The Migration Policy Institute lists New Hampshire as one of the U.S. states with the lowest number of immigrants. In 2007 there were only 3,300 immigrant children in K-12 ESL programs, representing just 1.6 of The Granite State’s total school population. Among those youngsters, the most common language spoken is Spanish, followed by French, Turkish, Russian and Greek.
ESL endorsements are granted under the jurisdiction of the New Hampshire Department of Education’s Bureau of Credentialing.
The requirements for ESL endorsement include a bachelor’s degree or higher, a valid New Hampshire teaching license and ESL courses in the following subjects:
- Language Acquisition
- Multicultural/multilingual Studies
- ESL Methods and Practice
- Literacy in Language Learning
- Language Assessment
- Foreign Language
In spite of the low number of immigrant families, New Hampshire has consistently declared a shortage of ESL teachers; however, this shortage has lessened recently.
According to the New Hampshire Department of Education, the state’s average annual salary is $54,712 but there is considerable variation between school districts.
- Lowest average annual wage – $34,532
- Highest average annual wage – $74,326
It is noted that, in all districts teachers with only a bachelor’s degree have the lowest salaries while extra semester units in a specialty (including ESL) command an additional $2,000 or more. Teachers with a master’s degree automatically receive about $4,000 more than those with only a bachelor’s.
The table below provides 2013 Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) salary information for Adult, Basic and Secondary Education and Literacy Teachers (ESL teachers are included in this broader category).