New Mexico Teacher Education Programs

(found programs from 10 schools)

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Teacher Certification in NM:
New Mexico Teacher Certification Info

Follow the links below to find schools offering different types of teacher education programs in New Mexico. If you are trying to become a teacher, and you plan on working in New Mexico, you should definitely take a look at the Department of Education's website. The individual states make a lot of their own decisions about how teachers need to be prepared.

Also, as a rule, you should contact multiple schools if you are seriously considering going back for a degree or certificate in education. There can sometimes be very significant differences in tuition, admissions requirements, and so on, even between schools that you might think are very similar. So, it's always a good idea to contact a number of schools and do a little comparison shopping.


New Mexico is a land of natural wonders. Tourists come from all over to explore the underground splendor of Carlsbad Caverns or marvel at its dazzling white sand. UFO enthusiasts flock to Roswell in search of a close encounter. Teachers can find work in small, rural schools or in classrooms in the state’s cities. The state offers some incentives for those willing to work in underserved areas.

Teacher Education in New Mexico

New Mexico has fewer than 10 education schools, but almost all of them offer the opportunity for a master’s degree. Doctorates are available at the larger state institutions. Available financial assistance includes a state-sponsored loan-for-service program and scholarships for Native Americans willing to teach in high-need schools. To be licensed in New Mexico, teachers must have completed a minimum number of undergraduate credits in their chosen specialization area. The exact number depends on which grade levels and subjects they are working in.

Teaching Careers in New Mexico

According to 2010 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, teachers in New Mexico earn almost $49,000 a year. The state requires new teachers be mentored and it offers a loan-forgiveness program for teachers willing to work in underserved areas.

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