Consider the options for earning Alternative Licensure and chose the one which suits you best.
If you already have a bachelor’s degree or higher, you can earn your license through one of the following pathways and begin teaching now on an internship license which is the first step towards a New Mexico license.
If you do not have a Bachelors degree, you can find approved teaching programs here.
- See the requirements for Alternative Licensure here.
Online Portfolio for Alternative Licensure (OPAL)
- The Online Portfolio for Alternative Licensure (OPAL) is the online system you will use to complete an individual profile and to upload your portfolio templates and supporting materials for review by officials in your district/charter school, by independent reviewers and the Public Education Department.
- Requirements to apply for the OPAL.
Find out which tests you will need to register for here.
Taught in another state?
- If you have a teaching license from another state or another country, you can teach apply for a NM teaching license under reciprocity and teach now.
- Reciprocity for Administrators (Must hold a Masters degree or higher). Learn more.
National Board Certification
- Possess a valid certificate issued by the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards.
Where can I apply for teaching positions?
New Mexico's online application and job bank for teaching. Districts post available positions; applicants need only to complete one application to apply in multiple districts.
Regional Education Applicant Placement Program (NMREAP) www.nmreap.net
An individual may complete either the program or portfolio route to alternative licensure independently; however, support is available for qualifying participants in alternative licensure programs.
To verify you are eligible to apply for any of these , you may contact the New Mexico Education Department at 505-827-1445.