The Road to Teacher Certification

Welcome! When you decide to become a teacher, you are taking on the tremendous responsibility and honor of teaching young people of all ages, nationalities and levels of ability how to understand and interact with our rapidly-changing modern world.

The Holmes Center works with program faculty and clinical educators to prepare students for the Internship in Student Teaching. The Road to Certification outlines the undergraduate certification requirements; there are four milestones called Decision Points. Each Decision Point milestone is a pre-requisite for the one that follows. Undergraduate students should review the four Decision Points. Decision Points I, II and III must be completed prior to registering for the Internship (completed in Decision Point IV). Below are the requirements for all programs.

Note: Additional program-specific requirements may be expected; see the Academic Catalog for more information.

All education programs have minimum GPA requirements to be accepted into Teacher Certification Candidacy. By the end of the semester preceding your internship, you must have the minimum cumulative GPA required by your program.

The New Hampshire State Board of Education on Nov. 8, 2018, approved the Educator Code of Conduct, following the approval of an educator Code of Ethics in June 2018. This combined set of rules and procedures is not in response to any one circumstance or incident, but are designed to build on the high standards of the state’s educators, elevate the education profession, and provide guidance to educators. The NH Codes of Conduct and Ethics apply to all educators in NH, including college students in field work and internships. Read and familiarize yourself with these documents.

The Holmes Center offers pre-teacher candidate orientations several times a year.

Orientation Includes: Meeting Holmes Center staff, Decision Point requirements (especially: Criminal History Record Check and Praxis Core), The Holmes Center website, and Taskstream.

Decision Point I begins in your first year at PSU. This list of requirements must be completed in order to be accepted by the Holmes Center as a teacher candidate. 

Complete the Candidacy Application

This form activates your teacher candidacy file with the Holmes Center including your Taskstream account. Please complete once. 

Declaration of Teacher Candidacy Application Form


Take the Praxis Core Tests

Passing Praxis Core scores in Reading, Writing and Math (as required for teacher candidates) or the test evaluation request are required at least 1 year before the internship begins. Scores must be reported to the Holmes Center.

Praxis Core tests are an assessment of basic skills and are designed to measure proficiency in the areas of reading, writing, and math. The Praxis Core tests should be taken during your first year at PSU and must be passed by meeting the current scores required by the State of New Hampshire. Students must retake and pass any portion of the Praxis Core where the minimum score has not been achieved. There is a period of time required before a test can be retaken, so take these tests right away.

Reading passing score 156, Writing passing score 162, Mathematics passing score 150

Performance at or above a predetermined minimum score (set by the NHDOE) on a nationally recognized test in the areas of reading, writing, and/or mathematics (such as, but not limited to, the SAT, GRE, or ACT) can be used to get a waiver for the Praxis Core requirement. Submit the Test Evaluation Request directly to the NHDOE, as outlined below.

Directions for submitting the Test Evaluation Request are posted on our Praxis Core Requirement page.

Praxis Core Requirement Page


Create a myNHDOE Account & Profile

link to myNHDOE

detailed instructions

Request Two (2) Faculty Evaluations

Faculty Evaluations must be submitted from two PSU faculty members with whom you have taken classes. They do not have to be education professors.

Review the evaluation items (see button below - this is not a letter of recommendation), then thoughtfully choose which of your professors you will ask. Make requests in person, then follow-up with a thank-you email that includes the link to the evaluation (below), your student ID#, and certification program/major.

  Faculty Evaluation Items

  Link to Faculty Evaluation Form

All education programs have minimum GPA requirements to be accepted into Teacher Certification Candidacy. By the end of the semester preceding your internship, you must have the minimum cumulative GPA required by your program.

The NH Codes of Conduct and Ethics apply to all educators in NH, including college students in field work and internships. Read and familiarize yourself with these documents.

Complete the Criminal History Record Check

By NH State Law, A Criminal History Record Check is required for all students who declare candidacy in an educator preparation program. This mandatory criminal history record check must be completed during the second year at PSU and includes both fingerprinting (submitted to the NH Department of Safety) and an application for clearance (submitted to the NH Department of Education).

Criminal Record Check Instructions

Submit the Internship in Teaching Application

The Internship in Teaching Application notifies the Holmes Center that you have completed coursework and Decision Point requirements and are ready to have your internship placement assignment for the following year.  Submit your application a year before your internship semester - February 15 for spring internships and September 15 for fall and year-long internships.

Choose the applicable button below to access the correct application.

fall & spring internships

year-long internships (elementary ed)

All education programs have minimum GPA requirements to be accepted into Teacher Certification Candidacy. By the end of the semester preceding your internship, you must have the minimum cumulative GPA required by your program.

