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Performing Arts 2019-08-06T16:10:09-07:00

90- 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 their concentration of either music, theatre or dance.

  • Teachers with a concentration in music, will need to have 24 credit hours in music courses (12 of the hours must be upper division courses, if adding the endorsement to a secondary or pre k-12 specialty license) and take the content knowledge exam in Music;
  • Teachers with a concentration in theatre, will need to have 24 credit hours in theatre courses (12 of the hours must be upper division courses, if adding the endorsement to a secondary or pre k-12 specialty license). This concentration does not have exam;
  • Teachers with a concentration in dance, you will need to have 24 credit hours in dance courses (12 of the hours must be upper division courses, if adding the endorsement to a secondary or pre k-12 specialty license). This concentration does not have exam.

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Teacher with Existing License Pathway

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

  • Music: Pass the CKA in Music.

  • Theatre: will need to have 24 credit hours in theatre courses (12 of the hours must be upper division courses, if adding the endorsement to a secondary or pre k-12 specialty license).

  • Dance, you will need to have 24 credit hours in dance courses (12 of the hours must be upper division courses, if adding the endorsement to a secondary or pre k-12 specialty license).
  • Be certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in performing arts in your respected concentration area of Music, Theatre or Dance.

Accepted Performing Arts Coursework

The licensure bureau will review performing arts coursework that includes areas of music, theatre or dance, with a concentration of 24 hours in one of those areas.

Performing Arts NMAC
Page last updated August 6, 2019