If you are considering a career as an educator in New Mexico, you should gather comprehensive information on the requirements needed to qualify. Doing so will help you weigh your options and make the smartest decisions.
The New Mexico Public Education Department requires all candidates to complete a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. You must also complete a state-approved educator preparation program, including a student teaching requirement.
After completing the prerequisites, you must pass the New Mexico Teacher Assessments (NMTA). This exam series includes a general knowledge test which covers written communication, reading comprehension, and mathematics. The second part of the series — the New Mexico Assessment of Teacher Competency for Elementary, Secondary and Early Childhood specialty areas — will test the applicants’ pedagogical knowledge. Finally, the New Mexico Content Knowledge Assessment will determine your knowledge relevant to the subject area and grade you wish to teach. Overall, there are 24 tests for different levels and specialization areas.
The NMTA is required for all teachers who want to be licensed in the state. All applicants must pass a fingerprint background check. If you have an FBI clearance report, which is current within two years, you may submit that in lieu of fingerprint cards.
New Mexico teaching certification must be renewed every one to five years depending on the type of license held. Teachers who are active and inactive in service have different renewal requirements and fees.
New Mexico has several types of teaching certificates available depending on your level of experience and other factors.
If you plan to teach a subject designated as a Teacher Shortage Area (TSA) by the U.S. Department of Education, you might be eligible for student loan deferment or cancellation. The following TSAs have been approved for New Mexico for the 2015-2016 school year:
A full and current list of TSAs for each state is available via the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education.
Licensed teachers from other states are eligible to teach in New Mexico once they have passed the NMTA for Basic Skills, Teacher Competency, and the Content Knowledge Assessment in the subject matter area(s) to which they are applying to teach.
In addition, teachers who are certified to teach in other states and want to become certified to teach in New Mexico must:
More information about license reciprocity between states can be found at Teaching License Reciprocity Explained.
Disclaimer: Licensing requirements are subject to change. Please visit your state board of education to check for recent revisions to teaching license requirements.
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