A teacher is eligible to apply for Level III licensure upon completion of at least three years of successful teaching at Level II AND achievement of either an approved post-baccalaureate (master's) degree or advanced certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Teachers who have obtained a NM teacher license under interstate reciprocity must have at least two years experience in New Mexico before advancing to Level III.
If VAS is at least 50% may bypass PDD if:
- District/Principal submits verification form (Use Superintendent’s Recommendation Form for Advancing Licensure without the Professional Development Dossier (PDD))
- Teacher submits the NMPED application for renewal
- Teacher submits typical $95.00 fee
Complete Advancement Application.
In order to advance to a Level III without using the dossier, you would have to be approved as an Effective/Highly Effective teacher:
District/Principal submits verification form (Use Superintendent’s Recommendation Form for Advancing Licensure) to New Mexico Public Education (NMPED). Superintendent Recommendation Form
For additional questions, please contact NMPED Licensure Department at 505-827-1436.