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What are the instructions for obtaining my Level III licensure? Do I need to send in any additional applications or submit transcripts?

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 the Professional Development Dossier (PDD) for teachers is accessed by clicking “Experienced Teachers” at the top and then “Professional Development Dossier” - http://teachnm.org/programs/professional-development-dossier/pdd-for-teachers.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

 

A teacher is eligible to apply for Level III licensure upon completion of at least three years of successful teaching at Level II and achievement of either an approved post-baccalaureate Master's degree or advanced certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.  Teachers who have obtained a NM teacher license under interstate reciprocity must have at least two years’ experience in New Mexico before advancing to Level III.

If you have already provided the NM Public Education Department (NMPED) with your post-baccalaureate Master's degree or advanced certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, all you need to do is wait until your dossier is scored.  If, however, you have not provided the NMPED with these required documents, you will need to do so.

If your dossier meets expectations in all areas, the NMPED will issue you a new license at that time.  It is not necessary for you to apply for a new one.

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