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20- Licensure Code    


Beginning Teacher Pathway and Assessment

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

  • 24-36 semester hours in language arts (see coursework listed below) and
  • Passage of the Content Knowledge Assessment (CKA) in English Language Arts from NMTA (or) beginning January 1, 2020, passage of the following PRAXIS exam: English Language Arts, or

Teacher with Existing License Pathway and Assessment

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

  • Passage of the Content Knowledge Assessment (CKA) in English Language Arts from NMTA (or) beginning January 1, 2020, passage of the following PRAXIS exam: English Language Arts, or
  • Earn 24-36 semester hours of credit in language arts (please see coursework listed below) ;
    • if adding to an early childhood license, no upper division credit hours required;
    • if adding to an elementary license, 6 of the hours must be upper division credit;
    • if adding to a middle level license 6 of the hours must be upper division credit;
    • if adding to a secondary, pre k-12 specialty, special education or deaf & hard of hearing licenses, 12 of the hours must be upper division credit;  or
  • Be certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in language arts

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Accepted Language Arts Coursework

  • communication
  • composition
  • drama
  • literature
  • poetry
  • rhetoric

  • theatre
  • writing
  • English
  • English as a second language
  • English grammar
  • handwriting

  • journalism
  • linguistics
  • public speaking
  • reading
  • speech
  • Some American studies or philosophy coursework specific to this area may be counted

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Page last updated July 31, 2020