Paths to Becoming a Teacher


Find the best way to earn your teaching license.

No college degree?

One way to earn a license is to complete a bachelor’s degree in an approved teacher preparation program. The first step is to apply to the university and declare a major (Undergraduate Admissions). NMSU’s College of Education has a wide array of exciting Undergraduate teaching programs.

Bachelor’s degree or higher but no teacher prep?

If you already have a bachelor’s degree or higher, you can earn your teaching license through a post-baccalaureate licensure program or by preparing a portfolio and teach now on an intern license. See our Graduate Programs page for admission to our Licensure and Teacher Education Programs.

Licensed elsewhere?

If you have a teaching license from another state or another country, you can teach apply for a NM teaching license under reciprocity and teach now.  More information about NM’s 3-Tiered Licensure system is available at TeachNM

In a trade or vocation?

To obtain a New Mexico teaching license to teach in vocational education, earn a bachelors and/or have work experience in that area. The New Mexico Teacher Assessments are not required for this license.