New Mexico Teacher Assessments

Office for Teacher Candidate Preparation (OTCP)

The New Mexico Teacher Assessments (NMTA) are required of all new applicants for teaching and administrative licensure.

The NMTA is comprised of:

New Mexico Assessment of Teacher Basic Skills and
New Mexico Assessment of Teacher Competency (Elementary, Secondary or Early Childhood).

  • Preparing for the Tests 

LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS

The New Mexico Teacher Assessments are required for individuals who are seeking initial New Mexico licensure on or after July 1, 1999. The following licensure requirements apply:

  • Individuals applying for initial educator licensure with certain endorsements must also take the Content Knowledge Assessment(s) in History, Geography, Economics, Civics and Government; Language Arts; Mathematics; Science; Family and Consumer Sciences; Health Education; Library/Media; Music; Physical Education; Reading; Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL); Visual Arts; and/or Modern and Classical Languages (Spanish, French, German). These Content Knowledge Assessments may also be taken to add endorsements to an existing license in lieu of coursework requirements.
  • The secondary-level Content Knowledge Assessments are intended for individuals seeking a Secondary Education (7–12) license.
  • The middle-level Content Knowledge Assessments are an option for Elementary Education (K–8) licensed teachers to demonstrate that they meet the standard of “highly qualified” in a subject area according to the requirements of the “No Child Left Behind” legislation. These Content Knowledge Assessments are not required for New Mexico teacher licensure and may not be taken to obtain secondary license endorsements.
  • Individuals seeking a School Counselor, Educational Administrator, or Educational Diagnostician (PreK–12) license must take the Content Knowledge Assessment in that area.
  • Individuals seeking a Special Education (PreK–12) license must take the Content Knowledge Assessment in Special Education in addition to the New Mexico Assessment of Teacher Basic Skills and the New Mexico Assessment of Teacher Competency (Elementary or Secondary).

Please see the PED website at www.ped.state.nm.us for additional information about educator licenses and endorsements.

Initial Licensure Requirements

Teaching License Testing Requirements for an Initial License
Early Childhood (B–3) New Mexico Assessment of Teacher Basic Skills
New Mexico Assessment of Teacher Competency (Early Childhood)
Elementary Education (K–8) New Mexico Assessment of Teacher Basic Skills
New Mexico Assessment of Teacher Competency (Elementary)
New Mexico Content Knowledge Assessment in Elementary Education
NES® Essential Components of Elementary Reading Instruction
Grades PreK–12 Teaching New Mexico Assessment of Teacher Basic Skills
New Mexico Assessment of Teacher Competency (Elementary OR Secondary)
New Mexico Content Knowledge Assessment—For the first endorsement* on the license, the appropriate Content Knowledge Assessment is required in Family and Consumer Sciences; French; German; Health Education; History, Geography, Economics, Civics and Government; Language Arts; Library/Media; Mathematics; Music; Physical Education; Reading; Science; Spanish; Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL); OR Visual Arts.
Middle Level Education (5–9) New Mexico Assessment of Teacher Basic Skills
New Mexico Assessment of Teacher Competency (Elementary OR Secondary)
New Mexico Content Knowledge Assessment—For the first endorsement* on the license, the appropriate Content Knowledge Assessment is required in Family and Consumer Sciences; French; German; Health Education; Library/Media; Middle Level History, Geography, Economics, Civics and Government; Middle Level Language Arts; Middle Level Mathematics; Middle Level Science; Music; Physical Education; Reading; Spanish; Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL); OR Visual Arts.
Secondary Education (7–12) New Mexico Assessment of Teacher Basic Skills
New Mexico Assessment of Teacher Competency (Secondary)
New Mexico Content Knowledge Assessment—For the first endorsement* on the license, the appropriate Content Knowledge Assessment is required in Family and Consumer Sciences; French; German; Health Education; History, Geography, Economics, Civics and Government; Language Arts; Library/Media; Mathematics; Music; Physical Education; Reading; Science; Spanish; Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL); OR Visual Arts.
Educational Administrator (PreK–12) New Mexico Content Knowledge Assessment for Educational Administrator
Educational Diagnostician (PreK–12) New Mexico Content Knowledge Assessment for Educational Diagnostician
School Counselor (PreK–12) New Mexico Content Knowledge Assessment for School Counselor
Special Education (PreK–12) New Mexico Assessment of Teacher Basic Skills
New Mexico Assessment of Teacher Competency (Elementary OR Secondary)
New Mexico Content Knowledge Assessment in Special Education