The NH Codes of Conduct and Ethics apply to all educators in NH, including college students in field work and internships. Review these documents and be prepared to ask questions at Seminar I.

The Decision Point III milestone includes matching teacher candidates with mentor teachers. This is arranged by program coordinators and the Holmes Center. Once assigned, teacher candidates (interns) will meet with mentors to introduce themselves and begin the exciting task of building relationships. The Internship in Teaching calendar for your internship semester will be posted during your third year. Make sure to record the calendar dates in your planner before the internship semester begins.

Complete & Submit the Confirmation Sheet

The confirmation sheet ensures that the intern, mentor, and placement school administration are all aware and in agreement to fulfill the requirements of the internship in teaching. The completion and submission of this form is the responsibility of the intern.

The completed Internship in Teaching Confirmation Sheet must be submitted to the Holmes Center (digital scan sent via email is acceptable) before the Registrar opens registration for your internship semester.

In addition, teacher candidates are responsible to contact the placement district office (SAU) to complete an additional criminal records check. New Hampshire law requires the SAU to have the criminal record check results in their office before the internship begins.


Attend Seminar I: Preparing for the Internship

Seminar I is required for all interns. The Holmes Center will host a meeting to explain the ins and outs of your internship. Mentors and University Supervisors will experience similar material in their internship overview and training sessions. Seminar I for interns happens the semester before your internship experience and may be held before, during, or after class (with scheduling assistance from faculty) as well as at scheduled, open-to-all sessions.

Seminar I Includes: Overview of your internship calendar, Overview of the Internship in Teaching policies and handbook, Review of the Evaluation Competencies rubrics and Taskstream navigation, Introduction to co-teaching, Attendance, dress code, and lesson planning expectations, and Review of the NH Codes of Conduct and Ethics.

In addition:

Content Area Testing is not required for graduation or for recommendation for licensure. It is, however, required by the NH DOE for most licensure endorsements. Teacher candidates should plan and study for their licensure required content area testing (e.g., Praxis II and Foundations of Reading) before the internship semester, while coursework learning will be freshest (test taking should happen before or during the internship semester. The licensure process will be optimally efficient after the internship, and employment will be available as soon as possible.  

All education programs have minimum GPA requirements to be accepted into Teacher Certification Candidacy. By the end of the semester preceding your internship, you must have the minimum cumulative GPA required by your program.

The NH Codes of Conduct and Ethics apply to all educators in NH, including college students in field work and internships. Review these documents.

Content Area Testing is not required for graduation or for recommendation for licensure. It is, however, required by the NH DOE for most licensure endorsements. Teacher candidates should take their licensure required content area testing (e.g., Praxis II and Foundations of Reading) during the internship semester, while coursework learning will be freshest. The licensure process will be optimally efficient after the internship, and employment will be available as soon as possible.  

Content-area Test Requirements and Instructions

Decision Point IV is the culmination of your Road to Teacher Certification journey. You have worked hard to arrive at this point, and you deserve to make the most of your internship. Take advantage of additional events (such as resume workshop, education job fair, etc.) during your internship. You will find the Internship in Teaching Handbook, Calendar, and further information on the Internship in Teaching webpage.

Register for the Internship

Upon submission of the completed Internship Confirmation Form,  the Holmes Center will complete your registration override. Therefore, Decision Points I and II must also be completed before the date of registration for your internship semester or year.


Apply for Graduation Conferral

You must apply for graduation, even if you do not plan to participate in the graduation ceremony. If not, the Holmes Center will not be notified that you have graduated because the Registrar's office won't know that you want to do so. You will find the information you need to complete your graduation application on the Registrar's "Degree Completion and Diplomas" page.


Attend Seminar II: Preparing for Employment

This seminar is an opportunity to meet with NH superintendents to discuss the hiring process. It is held one time during your internship semester. Educational leaders will share best practices for effective resumes and cover letters as well as coaching for excelling during interviews. Professional Dress is required.


Midterm/Site 1 Evaluation

The Mentor Teacher and University Supervisor will each complete this evaluation after the first seven weeks of the internship. The Internship in Teaching Handbook explains the expectations for evaluation completion. The intern is expected to use the evaluation and feedback received to set competency goals for the remainder of the internship.

Program Specific Evaluations


Final/Site 2 Evaluation

The Mentor Teacher and University Supervisor will each complete this evaluation at the conclusion of the internship. The handbook explains the expectations.


Seminar III: Internship Wrap-Up

At the end of the internship, Holmes Center faculty and staff will host an event to explain the Licensure process and discuss next steps after graduation. This required seminar will also be a celebration of success!

