The state should ensure that science teachers know all the subject matter they are licensed to teach.
New Hampshire does not offer certification in general science for secondary teachers. It should be noted, however, that the ETS/Praxis website refers to a physical science certification. NCTQ continues to encourage the state to ensure that its testing requirements are listed accurately so that teachers seeking certification have correct information.
Middle school science teachers in New Hampshire have the option of earning an endorsement in middle level science. Candidates must pass both the Praxis II "General Science: Content Essays" test and the "General Science" test. Regrettably, however, the state also allows middle school teachers to teach on a generalist K-8 license (see Goal 1-E).
New Hampshire asserted that it requires all middle school teachers in grades 7-8 who teach core content areas to demonstrate content knowledge by either passing a Praxis II content test or earning the equivalent of a college major in that content area. The state added that it recently adopted the Praxis II Middle School Science test.