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TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

27- Licensure Code


Beginning Teacher Pathway

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

Teacher with Existing License Pathway

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

  • Earn 12 semester hours of credit in TESOL (6 hours must be in a language other than English; 6 hours must be upper division courses or post baccalaureate credits that address the competencies in Subsection C through F of 6.64.11.9 NMAC, except that the credit hours in a language other than English may be waived if the candidate has passed the language proficiency examination for bilingual education in Spanish or the Navajo language proficiency test.); or

  • Earn 24-36 semester hours of credit in TESOL (12 of the hours must be upper division credit if adding the endorsement to a secondary or pre k-12 specialty license. 6 hours must be in a language other than English); or

  • Be certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in TESOL.

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Accepted TESOL Coursework

The licensure bureau will review TESOL coursework that includes up to 6 hours of any foreign language other than English (i.e. 6 hours of Spanish, Navajo, French, German), methods for teaching English as a second language, culture (i.e. History of Southwest, Literature of the Southwest, education across cultures, cultural anthropology), English linguistics or phonetics, English grammar, assessment and parent/community involvement. Basic English composition courses are not acceptable for the grammar competency.

Approved TESOL Programs

  • Central New Mexico Community College
  • Eastern New Mexico University
  • Fort Lewis College
  • New Mexico Highlands University
  • New Mexico State University
  • Northern New Mexico College
  • Santa Fe Community College
  • San Juan College
  • University of New Mexico
  • Western New Mexico University

Page last updated February 19, 2020