What reading courses qualify for the OPAL (Online Portfolio Alternative Licensure) program requirement?

The New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) has made available a powerful set of resources for NM teachers and administrators at  We encourage you to utilize this website when you have questions about teaching-related issues in order to most quickly find your answers and accomplish your goals!

The section of the TeachNM website on OPAL is accessed by clicking “New Teachers” at the top and then “Online Portfolio for Alternative Licensure” -

The section of the TeachNM website on the 3-Tiered Licensure System may also be helpful.  It is accessed by clicking "Experienced Teachers" at the top and then "3-Tiered Licensure System" -


To check if a reading course qualifies for your OPAL program, please email the NMPED Licensure Help Desk:

Licensure Help Desk
(505) 827-5821

Please note that when applying for your Level I license, you must be a teacher of record.  Please pay for your EA license and wait until you are a teacher of record before registering for the OPAL program.


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