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Why Teach in New Mexico?

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Find job opportunities in districts and charter schools across New Mexico.

  1. Click the red square icon to for charter school details, or click the blue district outline to search district details.
  2. Click on the district’s recruitment link to find open positions in that area.
  3. Click the popout icon in the upper left to filter districts and charters.

Teacher Stories

Opportunities & Next Steps

I have a valid NM teaching license and am ready to teach! How do I find and apply for a job opening?

Find opportunities in districts across the state using this map tool. To apply, contact the district directly, or use their specific hiring portal.

I’m licensed but not teaching, what opportunities are available for me?

Retired teachers can come back to work within 90 days of retiring and still collect retirement benefits. Many districts offer signing bonuses and other incentives.

I’m a new teacher, what opportunities are available for me?

Achieve Excellence Program

AE is a one-year program aimed at supporting and empowering New Mexico’s early career and alternative licensure teachers as they work to improve instruction and dramatically increase student outcomes in their schools.

Other Resources

New Mexico Regional Education Application Placement (REAP)

Loan Forgiveness

Teachers for Tomorrow program gives qualifying teachers 0% interest when federal loans enter repayment.

Teacher Loan Repayment Program provides tuition reimbursement for high-need teacher positions.

I’m a college student, what opportunities are available to me?

Teacher Preparation Affordability Scholarship

This program provides up to $6000 to help off-set costs of tuition, fees, books and course supplies and living expenses.

Alternative Licensure

Alternative licensure is a year-long “fast-track” program that prepares teachers to be successful in New Mexico’s diverse classrooms.

Teacher Residencies

Residencies provide teacher candidates with a $35,000 one-year stipend while simultaneously being enrolled in wrap-around course work at a partnering college/university and being placed in a fully immersive year-long clinically-rich experience at a partnering school district.

Educator Fellows

Educator Fellows is a two-year program for individuals with a high school diploma who are pursuing a degree in education. Fellows receive professional mentorship and coaching, full benefits, and a tuition-related stipend.

I’m an Education Assistant or Instructional Aid, what opportunities are available to me?

Grow Your Own Teachers Scholarships

School employees looking to pursue careers in teaching in-state are eligible for generous scholarships to attend a public university or college in New Mexico to earn a bachelor’s degree in education.

Find out more about eligibility and applications at the Department of Higher Education here.

Educator Fellows

Educator Fellows is a two-year program for individuals with a high school diploma who are pursuing a degree in education. Fellows receive professional mentorship and coaching, full benefits, and a tuition-related stipend.

I’m applying to teach from another state. What level of teaching license will I receive in New Mexico?

  • 1-3 years of teaching experience = Level 1 license (base salary $50,000)
  • 3-5 years of teaching experience = Level 2 license (base salary $60,000)
  • 6 or more years of experience and a master’s degree = Level 3A license (base salary $70,000)

I received my degree from another state but did not get licensed there. How do I get a NM license?

Other Resources

License Reciprocation

Open positions + Sign-on incentives

I have a degree, but not in education. How do I become a teacher in New Mexico?

The Alternative Licensure pathway is a great choice for those who completed a bachelor’s degree in a non-traditional teaching field and wish to fast-track into education. Use your experience and passion from other fields in the classroom, without having to return to college for a four-year teaching degree.

Pathways to alternative licensure:

If you worked as a university professor or an administrator, we have opportunities for you, too. Look into our post-secondary experience opportunities to become a Prek-12 administrator or educator in a NM school district.

Learn about more opportunities here:

Alternative Licensure Programs/Opportunities

I’m a high school student, what opportunities are available to me?

Educators Rising New Mexico

Educators Rising guides young people on a path from middle/high school through college and into their teaching careers by working with aspiring educators who reflect the demographics of their communities.

Educator Fellows

Educator Fellows is a two-year program for individuals with a high school diploma school who are pursuing a degree in education. Fellows receive professional mentorship and coaching, full benefits, and a tuition-related stipend.

Golden Apple Scholars Program of New Mexico

The Golden Apple Scholars Program in New Mexico is a teacher preparation program for high school seniors through sophomores in college. After applying and being selected, students receive mentoring from award-winning teaching faculty, academic and social-emotional support, job placement assistance, and experience teaching and leading in their own communities.

