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.)
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.
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).