The New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) has made available a powerful set of resources for NM teachers and administrators at http://teachnm.org. 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” - http://teachnm.org/new-teachers/online-portfolio-for-alternative-licensure.html
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" - http://teachnm.org/programs/3-tiered-licensure-system.html
To check if a reading course qualifies for your OPAL program, please email the NMPED Licensure Help Desk:
Licensure Help Desk
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.