Frequently Asked Questions

New Mexico is a great place to teach, and we need great teachers! Here are just a few reasons you should consider becoming a teacher in New Mexico:

  • Higher salaries in the Four Corners region
  • Smaller class sizes than surrounding states
  • Upward mobility and graduated pay raises
  • Excellent pension and retirement benefits
  • Loan forgiveness, scholarships, and tuition-free education options
  • Vibrant, diverse population
    • In the top 10 states with largest Hispanic/Latino population
    • Home to 23 Native American tribes and sovereign territories
  • Culturally and linguistically responsive curriculum
    • Equity Council community leadership in each district
    • New Senior capstone graduation pathway prioritizes minority identities, voices, and experiences, as an alternative to standardized testing
    • Community-informed Graduation Profiles
    • Statewide social and emotional learning framework
  • Most regions offer low cost of living and affordable housing
  • Great climate and extensive outdoor recreation opportunities in all seasons
  • Ranked in top 10 states for highest percentage of public land and wildlife preserves

Beginning in 2022, the starting salaries of public school teachers have increased from $40,000 to $50,000; the minimum salaries for teachers in Tier 2 were raised from $50,000 to $60,000, and Tier 3 teacher salaries increased from $60,000 to $70,000.

New legislation raised the employer contributions to the Educator Retirement Board fund, so that teacher take-home pay is even higher. More information at https://www.nmerb.org

The current salary tiers in New Mexico are:

  • Tier 1: $50,000
  • Tier 2: $60,000
  • Tier 3: $70,000

There are two pathways to licensure in New Mexico: traditional and alternative.

Traditional pathway

Teachers who completed a traditional education program via a college or university degree will follow the traditional pathway for licensure.

Requirements:

  • Initial Application via the NMPED Online Licensure Portal + $150 application fee
  • Official sealed transcripts reflecting completion of an Elementary bachelor’s degree program from a regionally accredited college or university; and includes
    • 30 semester hours in Elementary education course work to include student teaching
    • 6 semester hours in teaching reading for those who first entered any college or university on or after August 1, 2001
    • 24 semester hours in a teaching field, e.g., language arts, social studies, math, etc.
  • Passage of PRAXIS exams
  • Register for background/fingerprints for “Teacher Licensure”.

Alternative pathway

Individuals who have a Bachelor’s degree not in an educational program can complete their teaching licensure through a two-year fast track program such as the Educator Prep Program, or by submitting an Online Portfolio for Alternative Licensure (OPAL).

Educator Prep Program

Requirements:

  • Alternative Application via NMPED Online Licensure Portal + $150 application fee
  • Official sealed transcripts Bachelor’s Degree including 30 semester hours, or Master’s Degree including 12 graduate hours, or Doctoral Degree in a teaching field
  • A letter of Acceptance into an Approved Alternative Teacher Education Program
  • Register for background/fingerprints for “Teacher Licensure”.

Online Portfolio for Alternative Licensure (OPAL)

The Online Portfolio for Alternative Licensure (OPAL) Pathway Program allows an educator to teach at a school district for 2 years while being mentored and evaluated at a New Mexico Public School District, while simultaneously completing the required teaching of reading course(s) and required licensure exams.

Requirements:

  • Alternative Application via NMPED Online Licensure Portal + $150 application fee
  • Official sealed transcripts Bachelor’s Degree including 30 semester hours, Master’s Degree including 12 graduate hours, or Doctoral Degree in a teaching field
  • A signed letter of interest to undergo the OPAL Pathway
  • A signed plan/letter from district supporting request for educator to undergo the OPAL Pathway (Must be on a school district letterhead)
  • Register for background/fingerprints for “Teacher Licensure”.

Learn more: How to Apply for an NM Teaching License

Special Education Teacher Training (SETT) is a 15-month program that enables new teachers to co-teach with experienced teachers during their first semester of teaching while completing coursework for Pre-K-12 Specialty licensure.

SETT Teacher Candidate Benefits

  • Earn Level-1 APS salary with full benefits
  • Assistance in applying for grants/scholarships to pay for special education licensure and TESOL endorsement coursework
  • Layered levels of support and mentorship for two years
  • Guaranteed employment with successful completion of the program

Visit the SETT page for more information

New Mexico has an ongoing, urgent need for qualified, quality teachers. Want to teach math? We need you! Want to support Native American students? Are you interested in working with students with disabilities or special needs? We need you! Are you bilingual? We need you too!

Positions with the highest number of teacher vacancies are special education and elementary education. The subjects with the largest needs are math, science, English language arts, and English as a Second Language (ESL).

New Mexico believes in supporting teachers at all levels of their careers by providing high-quality professional development.

Explore an array of supports for educators at all levels and objectives—from culturally and linguistically responsive education to multi-layered systems of support and more.

Browse professional learning opportunities by subject.

Learn more

The NM Public Education Department believes in the strength of New Mexico’s diverse communities and in the inherent value of our multilingualism, resilience, creativity, culture, and compassion for one another. The newly released Comprehensive Strategic Plan details the strategies and actions PED is taking to achieve equity and excellence across four pillars:

  • Promoting a vibrant educator ecosystem
  • Supporting the whole child
  • Developing pathways and profiles of a New Mexican graduate
  • Closing the opportunity gap through asset-based supports

For more information, view the NM Public Education Department’s 2022 Strategic Plan.

Page last updated November 16, 2022