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Beginning Teacher Pathway

Definition: Beginning Teacher – a teacher who has not completed a teacher program (they hold an alternative license).

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 passage of the following PRAXIS exam in Health 5551.

Teacher with Existing License Pathway

Definition: Existing Teacher – a teacher who has completed a teacher program (standard or alternative).

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

  • Proof of passage of the following PRAXIS exam in Health 5551; 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.

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 July 12, 2024