Roadmap for NM Teaching Licensure Testing
Please note: All COEHS students in a Special Education program should seek guidance on skills and licensing testing directly from the Department of Special Education at specialeducation.unm.edu.
If you took and passed one or more NMTA/NES exams prior to the switch to the Praxis, NMPED has indicated that those scores will be accepted. If you have questions about this policy, please visit the NMPED Licensure Bureau’s Assessment webpage or contact the information desk at LicensureUnit@state.nm.us.
Planning to become a licensed teacher in New Mexico?
In order to become a licensed teacher in the state of New Mexico, you must meet the required test scores for the Praxis exams required for the license that you are seeking. To find out which exams you need to take, visit the New Mexico Public Education Department’s teacher assessments webpage. To access the online Licensure Portal and learn about how to become a licensed teacher in New Mexico, visit the NMPED Professional Licensure Bureau’s webpage.
If you're not absolutely sure, check with your advisor to make sure you're pursuing the correct license requirements.
Prior to or during your first year of a COEHS teacher licensure program
All students must take the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Exams.
The COEHS has extensive preparation and support materials for the Praxis:
As you prepare to graduate
You must take the Praxis licensure assessments that are required for your license. To find out which exams you need to take for your license, visit the New Mexico Public Education Department’s teacher assessments webpage.
Graduated from a Teacher Licensure Program
If you haven’t completed the NMTA, NES, or Praxis exams required for your New Mexico teacher license, contact us at email@example.com.