New Hampshire Substitute Teaching License

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New Hampshire School Administrative Units (SAUs) hold the responsibility of screening and hiring substitute teachers, rather than the Department of Education. They hire substitute teachers for all school districts in that unit. A listing of school districts and their corresponding SAUs may be found here.

Each School Administrative Unit sets its own pay rates for substitutes, so these vary statewide. Some SAUs require long-term substitutes (that is, those who work for more than 30 consecutive days in the same position) to hold a teaching certificate. Check with your SAU for details.

Because there is currently a shortage of substitute teachers in New Hampshire, applications are always being accepted and there are no deadlines.


Education Requirements

You must have a high school diploma or GED in order to substitute teach in New Hampshire.

Want to learn how to earn a professional teaching certification? Contact schools offering teaching certification programs in New Hampshire.



No experience is required in order to substitute teach in New Hampshire. However, SAUs may look more favorably upon applicants with some experience working with children.


Criminal History Background Check

As an applicant for a substitute teacher position in New Hampshire, your employment history, criminal arrests and conviction records with any local, state, or federal agency will be checked. References will also be checked thoroughly. You will be given more information on this process when you submit your application for substitute teaching to an SAU.


Contact Information

Check with the School Administrative Unit responsible for the school district in which you wish to substitute teach for more information.