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Specialty License (Grades Pre K-12)

Specialty License (Grades Pre K-12) 2022-09-27T15:59:29-06:00

A Pre K-12 specialty level teaching license authorizes an individual to teach in a departmentalized setting. The individual must be endorsed in the subject they are teaching. **Educators who have completed a program in Physical Education (preK-12), Performing Arts Education (preK-12), and Visual Arts Education (preK-12) are eligible to apply for this license.**

Initial License

NOTE:

  • If an Educator has a NM Special Education license – he/she is automatically eligible for the Pre K-12 license provided they meet the endorsement requirement.
  • If an educator has an NM Elementary license– and has 3 credit hours in Secondary Pedagogy course or passes the Professional Knowledge in Secondary- he/she is eligible for the Pre K-12 license provided they meet the endorsement requirement.
  • If an Educator has a NM Secondary license– and has 3 credit hours in Elementary Pedagogy course or passes the Professional Knowledge in Elementary – he/she is eligible for the Pre K-12 license provided they meet the endorsement requirement.
  • If an Educator has a NM Mid-Level license– and has 3 credit hours in Secondary Pedagogy course or passes the Professional Knowledge in Secondary- he/she is eligible for the Pre K-12 license provided they meet the endorsement requirement.

Specialty NMAC Code

Renewal License

  • $120 (non-refundable) fee will be valid for a one year grace period for level 2 or 3 (from time of expiration). If the expiration date exceeds the grace period a $150.00 would apply; and
  • Renewal Application via NMPED Online Licensure Portal; and
  • Superintendent ‘s Recommendation for Continuing Licensure (Must be on School District Letterhead).
    • Note: The earliest you can renew same level license is January of expiring year.

Note: If you are renewing a level 2 or 3 expired license (expired for more than a year), you will be required to complete the following:

  • $150 fee (non-refundable fee); and
  • Renewal Application via NMPED Online Licensure Portal; and
  • Superintendent Recommendation Form for renewal from last employing school district from the HR (must be school district letterhead; and 
  • Verification of 5 years teaching experience in New Mexico (must be on school district letterhead); and
  • Register for background/fingerprints for “Teacher Licensure”.

Superintendent Recommendation form

Specialty NMAC Code

Reciprocating a License

  • $150 (non-refundable) fee; and
  • Initial Application via NMPED Online Licensure Portal; and
  • Provide Official transcripts reflecting a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a K-12 education program earned from a regionally accredited college/university; and
    • If this was completed through an alternative teacher preparation program, please have that agency complete the NMPED Approved Program Completion Verification Form
    • And if applicable – Official Foreign Transcripts and Official Course-by-Course Transcripts Evaluation; must be sealed and addressed to 300 Don Gaspar, Santa Fe, NM 87501
  • Copy of current valid teaching license from out-of-state state education agency, Department of Defense School, or foreign country or a Notarized statement stating licensure was not required; and
  • Copy of Passage of Teacher Exams or a Notarized statement stating exams were not required; and
  • Verification of experience (Must be on Out-of-State School District Letterhead). Please break down experience by M/D/Y and please indicate the number of days taught for each year. 160 days commonly equals 1 full school year. Please use form below; and
  • Register for background/fingerprints for “Teacher Licensure”.

Reciprocity Out-of-State Experience Form

No Exam Statement

No Out-of-State License Requirement Statement

Reciprocity NMAC Code


Delay of application:

  • Your application is lacking supporting documents listed in the above check list.
  • If your license(s) has expired (and you do not have additional valid licenses on file), and your background was completed 24 months or more, you will need to complete a new background for Teacher Licensure. School Employment backgrounds will not be accepted.

NMPED Correspondence with Educators:

  • Consultants correspond by email; please check your spam/junk folder.


 


All fees submitted are non-refundable

 

Page last updated September 27, 2022