Become a Substitute Teacher in New Mexico

Applicants seeking their Substitute Teacher licensure within the New Mexico Public Education Department must meet following requirements:

  • High school diploma (or GED equivalent)
  • Be at least 18 years of age for grades K-8 or 21 years of age for grades 9-12
  • Complete state-approved teacher education program from an accredited institution
  • Hold a current substitute and/or standard teaching license from another state


  • Verification of completing two or more of the following:
    • Within 12 months of employment, received on-the-job volunteer training of at least three hours within three days
    • Observed three or more hours of teaching in a school system at the desired grade level
    • Completed substitute workshop
    • Performed at least three hours of instructional services as a substitute teacher within three years of application
    • Engaged in three years of paid employment prior to applying for substitute licensure
    • Completed 60 hours of college credit from an accredited institution
    • Completed or enrolled in teacher education program through an accredited institution

Learn more about how to become a teacher in New Mexico.