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04- 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 health coursework and submit a passing score of 220 for the Content Knowledge Assessment (CKA) in Health.  (see assessment and course listing 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 for the CKA in Health; predecessor or comparable exam  (see assessment information below); or
  •  Earn 24-36 semester hours of credit in health  (see course listing below)
    • if adding to a middle level license 6 hours must be upper division credit;  
    • if adding to secondary or pre—k-12 specialty license 12 of the hours must be upper division credit; or
  •  Be certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in health.

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Health 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
Reference Materials Provided for this Test None.
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 Health Coursework

  • drugs & behavior
  • first aid
  • human sexuality
  • nutrition
  • personal health
  • program planning & evaluation

  • safety
  • communication and wellness
  • community resources
  • conflict resolution
  • family relationships
  • human anatomy and physiology

  • human growth & development
  • life skills
  • mental health
  • stress management
  • some nursing coursework

New Mexico Administrative Code

Health NMAC
Page last updated August 6, 2019