Advancement to Level II:
To remain in the teaching profession in New Mexico, a Level I teacher must advance to Level II. The Level I teacher may advance to Level II after the third year of experience, but must advance to Level II by the end of the fifth year of experience at Level I.
To advance to Level II (Professional Teacher), you must:
- Complete an approved mentoring program
- Complete three complete academic years of teaching at Level I
- Demonstrate increased teaching competencies required for Level II by submitting your Professional Development Dossier (PDD) to the Public Education Department. The PDD is documentation from the most recent three-year period and must include the following components at Level II indicators:
Strand A . Evidence of Effective Teaching based upon competencies I, II, and V.
Strand A evidence includes:
(a) student achievement data (The data provides evidence of growth and progress of the students in your class or classes. The state’s standardized test scores will not be used unless you choose to use them. PED will provide models for collecting student achievement data for the content areas that teachers may decide to use in their PDDs. Your task is to present a compelling case in the PDD through student achievement data that your students demonstrate growth over the time they are with you.); and
(b) assessment techniques and procedures; and
(c) instructional plans and materials; and
(d) examples of student work and performance; and
(e) evidence of implementation of state curriculum standards;
Strand B. Evidence of Student Learning based upon competencies III, IV, VI, and VII.
Strand B evidence includes some required evidence and some optional evidence as follows:
(a) Required evidence:
i.) adaptations/modification for diverse learners; and
ii.) evidence of effective classroom management strategies and procedures; and
iii.) classroom observation reports; and
iv.) evidence of communication with students and parents.
(b) Optional evidence in the form of:
i.) student surveys; and/or
ii.) electronic media recording of classroom activities with reflections/analysis.
Strand C. Evidence of Professional Learning based upon competencies VII and IX.
Strand C evidence includes at least one of the following:
(a) professional development activities associated with your annual professional development plan (PDP); or
(b) evidence of collaborating with professional community; or
(c) parent surveys; or
(d) research publications; or
(e) professional presentations.
OR through certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
Strand D. Proof of your successful participation in a mentoring program for at least one year.
Strand E. Copies of successful annual evaluations for your previous two years of teaching, your superintendent’s recommendation for your licensure advancement, and your district’s verification of the data submitted in your PDD.
Once you submit your PDD, along with a fee of $320.00, strands one, two, and three will be forwarded to two Independent Reviewers to assess if you have demonstrated that you meet the competency standards at Level II. Your employing school district rates strands four and five. Each of the five strands will be rated as “exceeds standards,” “meets standards,” or “does not meet standards.” You must meet or exceed standards in all five strands in order to advance to Level II. Your Level II License will be issued once the PED confirms that you meet standards in all five strands. [Application to become and Independent Reviewer]