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Specialty License (Grades Pre K-12)

////Specialty License (Grades Pre K-12)
Specialty License (Grades Pre K-12) 2017-12-21T12:33:40+00:00

A Pre K-12 specialty level teaching license authorizes an individual to teach in a departmentalized setting. The individual must be endorsed in the subject they are teaching.

Initial License

NOTE:

  • If an Educator has a NM Special Education license – he/she is automatically eligible for the Pre K-12 license provided they meet the endorsement requirement.
  • If an educator has an NM Elementary license– and has 3 credit hours in Secondary Pedagogy course or passes the Professional Knowledge in Secondary- he/she is eligible for the Pre K-12 license provided they meet the endorsement requirement.
  • If an Educator has a NM Secondary license– and has 3 credit hours in Elementary Pedagogy course  or passes the Professional Knowledge in Elementary – he/she is eligible for the Pre K-12 license provided they meet the endorsement requirement.
  • If an Educator has a NM Mid-Level license– and has 3 credit hours in Secondary Pedagogy course  or passes the Professional Knowledge in Secondary- he/she is eligible for the Pre K-12 license provided they meet the endorsement requirement.

Initial Application

Specialty  NMAC Code

Renewal License

  • $95 fee, cashier’s check or money order will be valid for a one year grace period for level 2 or 3 (from time of expiration). If the expiration date exceeds the grace period a $125.00 would apply; and
  • Application for NM Continuing Licensure; and
  • Superintendent ‘s Recommendation for Continuing Licensure (Must be on School District Letterhead).
    • Note: The earliest you can renew same level license is January of expiring year.

Renewal Application

Specialty  NMAC Code

Reciprocating a License

  • $125.00 fee, cashier’s check or money order; and
  • Initial Applicationl and
  • Provide Official transcripts reflecting a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree earned from a regionally accredited college/university; and
  • Copy of current valid teaching License from out-of-state state education agency, Department of Defense School, or foreign country; and
  • Verification of experience (Must be on Out-of-State School District Letterhead). Please break down experience by M/D/Y and please indicate the number of days taught for each year. 160 days commonly equals 1 full school year. Please use form below; and
  • Copy of Passage of Teacher Exams or a Notarized statement stating exams were not required.

**Out of State Licensure ICS– A one year certificate (1CS) is a provisional License. “Out-of-state 1CS” means a license issued to an individual who holds a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree who has completed a standard or alternative teacher preparation program, completed out-of-state teacher exams and has a valid out-of-state teacher license, but has no teaching experience.

Initial Application

Out-of-State Experience Form

Reciprocity NMAC Code

 

 

Note: Your application will be returned if:

  • The application is not completely filled out, lacking a signature/date; or
  • The money order is not completely filled out or signed. The Professional Licensure Bureau does not accept other forms of payment.

Note: Delay of application:

  • Your application is lacking supporting documents listed in the above check list.
  • If your license(s) has expired (and you do not have additional valid licenses on file), and your background was completed 24 months or more, you will need to complete a new background.

Note: NMPED Correspondence with Educators:

  • Consultants correspond by email; please check your spam/junk folder.

New Mexico Three Tier Licensure System

Level 1 → Exam or fewer than 3 full school years experience → $34,000

All first year educators will be issued a Level I Provisional Teacher License, a 5-year non-renewable license. A Level I teacher must advance to Level II by completing a dossier or advancing via summative evaluation application (please speak to your school district about advancing). The Level I teacher may advance to Level II after the third year of experience, but must advance to Level II by the end of the fifth year of experience at Level I. If the educator did not teach during a portion of the 5 years, they may submit a request to extend their Level I license for the unused time. A maximum of 3 extensions may be requested. Their extended licenses will then be issued as a 1D “limited” license. This is simply an indicator to the licensure bureau the educator received an extension to ensure that the 3 extension limit has not been exceeded.

Level 2 → 3 5 years experience → $42,000

Level 3 → 6 or more years experience → Masters Degree → $52,000

 

NMPED LICENSURE TRANSCRIPTS INFORMATION

  •  Official Transcripts: Transcripts must be sealed and addressed to 300 Don Gaspar, Santa Fe, NM  87501 OR E-scripts can be sent by the university(s) to the attention of NMPED at the following email address licensureunit@state.nm.us.

 

  • Official Foreign Transcripts Evaluations: Transcripts must be sealed and addressed to 300 Don Gaspar, Santa Fe, NM  87501 (we only accept mailed foreign transcripts evaluation).
    • All foreign transcripts need to have a course-by-course evaluation completed. Click Here for a list of evaluators who are members of the Foreign Transcript Evaluation Services (NCAES). The Public Education Department does not require nor recommend NACES listed service members be used. There is no “official” organization or regulatory body for foreign credential interpretation or evaluation methodology in the US. It is based on commonly-developed and agreed standards of good practice.

 

ALL FEES SUBMITTED ARE NON-REFUNDABLE

Page last updated December 21, 2017