Overview of the NH Licensure Process

The Holmes Center works with program faculty and clinical educators to prepare students for the Internship in Student Teaching. The Road to Certification outlines the graduate licensure requirements; there are four milestones called Decision Points. Each Decision Point milestone is a pre-requisite for the one that follows. Graduate students should review the four Decision Points and begin the process immediately upon accepting admission. Decision Points I, II and III must be completed prior to registering for the Internship (completed in Decision Point IV). Below are the requirements for all programs.

Note: Program-specific requirements may be expected as well; see the Academic Catalog for more information.

All education programs have minimum GPA requirements to be accepted into Teacher Certification Candidacy. By the end of the semester preceding your internship, you must have the minimum cumulative GPA required by your program.

The New Hampshire State Board of Education on Nov. 8, 2018, approved the Educator Code of Conduct, following the approval of an educator Code of Ethics in June 2018. This combined set of rules and procedures is not in response to any one circumstance or incident, but are designed to build on the high standards of the state’s educators, elevate the education profession, and provide guidance to educators. The NH Codes of Conduct and Ethics apply to all educators in NH, including college students in field work and internships. Read and familiarize yourself with these documents.

The Holmes Center clinical coordinator is available to meet with you for an orientation of the road to certification leading to the licensure process. Contact the Holmes Center to set up a meeting at your earliest convenience to learn about the following topics.

Orientation Includes: Meeting Holmes Center staff, Decision Point requirements (especially: Criminal History Record Check and Praxis Core), The Holmes Center website, and Taskstream.

Decision Point I begins right away when you enroll at PSU. This list of requirements must be completed in order to be accepted by the Holmes Center as a teacher candidate. 

Complete the Candidacy Application

This form activates your teacher candidacy file with the Holmes Center including your Taskstream account. Please complete once. Graduate Students should complete this immediately upon acceptance into the program.

Declaration of teacher Candidacy Application Form


Take the Praxis Core Tests

Passing Praxis Core scores in Reading, Writing and Math (as required for teacher candidates) or the test evaluation request are required at least 1 year before the internship begins. Scores must be reported to the Holmes Center.

Praxis Core tests are an assessment of basic skills and are designed to measure proficiency in the areas of reading, writing, and math. The Praxis Core tests should be taken right away upon enrollment in a licensure program at PSU and must be passed by meeting the current scores required by the State of New Hampshire. Students must retake and pass any portion of the Praxis Core where the minimum score has not been achieved. There is a period of time required before a test can be retaken, so take these tests right away.

Reading passing score 156, Writing passing score 162, Mathematics passing score 150

Note: Graduate students holding a current teaching license in NH are exempt from this requirement. School Psychology and School Counseling students are also exempt.

Performance at or above a predetermined minimum score (set by the NHDOE) on a nationally recognized test in the areas of reading, writing, and/or mathematics (such as, but not limited to, the SAT, GRE, or ACT) can be used to get a waiver for the Praxis Core requirement. Submit the Test Evaluation Request directly to the NHDOE, as outlined below.

Directions for submitting the Test Evaluation Request are posted on our Praxis Core Requirement page.

Praxis Core Requirement Page

Create a myNHDOE Account & Profile

You may already have an account. If so, simply provide your EDID number to the Holmes Center (psu-holmescenter@plymouth.edu). Directions for accessing the EDID number are provided below.

link to myNHDOE

detailed instructions

All education programs have minimum GPA requirements to be accepted into Teacher Certification Candidacy. By the end of the semester preceding your internship, you must have the minimum cumulative GPA required by your program.

The NH Codes of Conduct and Ethics apply to all educators in NH, including college students in field work and internships. Read and familiarize yourself with these documents.

Complete the Criminal History Record Check

By NH State Law, A Criminal History Record Check is required for all students who declare candidacy in an educator preparation program. This mandatory criminal history record check must be completed during the second year at PSU and includes both fingerprinting (submitted to the NH Department of Safety) and an application for clearance (submitted to the NH Department of Education).

Criminal Record Check Instructions

Submit the Internship in Teaching Application

The Internship in Teaching Application notifies the Holmes Center that you have completed coursework and Decision Point requirements and are ready to have your internship placement assignment for the following year. 

Choose the applicable button below to access the correct application.

fall & spring internships

year-long internships

All education programs have minimum GPA requirements to be accepted into Teacher Certification Candidacy. By the end of the semester preceding your internship, you must have the minimum cumulative GPA required by your program.

