State Profile

School Leader Certification and Preparation Programs

State Profile - New Mexico

April 2018

 


The data included in this 50-state comparison is specific to school leader preparation program and certification requirements. There may be additional requirements that are not indicated. For additional information, questions or comments, please contact Deven Scott at dscott@ecs.org


Standards
Has the state adopted leadership standards? Yes. New Mexico has adopted state administrator licensure competencies and indicators. N.M. Admin. Code 6.62.2
Preparation
Which state entity approves traditional school leader preparation programs? New Mexico Public Education Department N.M. Admin. Code 6.62.2
Does state policy require school leader preparation programs to align with adopted standards? Yes. Educational administration preparation programs must address the department's approved functional areas and related competencies in educational administration. N.M. Admin. Code 6.62.2
Does state policy require field experience as part of school leader preparation programs? Yes. Candidates prepared for a Standard License in Educational Administration through the traditional route are required to complete a department-approved apprenticeship program consisting of a minimum of 180 hours. N.M. Admin. Code 6.62.2
Does state policy allow for innovative or experimental preparation programs? No state policy found.
Certification and Licensure
What are the initial school leader certification requirements? To qualify for a Standard License in Educational Administration, a candidate must:
  • Hold a level 2 Teaching License and have met all of the requirements for a level 3-A Teaching License or hold a level 2 Teaching License and have held a level 3 School Counselor License while working as a teacher or school counselor for at least four years
  • Hold a bachelor's degree and a master's degree or higher from a regionally-accredited college or university or hold current certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
  • Complete a minimum of 18 semester hours of graduate credit in a department-approved educational administration program which addresses the department's approved functional areas and related competencies in educational administration
  • Complete a department-approved administration apprenticeship program at a college or university through an educational administration program consisting of a minimum of 180 hours for one calendar year or complete an apprenticeship program under the supervision of a local school superintendent, private school official, charter school licensed administrator or state agency educational administrator consisting of a minimum of 180 hours for one calendar year
  • Receive a passing score on the New Mexico Educational Administrator assessment.
N.M. Admin. Code 6.62.2
What are the requirements for school leaders licensed out-of-state? Out-of-state applicants holding a valid, comparable certificate issued by another state must also hold a master's degree or higher from a regionally-accredited or state-approved program and compete an approved preparation program. In addition, applicants who began their preparation program in 2003 or later must document at least six years of teaching experience or six years of a combination of teaching and administrative experience, with at least three of those as a teacher. N.M. Admin. Code 6.60.4
Is there an alternative route to initial certification? A candidate may be eligible for alternative administrator licensure without completing an administrator preparation program by holding a master's degree or higher and having at least six years of administrator experience at the post-secondary level. Candidates must also complete an internship of at least one full school year while holding an Administrator Internship License and working as an administrator in a school district, charter school, private school or state agency education program. Upon completion of the internship, a candidate may be issued an Alternative Level 3-B Administrator License. N.M. Admin. Code 6.60.3.9

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