New Mexico Substitute Teaching License

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The New Mexico Public Education Department issues Substitute Teacher Licenses to qualified applicants who wish to substitute teach in grades Pre K-12. Your Substitute Teacher License may be valid for up to three years, and is renewable.

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Education Requirements

If you wish to substitute teach grades K-8, you must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or GED. If you wish to substitute teach grades 9-12, you must be at least 21 years old and have a high school diploma or GED. You must also meet one of the following requirements:

  1. Complete an approved teacher preparation program from a regionally accredited institution
  2. Have a current standard or substitute teaching license from another state
  3. Complete two or more of the following requirements:
    • Have at least three hours of substitute teacher training in three days during your first year of employment as a substitute
    • Observe at least three hours of teaching in the school and grade level in which you will work as a substitute
    • Complete a substitute workshop offered by the school district
    • Complete 60 hours of college credit from a regionally accredited institution
    • Enrollment in a teacher preparation program
    • Meet experience requirements as described below
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Experience

No experience is necessary to obtain a substitute teaching license, except to meet the requirement in 3(e) above:
  • Have worked for at least three hours in the past three years as a substitute teacher in any accredited/recognized New Mexico school
  • Have worked in verified, paid employment during the three years before applying for a substitute teacher certificate
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Criminal History Background Check

When applying for a Substitute Teacher License in New Mexico, you will be asked to undergo a criminal history background check and provide your fingerprints. The Educator Ethics Bureau (505-827-6649) will provide you with a fingerprint card packet, which you must take to your local police station or law enforcement agency where they will facilitate fingerprinting for a fee. Mail the completed fingerprint packet with your application for a substitute teacher license.

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Contact Information

For information on substitute teacher licensure in New Mexico, contact the Professional Licensure Bureau of the New Mexico Public Education Department at 505-827-5821.