April 18, 2018

New Mexico Teacher Certification

Average Teacher Salary: $41,637
Average State Salary for All Jobs: $37,490

Coursework and Preparation Programs You’ll Need:

You’ll need a Bachelor’s Degree before you can teach in New Mexico schools. Undergraduate coursework requirements vary according to the grade level being taught. You will also need to complete a New Mexico-approved teacher certification program. A discussion of coursework and preparation requirements of approved programs is available here:
Professional Licensure Bureau
For a list of alternative teacher preparation programs, see the National Center for Alternative Certification Web site.


For teacher certification in New Mexico, you’ll need to take the following test for basic teaching skills and specific subject areas:
New Mexico Teacher Assessments Official Site | NMTA Test
In addition, you should consult the following Web site for a list of the exams required for teachers seeking their initial New Mexico licensure:
About the New Mexico Teacher Assessments

Reciprocity Agreements

The State of New Mexico has reciprocity agreements to accept teaching credentials from most other states.

Facts about New Mexico Teacher Certification

Differential pay support is available for teachers in high needs subject areas.
After teaching in New Mexico for three years, a teacher becomes eligible for tenure.

For Further Information

You can contact the Licensure Department about teacher certification at this address:
New Mexico Public Education Department
Attn: Licensure
300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Or you can call the Licensure Help Desk at (505) 827-5821 .
In addition, the following official Web sites have information about the New Mexico teacher certification process:

New Mexico Public Education Department
Professional Licensure Bureau