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Professional Educator Preparation Program Approval

The purposes of professional educator preparation program approval are to ensure that all future educators in New Hampshire are highly qualified and well prepared to serve all students effectively. Preparation programs utilize data on their students’ preparedness for professional practice and other essential indicators for continuous program improvement.

Fifteen IHEs in New Hampshire each offer one or more approved professional educator preparation programs.

Administrative Rules for Program Approval

An administrative "rule" is defined as a regulation or standard adopted by an agency to implement or make specific a law enforced or administered by the agency; or interpret a procedure or practice requirement binding on persons outside the agency. Rules shall be valid and binding on persons they affect, and shall have the force of law unless amended or revised.

Rulemaking is therefore lawmaking, in areas which the legislature has decided are too specific or too detailed to be handled by legislation.

Council for Teacher Education

The program approval process is advised by the New Hampshire Council for Teacher Education (CTE). For every program approval site visit, two CTE members serve as co-chairs for the review team that conducts the visit.

Manuals and Related Materials for IHEs


The New Hampshire Department of Education is seeking program reviewers to serve on an upcoming assessment team at one of New Hampshire's 15 institutions that prepare professional educators. Those who conduct reviews of educator preparation programs are experienced and certified P-12 educators or post-secondary educators who prepare future educators in the program areas being assessed. Reviewers will be expected to volunteer their services and will earn up to 40 CEUs. Program reviewers indicate that reviewing preparation programs had been a highly rewarding and a significant professional development experience. Those interested in serving as a program reviewer should complete the attached application and return as directed with a current resume.

Site Visit Documents

Resources for IHEs

Worksheets (formerly known as matrices)

IHE Network - The IHE Network is a collaborative of the 15 teacher preparation programs in New Hampshire. After years of informal partnering, collaborating, and exchanging of information.

New Hampshire Summit on Redefining Educator Development for 21st Century Learners

Michael Seidel
Higher Education
Division Director

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