The NH Codes of Conduct and Ethics apply to all educators in NH, including college students in field work and internships. Review these documents and be prepared to ask questions at Seminar I.

The Decision Point III milestone includes matching teacher candidates with mentor teachers. This is arranged by program coordinators and the Holmes Center. Once assigned, teacher candidates (interns) will meet with mentors to introduce themselves and begin the exciting task of building relationships. The Internship in Teaching calendar for your internship semester will be posted during your third year. Make sure to record the calendar dates in your planner before the internship semester begins.

Complete & Submit the Confirmation Sheet

The confirmation sheet ensures that the intern, mentor, and placement school administration are all aware and in agreement to fulfill the requirements of the internship in teaching. The completion and submission of this form is the responsibility of the intern.

The completed Internship in Teaching Confirmation Sheet must be submitted to the Holmes Center (digital scan sent via email is acceptable) before the Registrar opens registration for your internship semester.

In addition, teacher candidates are responsible to contact the placement district office (SAU) to complete an additional criminal records check. New Hampshire law requires the SAU to have the criminal record check results in their office before the internship begins.


Seminar I: Preparing for the Internship

Seminar I is available to all graduate interns, although attendance is not required. Join a scheduled meeting (see semester internship calendars) or contact the Holmes Center to  arrange a private session to explain the ins and outs of your internship.

In addition:

Seminar I Includes: Overview of your internship calendar, Overview of the Internship in Teaching policies and handbook, Review of the Evaluation Competencies rubrics and Taskstream navigation, Introduction to co-teaching, Attendance, dress code, and lesson planning expectations, and Review of the NH Codes of Conduct and Ethics.

Content Area Testing is not required for graduation or for recommendation for licensure. It is, however, required by the NH DOE for most licensure endorsements. Teacher candidates should plan and study for their licensure required content area testing (e.g., Praxis II) before the internship semester, while coursework learning will be freshest (test taking should happen before or during the internship semester. The licensure process will be optimally efficient after the internship, and employment will be available as soon as possible.  

All education programs have minimum GPA requirements to be accepted into Teacher Certification Candidacy. By the end of the semester preceding your internship, you must have the minimum cumulative GPA required by your program.

The NH Codes of Conduct and Ethics apply to all educators in NH, including college students in field work and internships. Review these documents.

Teacher candidates should take their licensure required content area testing (as applicable - e.g., Praxis II and Foundations of Reading) during the internship semester, while coursework learning will be freshest. The licensure process will be optimally efficient after the internship, and employment will be available as soon as possible.  

Content-area Test Requirements and Instructions

Decision Point IV is the culmination of your Road to Teacher Certification journey. You have worked hard to arrive at this point, and you deserve to make the most of your internship. Take advantage of additional events (such as resume workshop, education job fair, etc.) during your internship. You will find the Internship in Teaching Handbook, Calendar, and further information on the Internship in Teaching webpage.

Register for the Internship

Upon submission of the completed Internship Confirmation Form,  the Holmes Center will complete your registration override. Therefore, Decision Points I and II must also be completed before the date of registration for your internship semester or year.


Apply for Graduation Conferral

You must apply for graduation, even if you do not plan to participate in the graduation ceremony. If not, the Holmes Center will not be notified that you have graduated because the Registrar's office won't know that you want to do so. You will find the information you need to complete your graduation application. The link to the online application is found in the menu on your Student Profile, accessed via Self-Service. More information can be found on the Registrar's "Degree Completion and Diplomas" page.

There is a separate application to graduate with certification only (no degree).


Seminar II: Preparing for Employment

This seminar is available to all graduate interns planning to seek employment after completion of the licensure program. It is held one time during both the fall and spring semesters and is an opportunity to meet with NH superintendents to discuss the hiring process. Educational leaders will share best practices for effective resumes and cover letters as well as coaching for excelling during interviews. Professional Dress is required.


Midterm/Site 1 Evaluation

The Mentor Teacher and University Supervisor will each complete this evaluation after the first seven weeks of the internship. The Internship in Teaching Handbook explains the expectations for evaluation completion. The intern is expected to use the evaluation and feedback received to set competency goals for the remainder of the internship.

Program Specific Evaluations


Final/Site 2 Evaluation

The Mentor Teacher and University Supervisor will each complete this evaluation at the conclusion of the internship. The handbook explains the expectations.


Seminar III: Internship Wrap-Up

At the end of the internship, Holmes Center faculty and staff will host an event to explain the Licensure process and discuss next steps after graduation. This required seminar will also be a celebration of success! In case of conflict due to employment or distance, please contact the Holmes Center for alternative arrangements.

Overview of the NH Licensure Process