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Educational Managers

To address its shortage of principals, New Hampshire has devised alternative routes to certification. The traditional path for principal certification in New Hampshire requires at least three years of successful experience as a teacher or education specialist, completion of a state-approved principal preparation program, and recommendations for certification. An alternative path requires that the candidate demonstrate the required competencies, knowledge, and skills through experience in comparable leadership positions in education or other fields. If a school district wants to employ an administrator who is not fully certified, the state can issue a one year Permission to Employ, giving the person one year to complete certification requirements.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the estimated mean annual wage for preschool and childcare administrators in New Hampshire was $42,060 in May 2008, higher than the nationwide mean of $46,370. For elementary and secondary administrators the New Hampshire mean was $73,330, compared to the nationwide mean of $86,060.

Technology Education in New Hampshire

New Hampshire has a statewide online virtual high school that uses the latest Internet technologies to provide high school students with access to a rigorous, personalized education. The online charter school is free for all students in New Hampshire; out of state students pay tuition. Students may enroll full or part time. The school is an approved New Hampshire public school with courses taught by New Hampshire certified instructors. It received an Advocacy Award at the New England Conference on Gifted and Talented in October 2009.

A few New Hampshire schools offer online classes through agreements with out-of-state providers. However, these classes depend on resources provided by the school district, which may include reciprocal teacher loaning. New Hampshire's Virtual Learning Academy Charter School does not require local school districts to loan teachers.

The Center for Digital Education ranked New Hampshire 36th among the states for its policies and practices that support online education.

Curriculum and Instruction

A curriculum administrator directs the curriculum, instruction, and assessment activities of a school district or administrative unit. To be certified as a curriculum administrator in New Hampshire, an educator must have at least a master's degree in curriculum and instruction or in education with additional coursework in curriculum and assessment plus three years of experience as an educator or have acquired the required knowledge, competencies, and skills through comparable positions.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the mean annual salary of instructional coordinators in New Hampshire in May 2008 was $58,510, slightly lower than the nationwide mean of $59,780.

Teacher's Aides in New Hampshire

New Hampshire is one of eleven states that have paraprofessional development programs. It is also one of twelve states that have requirements for paraprofessionals that exceed federal requirements.

To maintain certification in New Hampshire, teacher's aides must acquire at least 50 professional development continuing education units during the three years preceding the date of application for recertification.

The estimated mean annual salary for teaching assistants in New Hampshire was $24,920 in May 2008, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The nationwide mean was $23,560.

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