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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:

  • 24-36 semester hours of TESOL courses (including 6 hours in a language other than English. Note: “A language” references the same language, not two different languages used as a combination) and

  • Passage of the Content Knowledge Assessment (CKA) exam from PRAXIS English to Speakers of Other Languages ESOL.

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. Note: “A language” references the same language, not two different languages used as a combination); 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. Note: “A language” references the same language, not two different languages used as a combination)); or

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

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BMEP Endorsement Waiver

If you don’t have the eligible coursework or exam, your LEA (District/Charter) may submit BMEP Endorsement Waiver on your behalf. Please contact the Language & Culture Division if you have additional questions.

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 January 22, 2021