NM Certification Requirements and Available Licenses

New Mexico Certification Requirements and Available Licenses

Note:  While we do our best to give you accurate and up to date information about your state requirements, we are not infallible.  State requirements change frequently.  It is your responsibility, and in your best interest, to double check certification and licensure requirements with your state’s Department of Education.



Early Childhood, Birth – Grade 3

Elementary Education, K-8

Special Education, PK-12

Middle Level Mathematics, Grades 5-9

Middle Level Science, Grades 5-9

Secondary History, Geography, Economics, Civic and Government, Grades 7-12

Secondary Mathematics, Grades 7-12

Secondary Science, Grades 7-12

English Language Arts, Grades 7-12

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)


Education Administration, PK-12


New Mexico has the following general requirements for all applicants for initial teacher certification:

1. DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: Graduation from a Bachelor's degree program at a regionally accredited college or university.

2. PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS: Completion of a state-approved teacher preparation program that includes student teaching.

3. BACKGROUND CLEARANCE: Background clearance resulting from completion of the required background check.

4. BASIC SKILLS EXAM: Passing scores on the NES Essential Academic Skills Exam.

5. CONTENT EXAMS: Passing scores on the NES content specialty exam specific to the area of certification sought.  See this link for details.

For additional information on requirements for the specific area of licensure you are seeking, please see the New Mexico Department of Education website.






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