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Gifted Education 2019-08-06T16:19:40-06:00

9- Licensure Code

Beginning Teacher Pathway

Beginning teachers adding the endorsement to an initial license must satisfy the requirements for the license which include:

  • 24-36 semester hours in Gifted courses and submit a passing score of 220 of the Content Knowledge Assessment (CKA) in Gifted Education. (Please see assessment and course information below)

Teacher with Existing License Pathway

Teachers seeking to add the endorsement to an existing NM teaching license of any level can either:

  • Submit a passing score of 220 of the CKA in Gifted Education; and Earn 12 semester hours of credit in Gifted coursework. (Please see assessment and course information below)


Gifted Education is a National Evaluation Series™ (NES®) test. The NES educator licensure tests provide New Mexico with comprehensive exams aligned to professionally accepted national learning standards.

Format Computer-based test (CBT); 150 multiple-choice questions
Time Three hours
Test Dates By appointment, year round. Test appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Check seat availability. Link opens in a new window.
Test Sites CBT sites are located in New Mexico and nationwide. Locate a test center Link opens in a new window..
Passing Score 220
Test Fee $95. Review payment information.
Score Reporting A scaled score is provided immediately after testing; score reports are released within two weeks of testing.
Testing Policies When you register, you must agree to abide by all testing rules and policies. Read them now.
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Accepted Gifted Education Coursework

The licensure bureau will review all courses with Gifted Prefix. (A syllabi or course description may be requested).

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Page last updated August 6, 2019