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Licensure

  • I want to apply for my elementary classroom teacher license.  What are the requirements?  What must I do?

With a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and if your degree is not in elementary education, you can either:

Complete a traditional approved teacher education program that consists of 30-36 semester hours of credit in professional elementary education.  This must include a university-supervised student teaching experience (minimum of 24 semester hours in a subject matter area) and passage of the New Mexico Teacher Assessment in Basic Skills, Teacher Competency, Elementary and Content Knowledge Assessment in Elementary Education; or

Complete a New Mexico-approved alternative program that consists of a minimum of 12-21 semester hours of credit to include six semester hours of reading methodology course work and passage of the New Mexico Teacher Assessment in Basic Skills, Teacher Competency, Elementary and Content Knowledge Assessment in Elementary Education; or

Complete an Online Portfolio for Alternative Licensure (OPAL) by passing the required exams above, earning six semester hours of reading methodology course work and being employed as a teacher of record while holding an internship license; or

Reciprocating a comparable license from another state; or

Hold National Board Certification.

If you have met one of the above-listed requirements, your next step is to complete the first-time licensure application, which you can access by clicking http://www.ped.state.nm.us/licensure/dl08/firstTime.pdf

You can learn more about submitting an application packet by clicking http://www.ped.state.nm.us/licensure/faq.html#SubmittingApplication. Once your application is received, you will hear back within six to eight weeks from the date of receipt for processing.

For additional information, please e-mail the Licensure Bureau at the following:  LicensureUnit@state.nm.us.

 

 

 

 
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