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About the Division of Educator Support and Higher Education

The Division of Educator Support and Higher Education oversees licensing for all New Hampshire educators, provides transcripts for now-closed colleges, provides oversight of postsecondary educator preparation programs, approves postsecondary institutions to accept VA funds, licenses career schools, and coordinates the Higher Education Commission which oversees private and out-of-state institutions of higher education serving New Hampshire students.

Stephen Appleby was confirmed by the Executive Council as Director of the Division of Educator Support and Higher Education on November 25, 2019. Prior to that, Appleby had served as the Administrator of the Bureau of Credentialing since July 2018.

For almost 20 years, Appleby owned and operated New Horizons Computer Learning Centers in Nashua, a New Hampshire licensed career school providing IT and project management training to companies, governments, and individuals. He was co-founder of the New Hampshire Council of Professional Education, a 501(c)3 organization representing licensed career schools throughout the Granite State.

At the Bureau of Credentialing, Appleby oversaw the updating of the state’s new educator credentialing portal, the Educator Information System (EIS). The new, paperless EIS allows more than 27,000 educators across New Hampshire to track their credentials status online and receive digital credentials, providing faster, cheaper service. Appleby crafted a proposal adopted by the State Board of Education September 10, 2020 that dramatically lowers licensing and renewal fees for most New Hampshire educators.