One of the most memorable experiences in life is earning your driving license.  We now have a program based in Littleton that trains you to teach new drivers.  The two-semester, 17 credit Certificate, will prepare you to be a New Hampshire Certified Driver Education Instructor.

The courses review rules of the road along with the methodology of how to present the material in a manner appropriate for student learning. Instructors need a clean driving record, no criminal history and knowledge of NH driving laws.

Required Procedure

The first step in becoming a certified instructor is to obtain Provisional Certification.  “Instructors” may apply for the Provisional Certification after completion of the first three courses of the program, and basic state requirements, (including but not limited to: valid driver’s license; minimum of five consecutive years of licensed driving experience; and of good character, reputation and fitness to instruct driver education).  Provisional Certification can only be obtained through a written and driving exam at the Division of Motor Vehicles in Concord, N.H. Provisional Certification allows instructors to teach at a certified driving school or high school under supervision. During the two-year provisional certificate, students must complete five additional courses, 60 hours of classroom instruction and 240 hours of supervised behind the wheel instruction.

Applicants must:

  • Have 5 years of consecutive driving experience
  • Obtain NH Criminal Background Check
  • Obtain Certified Motor Vehicle Driver Record
  • Complete an interview, records review, and driving assessment with the Program Coordinator.

Steps to obtain your NH Criminal Background Check

  1. Go to the NH Department of Safety Division of State Police website at https://www.nh.gov/safety/divisions/dmv/forms/documents/dssp380.pdf
  2.  Follow directions on the Driver Education Instructors form (DSSP380) to complete your Criminal Background Check.
  3. Once you receive your record, bring it to the Littleton Academic Center.

Steps to obtain your NH Motor Vehicle Record

  1. Go to the NH Department of Safety Division of Motor Vehicles website at www.nh.gov/safety/divisions/dmv/
  2. On the left hand side of the home screen click the Forms and Documents tab.
  3. Scroll down to Driver Licensing and click on the form entitled Release of Motor Vehicle Records; form dsmv505.  
  4. Download and print out the form.
  5.  In box 1: check the box for Your Motor Vehicle Record.
  6.  In box II: place your name and address.
  7. In box III: chose second box for Driver Record (Non- Certified copy)
  8. In box V:  place your Name, Date of Birth, and Driver License /I.D. #
  9. Mail the form with a $25 check made out to the State of NH – DMV t0 NH Department of Safety, DMV, 23 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH  03305.
  10. Once you receive your record, bring it to the Littleton Academic Center.

Program available in Littleton and online.

Fall Semester LecLabCr
DEDI101WIntro to Traffic Safety303
DEDI103WDriver Ed. Classroom Methods303
DEDI105WIn-Vehicle Driver Ed. Methods303
Spring Semester LecLabCr
DEDI109WAlcohol, Drugs and Driving303
EDU130WAdolescent Growth and Development in DEI101
DEDI111WZone Control202
EDU132WLearning Teaching Styles in DEI101
EDU134WSpecial Ed. In the School in DEI101
 Total for Certificate17017

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be prepared to:

  1. Demonstrate skill in:
    a. Delivering a sequential in-vehicle phase of a driver education program to novice drivers;
    b. Planning driving routes that maximize student learning;
    c. Delivering in-vehicle directions in a way that is understood by novice drivers.
  2. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of:
    a. The New Hampshire Driver Education Risk Prevention Curriculum Guide;
    b. The elements of the highway transportation system;
    c. The components of the driving task;
    d. Laws and rules that regulate motor vehicle operation.
  3. Demonstrate a professional and ethical orientation to teaching and learning in a driver education program, including knowledge of the characteristics and developmentally appropriate ways of working with late adolescents.
  4. Obtain Provisional Certification in NH as a Driver Education Instructor.

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17 Credits Required


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