NM Teacher and Administrator Certification Application Information and Instructions

New Mexico Teacher and Administrator Certification Application Information and Instructions


To be eligible for recommendation by the Certification Office, students completing a bachelor’s degree, a post baccalaureate certification or a Master of Special Education degree must graduate and have their degree posted to their WGU transcript.  Students who are pursuing a Master of Teaching degree must have marks of "passed” on their Degree Plan for all teacher preparation assessments to include any program required Praxis exams as well as all state required exams.

You may apply directly for certification in New Mexico as a teacher or administrator candidate who has completed a regionally accredited educator preparation program.  Follow the steps below to prepare your application for certification in New Mexico.

Step 1: First time applicants for New Mexico teacher certification should download the first-time application packet and review it fully. Licensed New Mexico educators applying for an administrative license should use the Application for Additional Licensure form.

Step 2: Complete an in-state New Mexico Public Education Department fingerprint based background check if you do not already have a current one.

Step 3: Request official transcripts in sealed envelopes from every college you have attended. Two copies of your final WGU transcript will be sent to you along with your diploma upon graduation. If you would like to order additional transcripts, see WGU Transcript Request. Do not request a transcript until you have received notice of graduation, so that your graduation date will appear on your transcript. MAT students may request a transcript after completing the teacher preparation portion of their MAT program. Be sure to leave your transcripts in the sealed envelopes to be included with your application packet.

Step 4: Write to licensure@wgu.edu and request that the WGU Certification Officer send you a letter of recommendation for certification on university letterhead. Confirm your mailing address in this email. If you have not already reported your exam scores to WGU, you will need to send a copy of those scores to the Certification Officer as well, so that the recommendation can be completed.

Step 5: Administrator licensure candidates should provide documentation evidencing completion of one year of successful teaching experience under a valid level 3-A teaching license by obtaining verification on official letterhead from the appropriate administrator at the school district where the experience took place. 

Step 6: Completely fill out all pages of the application form, and sign it.  Mark that you are applying via the approved program route to licensure. 

Step 7: Compile your application packet:


  1. Completed application form
  2. Official transcripts
  3. Recommendation Letter
  4. Letter verifying teaching experience (if applicable)
  5. Processing fee of $125 in the form of a cashier's check or money order made payable to the New Mexico Public Education Department. 
    *Your NMTA exam results should already be on file with the New Mexico Public Education Department.


Step 8: Mail complete application packet to

New Mexico Public Education Department
Professional Licensure Bureau
300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501-2786


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