equivalent to proficiency level 3 as described by Gallaudet University’s ASL Proficiency Interview Diagnostics


Elementary Education (K-6) and Early Childhood Education (N-3) (SOE/EEECE)

  • Passed at least 2 college-level content courses each in Mathematics, English, Social Studies and Science


Elementary Education (K-8) (SOE/EEK8)

  • Passed at least 2 college-level content courses each in Mathematics, English, Social Studies and Science and at least 3 additional college-level content courses for a concentration of coursework in one of those areas


New Endorsements (5 years from effective date of a new endorsement rule) (SOE/NEWEND)

Computer Science (new endorsement effective 11/14/2017, eligible until 11/13/2022)

Computer Science includes algorithms, computing innovations/emerging technologies, programming, data/analysis (encoding, compression, encryption, computational tools), computing systems and networks (hardware/software, program execution, local/network/cloud computing and storage), and cybersecurity.

  • Bachelor’s degree


Teacher Endorsements (SOE/CLGCRS)

  • Passed 10 college-level courses in the endorsement area

  • Complete list of Teacher endorsements available

  • For Reading and Writing Teacher: must have completed at least 2 years of successful classroom teaching experience while holding an educator credential


No Other Available Pathway (SOE/NOPATH)

Currently there are no NH endorsements that meet this criteria.