The Educator Pipeline, Pathways, and Preparation Bureau oversees program approval and re-authorization of Educator Preparation Programs. This process is carried out collaboratively by the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) and the Professional Practices and Standards Commission (PPSC) and includes initial approval and re-authorization of Educator Preparation Programs. Initial approval and re-authorization are required for any institution offering educator preparation programs leading to licensure in New Mexico, including public and private entities.
Alternative teacher preparation programs must also meet standards defined in statute, rules, and policy. The approval process is also carried out collaboratively by the New Mexico Public Education Department and the Professional Practices and Standards Commission (PPSC).
- The New Mexico Administrative Code explaining the responsibilities of the PPSC can be found here.
- The New Mexico Administrative Code explaining the Educator Accountability Rule can be found here.
New Mexico Public Education Department’s vision for Education Preparation Programs (EPPs) is grounded in a dedication to support New Mexico approved EPPs to develop new teachers who understand how learners grow and develop, recognizing that patterns of learning and development vary individually within and across the cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical areas, and designs and implements developmentally appropriate and challenging learning. The state has the responsibility to oversee and set the standards for educator preparation, foster innovation, provide support/training, and hold programs accountable. By improving the depth and quality of preparation for our new teachers, NMPED will improve retention rates for school districts, and improve student outcomes particularly for our most underserved populations.
This bureau promotes and supports efforts to recruit and retain teachers in New Mexico. Specifically, the bureau will oversee or support the New Mexico talent initiatives: Grow Your Own Programs, Teacher Residency, and Troops to Teachers. These programs support new teachers through mentoring and provide financial support.
Click here for a list of approved New Mexico Educator Preparation Programs.
Jerry Apodaca Education Building
Educator Pipeline, Pathways, and Preparation Bureau
300 Don Gaspar Avenue
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Dr. Becky Kappus
Educator Preparation Program Manager