The Professional Practices and Standards Commission (PPSC) is an advisory group to the Secretary of Education. This group ensures that high standards are maintained in the preparation and practice of professional licensed school personnel. The creation of the PPSC recognizes that persons licensed by the PED comprise a profession, with all of the rights, responsibilities and privileges accorded professions, having their first obligation to the public they serve. The primary responsibilities of this profession are to educate the children of this state and to improve the professional practices and ethical conduct of the members of the profession. The goal of the PPSC is to increase the number of candidates in teacher prep programs by providing more viable pathway options to students who want to be teachers.
NMPED has the responsibility of approving, maintaining, and monitoring the quality of all educator preparation programs, to include administration programs, offered in the state. The agency also informs the public, LESC, and HED by holding approved educator preparation programs continuously accountable to the required regulations, standards, and competencies.
Strong educator preparation is a strategy that New Mexico must continue to advance. The state has the authority 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 educators, NMPED will improve retention rates for school districts, and improve student outcomes.