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Driver Education Instructor Preparation Program

Welcome to the Keene State College Driver Education Instructor Preparation Program. This section provides information and links that are useful to both new and certified driver education instructors. Driver Education Instructor Preparation courses are offered through Keene State College Office of Continuing Education. All classes are offered in a blended (partially in-person and partially on-line) format. The fall 2022 course listing is now available. Registration is open until three business days prior to the start of each class.

First-time applicants to the Driver Education Instructor Preparation Program must complete the admission process 3 days prior to registering for the first course (Introduction to Traffic Safety). Admission to the program includes a completed application form with recommendations, interview, driving assessment, review of motor vehicle, and criminal records. Click on either a New Hampshire or Vermont program application. Each packet provides state specific information on the driver education instructor /certification/license process and the paperwork needed for application to the Keene State program. Interested applicants should download the application packet for the state in which they will be applying for a credential or contact the Office of Continuing Education for an appropriate application packet. An applicant’s course registrations will not be processed, nor will a seat be reserved, until the application process is complete.

Driver Education Instructor Preparation Program Courses

Keene State College courses fulfill the NH Department of Safety, the Vermont Agency of Education, and the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles requirements.

The following courses are offered twice a year:

  • SAFE 222 Introduction to Traffic Safety (3 credits)
  • SAFE 333 Driver Education Classroom Methods (3 credits)
  • SAFE 444 In-Vehicle Driver Education Methods (3 credits)

The following courses are each offered once a year:

  • PH 490 Alcohol, Drugs, and Driving (3 credits, spring term)
  • EDUC 495 Adolescent Growth and Development (1 credit, spring term)
  • EDSP 290 Special Education in the Schools (1 credit, fall term)
  • EDUC 290 Learning Styles/Teaching Styles (1 credit, fall term)
  • SAFE 490 Zone Control (NH 2 credits, VT 3 credits, summer term)

Individuals seeking a Vermont license should review the material from either the Vermont Agency of Education or Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles to determine courses required for a license from either agency.

Because Driver Educator certification is eligible for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding, we are obligated to certain federal reporting requirements in years when WIOA funding is utilized. Read more

On-site Class Location:

Keene State College Safety Center
1050 Perimeter Rd, Suite 202 (Google Map)
Manchester, NH 03103

*Tuition and fees are established by the USNH Board of Trustees and may be adjusted at any time.


Textbooks are required for several of these courses. Books are available through the Keene State College Bookstore, and can be ordered and shipped by visiting The Bookstore accepts all major credit cards as well as Barnes and Noble Gift Cards. For questions about text books, please contact the Bookstore directly at 603-358-2651.

Contact Us

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Contact the Driver Education Instructor Program

Rick Heuslein
Driver Education Program Coordinator