New Mexico Alternative Teacher Certification

Prospective teachers who have a degree in a subject outside of education can earn a New Mexico alternative teacher certification by fulfilling the state’s requirements.

Alternative Teacher Certification Requirements

If an applicant has a bachelor’s degree that includes 30 semester hours in a particular area or a master’s degree with 12 semester hours in a particular area, or a doctoral degree in a particular area, passes the NMTA for Basic Skills and Teacher Competency, passes the required Content Knowledge Assessment for his/her chosen certification area, and either completes an approved alternative program through a New Mexico college or university or completes the Online Portfolio Alternative Licensure, he or she may be issued a teaching certificate.

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Transferring Teacher Certification from Another State

For teachers from other states, there are several requirements to become certified through reciprocity, including a bachelor’s or master’s degree, a certificate from another state, proof of completion of an approved teacher education program, proof of passing a teacher competency exam in the state of initial licensure, and evidence that the candidate taught successfully in that state. If a teacher has a valid certificate issued by the National board of Professional Teaching Standards, he/she may be issued a New Mexico teaching certificate.

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Additional Information on a New Mexico Alternative Teacher Certification

Professional Licensure Bureau New Mexico Public Education Department

Schools with Programs for Alternate Certification in New Mexico

Because the alternative certification process is complex, we have researched and provided specific school programs below for individuals who have a bachelors degree outside of education and want to become a teacher. We recommend you: Request information from one or more of these specific programs

(Other master’s programs not listed below are intended for teachers who are trying to get deeper into their profession.)

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