The NMTA are required of all new applicants for teaching and administrative licensure.
The NMTA is comprised of:
New Mexico Assessment of Teacher Basic Skills and
New Mexico Assessment of Teacher Competency (Elementary, Secondary or Early Childhood).
Content Knowledge Tests
Individuals applying for initial teacher licensure and administrative licensure or adding certain endorsements must also take the Content Knowledge Assessment(s) in the following areas:
Civics and Government
Modern & Classical Languages (Spanish, German, French)
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Library Media, Family & Consumer Science
Individuals applying for initial school counselor licensure must take the Content Knowledge Assessment in School Counselor.
Individuals applying for initial educational diagnostician licensure must take the Content Knowledge Assessment in Educational Diagnosis.
Please visit the NMTA website for testing dates, locations, and registration information.
The passing score for each section of the NMTA and the Content Knowledge Assessments is 240.
Two sections may be taken in one day; the remaining section must be taken on a subsequent testing date.
National Teachers Exam Specialty Area Exam in School Psychology
School Psychologists only
If you have been issued a one-year school psychologist license, you will be required to achieve a passing score on the NTE Specialty Area Exam in School Psychology before the expiration date of the license.
The passing score is 156.
The NTE Specialty Area Exams are administered nationwide. Please visit the Educational Testing Service website for testing dates, locations, and registration information.