New Mexico Alternative Certification

If you’re looking to become a teacher in New Mexico but hold a bachelor’s degree in a different field, the New Mexico Alternative Certification program is an alternative route you can take to become a certified teacher in a short amount of time. Here is a look at what the program is all about and what you need to know to apply.

Program Overview
The New Mexico Alternative Certification program requires prospective teachers to complete 12 to 21 semester hours of coursework through an approved program in addition to student-teaching. Program participants complete this program in one to three years and earn an internship certificate that is valid for three years. The internship allows candidates to teach in the classroom while completing program requirements to become a certified teacher in New Mexico. In some cases, participants can test out of certain program requirements.

Eligibility and How to Apply
Candidates interested in earning their teacher certification in elementary or secondary education must have a bachelor’s degree that includes 30 credit hours in the teaching field or a master’s degree with 12 graduate hours in the teaching field.

Candidates must pass the New Mexico Teacher Assessments (NMTA) in:

  • Basic Skills
  • Teacher Competency
  • Content Knowledge

Interested applicants must apply to this program through an approved institution.

Financial Information
Costs for the program vary depending on the university. Federal or private student loans, scholarships, and grants may be available to help pay for these programs.