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Learn everything you need to know about New Mexico Teacher Certification.

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New Mexico Teacher Certification Requirements

To become a teacher in New Mexico, you must complete the follow steps:

Meet Education Requirements

  • Individuals must hold a bachelor’s degree to become a licensed teacher in New Mexico.
  • Each specialty area requires a set number of undergraduate credits.

Student Teaching Requirements

  • Student teaching may include curriculum development, teaching methods, and classroom management.
  • Fieldwork consists of a mandatory 14-week student teaching experience.

Pass Required Exams

  • Teacher certification in New Mexico requires passing three or more New Mexico Teacher Assessments.
  • These include Core Academic Skills for Educators as well as Praxis content area exams.

Apply for Certification

  • Applicants must submit a completed application packet to the NMPED.
  • This includes an application form completed via the NMPED online licensure portal, a $150 fee, official sealed transcripts from the accredited institution where they earned their bachelor’s degree, and registration for an FBI background and fingerprint check.

Apply for Teaching Jobs

  • Once you have your teacher certification you can now start applying for jobs.
  • You can use job boards and search engines like Google to find open teacher positions in your area.

Most popular New Mexico Teacher Certification Exams

Teachers in New Mexico must pass the required Praxis exams to become a certified teacher.

Praxis®️ Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests

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Official Praxis®️ Core study guide to help you pass your exam!

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Praxis®️ Early Childhood Education

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Official Praxis®️ Early Childhood Education study guide to help you pass your exam!

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Pearson Foundations of Reading

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Official Foundations of Reading (190) study guide to help you pass your exam!

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Praxis®️ Principles of Learning and Teaching: K-6

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Official Praxis®️ PLT: K-6 study guide to help you pass your exam!

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Praxis®️ Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects

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Official Praxis®️ Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects study guide to help you pass your exam!

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How Do I Maintain Teaching Certification in New Mexico?

The Level 1 teaching license is good for up to five years. Teachers must advance to Level 2 licensure by the end of the fifth year and can apply after three years of teaching experience.

Teachers may remain at Level 2 by renewing their license every nine years. They may also pursue a Level 3 license after earning an approved master’s degree

How to Register For the Exams?

You can follow the following steps to register for your teacher certification exams:

  • Identify Your Exams: Determine the specific teacher certification exams you need to take. If you are a part of a certification program you should talk to your program advisor to determine which exams you need to take.
  • Create an Account: Visit the official testing service website and create an account.
  • Select Exam and Date: Login, choose your exam, and select a convenient test date and location.
  • Complete Registration: Follow instructions, provide necessary information, and pay exam fees online.

How To Study for Your Teacher Certification Exam(s)

To become a certified teacher you must pass your required exam(s). Luckily, we offer a wide variety of study guides to help you pass your exams and get closer to getting that teacher certificate. Our study guides offer practice questions, video lessons, quizzes and full length practice tests to ensure you are ready come test day! Our curriculum team studies all of the standards and competencies for the exams and cross-references them with the current and previous questions released by the official testing company. We then work with content and teaching experts to distill down what test-takers need to know. No matter where you are in the study guide, you can always see how the concept you are learning is aligned to the test standards.

Best Education Schools in New Mexico

  • University of New Mexico
  • New Mexico State University
  • Eastern New Mexico University
  • New Mexico Highlands University
  • Northern New Mexico College

New Mexico Teacher Salary Information

The average Public School Teacher salary in New Mexico is $53,437 as of February 26, 2024, but the range typically falls between $44,619 and $65,181.

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Praxis® – Questions Quick Guide https://www.240tutoring.com/praxis-prep/praxis-questions-quick-guide/

The following article will discuss the structure of Praxis® Core exams and subject assessments.

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What You Must Know About Preparing For The Praxis® https://www.240tutoring.com/praxis-prep/what-you-must-know-about-preparing-for-the-praxis/

We’ll discuss how hard it is to pass the Praxis®, we’ll help you figure out how much you should study, and finally we’ll recommend study guides and free resources to improve your score.

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Do You Know Which Praxis® Exams You Need to Take? https://www.240tutoring.com/praxis-prep/do-you-know-which-praxis-exams-you-need-to-take/

In this article, we will tell you who needs to take the Praxis® test. We will also break down the different types of tests and sort out which one to choose.

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Everything You Need To Know About Praxis® Scores https://www.240tutoring.com/praxis-prep/everything-you-need-to-know-about-praxis-scores/

In this article we will discuss what score you need to pass a Praxis® test, how long it takes to get scores, and how to interpret your score report.

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Your Praxis® Costs & Retakes Quick Guide https://www.240tutoring.com/praxis-prep/your-praxis-costs-retakes-quick-guide/

First, we’ll talk about the cost of a Praxis® test. Then we’ll discuss the number of attempts you’re allowed on the Praxis® and what happens if you fail. Finally, we’ll cover the other costs associated with taking the tests.

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How To Register For A Praxis® Exam https://www.240tutoring.com/praxis-prep/how-to-register-for-a-praxis-exam/

This article answers your questions about registering for a Praxis® exam.

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What is the Praxis®️ Test https://www.240tutoring.com/resources/what-is-the-praxis-test/

Dive deeper into what the Praxis test is, how to prepare for it, and what to expect come test day.

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New Mexico Teacher Certification FAQs

What is the minimum salary for teachers in New Mexico?

Beginning in 2022, the starting salaries of public school teachers have increased from $40,000 to $50,000; the minimum salaries for teachers in Tier 2 were raised from $50,000 to $60,000, and Tier 3 teacher salaries increased from $60,000 to $70,000.

Do you need a degree to be a substitute teacher in New Mexico?

Currently, there are no higher education requirements for becoming a substitute teacher in New Mexico.

Can I teach in New Mexico with a teaching certificate from out of state?

If you have a teaching license from another state or another country, you can teach apply for a NM teaching license under reciprocity and teach now.

How long does it take to become a teacher in New Mexico?

4 years, In New Mexico, aspiring teachers need to earn a bachelor’s degree and complete a state-approved teacher preparation program that includes a 14-week student teaching experience. Most approved bachelor’s in education programs include teacher preparation.

Do student teachers get paid in New Mexico?

Paid student teaching is offered. Each student teacher will qualify for a one-time, one-semester stipend for student teaching.

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