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Endorsements- How to Add to a License

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Endorsements- How to Add to a License 2020-07-31T15:10:07-06:00

Adding endorsement(s) to an existing license requires the following:

  • $120 fee, cashier’s check or money order; and
  • Endorsement Application via NMPED Online Licensure Portal; and
  • Sealed official transcripts or copy of passing score of content knowledge exam (Please see requirements for endorsements and pathways below).

Note: You can apply for more than one endorsement for the fee of $120.00.


Licensure Endorsement Requirements

Definition. An endorsement is attached to a teaching license to specify the teaching field in which a teacher may teach as authorized by the PED.

Update: With the data migration, which will happen August 7th through August 9th, all Early Childhood, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Elementary, and Special Education teachers who were deemed HQT in core content areas will have the endorsement for that area added to their license. Moving forward Early Childhood, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Elementary, and Special Education teachers will apply for core content endorsements (Math, Science, Social Studies, and ELA) when they apply for their license or later in their careers when they have met the requirements. The requirements for each license and endorsement are as follows:

Core Endorsement Requirements for Early Childhood, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Elementary and Special Education Teachers

  • Elementary K-8 – An initial license will need a minimum of 24 semester hours of coursework in a teaching field of which 6 must be earned at the upper division (generally numbered 300 or above). Endorsements can be added to an existing license with either the test or the hours with the exception of the Bilingual and Gifted endorsement (both endorsement require credit hours and exams).   For applicants who already hold a license, we need a minimum of 24 semester hours of coursework in a teaching field of which 6 must be earned at the upper division (generally numbered 300 or above) OR pass the middle school exam for the content area.
  • Early Childhood (B-PK or PK – Grade 3)– An initial license will need a minimum of 24 semester hours of coursework in a teaching field. Endorsements can be added to an existing license with either the test or the hours with the exception of the Bilingual and Gifted endorsement (both endorsement require credit hours and exams).  For applicants who already hold a license, we need a minimum of 24 semester hours of coursework in a teaching field  OR pass the middle school exam for the content area.
  • Special Education Pre K-12 – An initial license will need a minimum of 24 semester hours of coursework in a teaching field of which 12 must be earned at the upper division (generally numbered 300 or above). Endorsements can be added to an existing license with either the test or the hours with the exception of the Bilingual and Gifted endorsement (both endorsement require credit hours and exams).  For applicants who already hold a license, we need a minimum of 24 semester hours of coursework in a teaching field of which 12 must be earned at the upper division (generally numbered 300 or above) OR pass the middle school exam for the content area.
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing Pre K-12 – An initial license will need a minimum of 24 semester hours of coursework in a teaching field of which 12 must be earned at the upper division (generally numbered 300 or above). Endorsements can be added to an existing license with either the test or the hours with the exception of the Bilingual and Gifted endorsement (both endorsement require credit hours and exams).  For applicants who already hold a license, we need a minimum of 24 semester hours of coursework in a teaching field of which 12 must be earned at the upper division (generally numbered 300 or above) OR pass the middle school exam for the content area.

Endorsement Requirements for 5-9 Middle Level , 6-12 Secondary  and Pre K-12 Specialty Teachers

  • 5-9 Middle Level – An initial license will need a minimum of 24 semester hours of coursework in a teaching field of which 6 must be earned at the upper division (generally numbered 300 or above). Endorsements can be added to an existing license with either the test or the hours with the exception of the Bilingual and Gifted endorsement (both endorsement require credit hours and exams).  For applicants who already hold a license, we need a minimum of 24 semester hours of coursework in a teaching field of which 6 must be earned at the upper division (generally numbered 300 or above) OR pass the middle school exam for the content area.
  • 6-12 Secondary  – An initial license will need a minimum of 24 semester hours of coursework in a teaching field of which 12 must be earned at the upper division (generally numbered 300 or above). Endorsements can be added to an existing license with either the test or the hours with the exception of the Bilingual and Gifted endorsement (both endorsement require credit hours and exams).  For applicants who already hold a license, we need a minimum of 24 semester hours of coursework in a teaching field of which 12 must be earned at the upper division (generally numbered 300 or above) OR pass the exam for the content area.
  • Pre K-12 Specialty – An initial license will need a minimum of 24 semester hours of coursework in a teaching field of which 12 must be earned at the upper division (generally numbered 300 or above). Endorsements can be added to an existing license with either the test or the hours with the exception of the Bilingual and Gifted endorsement (both endorsement require credit hours and exams).  For applicants who already hold a license, we need a minimum of 24 semester hours of coursework in a teaching field of which 12 must be earned at the upper division (generally numbered 300 or above) OR pass the exam for the content area.

Authorization has also been given to add the two endorsements of bilingual education and TESOL to Speech-Language Pathologist licenses.


Endorsement Pathway

Click on a teaching endorsement to access the requirements and direct exam related to the endorsement. Please note: some endorsements will not have a link to an exam and therefore you will need to complete the 24 credit hours to obtain the endorsement.

 

 

Page last updated July 31, 2020