Licensure/Certification

In New Mexico, Licensure is what is commonly referred to as Certification in other states. Licensure allows its holders to teach in public schools in the State of New Mexico. If you are planning to teach in a public school, grades K-12, you will not be able to obtain a job (except in rare instances where no licensed teachers are available and then temporarily) unless you first obtain a teaching license. New Mexico State University offers licensure and Master’s plus licensure programs.

Our teacher education program provides an approved educator preparation program as required under Options for Licensure on the New Mexico Dept. of Education website. (See Option  1 below).

What are different ways to get licensed as a teacher in NM?

Option 1 – Approved Program

Possess a bachelor’s and/or master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university AND have completed an approved educator preparation program that includes student teaching, and pass the New Mexico Teacher Assessments (NMTA) for Basic Skills, Teacher Competency and the Content Knowledge Assessment in the subject matter area. (For Elementary, it is the Elementary Content.)  See Admission to the Teacher Education Program

Option 2 – Reciprocity

Possess a bachelor’s and/or a master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university; possess a current valid and standard certificate/license from another state/country; provide proof of having completed an approved teacher education program (if the program is not contained on a transcript, you must provide documented evidence of the program you completed); provide proof of passage of a teacher competency exam for that out-of-state/country certificate/license, and provide evidence of having satisfactorily taught under that out-of-state certificate/license from the school and/or supervisor where you taught. Additional information about Licensure in the State of New Mexico see State of New Mexico Department of Education Licensure Information Program.

Option 3 – National Board Certification

Possess a valid certificate issued by the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards.

Option 4 – Alternative Licensure

Possess a bachelor’s degree including 30 semester hours in a particular field OR a master’s degree including 12 graduate semester hours in a particular field OR a doctorate degree in a particular field; pass the New Mexico Teacher Assessments (NMTA) for Basic Skills and Teacher Competency; pass the appropriate Content Knowledge Assessments (CKA), AND complete an approved alternative program through an accredited New Mexico college or university OR complete Online Portfolio Alternative Licensure (OPAL).

See also the NM PED’s Frequently Asked Questions about Licensure and  FAQ Licensure handout (pdf).

Additional information about Licensure in the State of New Mexico see State of New Mexico Department of Education Licensure Information Program.