So you want to earn your New Mexico Teacher Certification? Fortunately there are two ways to get it:

New Mexico Initial Teaching Certification

  1. Go to college - get a degree. It is a firm requirement. You don't need a specialization in education (although that may help with the transition and may help differentiate you from other applicants)
  2. Get some experience in teaching, even if it’s unpaid. It is required to have classroom experience such as student teaching.
  3. You’ll need to complete all three portions of the New Mexico Teacher Assessments (NMTA)
  4. Complete a background and fingerprint check. Call (505) 827-6104
  5. Submit the following:
    • Complete this form
    • Current certifications (if you already have one)
    • $65 Application fee for each subject payable to New Mexico Public Education Department
    • $34 fee for fingerprint processing
    • Official transcripts, degrees, and school credits
    • Mail to:
      New Mexico Public Education Department
      Professional Ethics Bureau
      300 Don Gaspar
      Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501-2786
      (505) 827-6104
  6. Do you want to renew your New Mexico Teacher Certification?

Alternative New Mexico Teacher Certification

Instead of getting your New Mexico Teaching Certificate you can get the temporary one. The Alternative Certification allows you to teach without completing the normal process.

  1. You still need a college degree
  2. Consider the options for earning Alternative Licensure and chose the one which suits you best.
  3. Through a post-baccalaureate alternative licensure program (face to face or online)
  4. A portfolio (Online Portfolio for Alternative Licensure - OPAL).
  5. Alterative License Options

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MS in Education (for Existing Teachers Grades K-12)
  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Lets undergrad students try classes before paying any tuition.
  • Has an average class sizes of 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
  • Offers numerous scholarship opportunities that can help students save up to $750 per term on their tuition.
  • Tends to educate degree-seeking online and campus-based students who are adult learners with families and students who work while pursuing higher education.
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E-Learning - EdS
  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor's Programs in 2014 by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Implements a one-to-one teaching model, partnering one student with one faculty member in each course.
  • 100% of faculty members hold doctoral degrees.
  • No physical residency requirements, allowing students to pursue their degree online.
  • Committed to innovation, diversity, excellence, and accountability since its founding in 1996.
  • Offers several programs in business, education, psychology, and more.
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Doctor of Philosophy in Education, Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • Designated a 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media.
  • Received the 2013 Making a Difference for Students Award from Quality Matters.
  • Offers a free student app for smartphones and tablets, helping students keep up to date.
  • Has a Golden Key International Honour Society and SALUTE Veterans Honor Society.
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).
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AA in Education (Non-Licensure)
  • Ranked among top Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
  • Ranked 37th among the Best Colleges for Veterans by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
  • Stands as the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation with 100,000+ students.
  • Offers over 230 programs online, from the certificate to the doctoral level.
  • Has a student-faculty ratio of 25:1, and 42.3% of its classes have fewer than 20 students.
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M.S. in Education in Childhood Special Education
  • • Offers students the opportunity to complete their master’s degree entirely online in as little as 15 months.
  • • Gives all students an Apple iPad and free textbooks to support the online learning experience.
  • • Teaches students social responsibility and business best practices.
  • •Provides scholarships, grants and other forms of financial aid to those who qualify.
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