NM Secondary Science Certification and Exam Requirements

New Mexico Secondary Science Certification and Exam Requirements


Secondary Science Certification Available: Secondary Science, Grades 7-12


Graduates of a WGU science grades 5-12 teacher preparation program will be eligible for grades 7-12 science teacher licensure in New Mexico, which will allow them to teach in any single subject science classroom in that grade range.  New Mexico does not offer certification in science specialization areas (i.e. biology, chemistry, physics), so WGU students in any science specialization program will be eligible for this license.

Secondary Science Exams and Requirements: 


Exam Requirement Note
Content Exams

NMTA General Science (311)

For policies and deadlines see State Certification Exam Requirements, General Policies and Pacing Guides: Preparing for Demonstration Teaching.


If passed prior to 1/5/2015: NMTA Science (15) may be substituted.

Pedagogy Exams

NMTA  Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Secondary (052)

Students must pass this exam before requesting a recommendation for teacher licensure.


If passed prior to 1/5/2015: New Mexico Assessment of Teacher Competency—Secondary (04) may be substituted.

WGU Program Requirement

Pass the exam that corresponds to your program's secondary science specialization area:


Praxis  5235 Biology: Content Knowledge

Praxis 5245 Chemistry: Content Knowledge

Praxis 5571 Earth Science: Content Knowledge

Praxis 5265 Physics: Content Knowledge

Students must pass this exam before applying for graduation.


Visit these links for more important information:

General Information About Licensing in New Mexico
General Policies Regarding External Certification Exams
Submitting Exam Scores to WGU
Applying for your New Mexico Teaching License





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