27 TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
includes up to 6 hours of any foreign language other than English (i.e. 6 hours of Spanish, Navajo, French, German), methods for teaching English as a second language, culture (i.e. History of Southwest, Literature of the Southwest, education across cultures, cultural anthropology), English linguistics or phonetics, English grammar, assessment and parent/community involvement. Basic English composition courses are not acceptable for the grammar competency.
Beginning teachers adding the endorsement to an initial license must satisfy the requirements for the license which include 24-36 semester hours in TESOL and pass the Content Knowledge Assessment (CKA) in TESOL.
- Teachers seeking to add the endorsement to an existing NM teaching license of any level can either:
Pass the CKA in TESOL; predecessor or comparable exam; and
- Earn 12 semester hours of credit in TESOL; 6 hours which must be in a language other than English; 6 hours which must be upper division or post- BA credits in the competencies of knowledge of culture & diversity, knowledge of subject matter, meaningful learning through multiple paths to knowledge and assessment; or
- Earn 24-36 semester hours of credit in TESOL (12 of the hours must be upper division credit if adding the endorsement to a secondary or pre k-12 specialty license. 6 hours which must be in a language other than English); or
- Be certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in TESOL.