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New Mexico

New Mexico Test Requirements

Beginning July 2022, approved educator preparation programs in New Mexico must adopt a standardized portfolio that will serve as a rigorous approval process for becoming a licensed educator in New Mexico, and Praxis examination pathways will be removed for educators who will graduate in Spring 2024. All Elementary Educators seeking licensure must still complete the Praxis: Teaching Reading: Elementary (5205) examination per state statute 22-10A-1 NMSA 1978.

For students currently enrolled in a traditional or alternative educator preparation program and graduating between May 2022 and December 2023, all Praxis Core examinations will be waived but all other examinations will need to be completed and passed.

For students who are currently in and/or will be entering the alternative online portfolio program pathway, Core examinations will be waived but all other examinations will need to be completed and passed.
 

Graduation/Completion Date Portfolio1 Standardized Examinations

Spring, Summer and Winter 2022

No

No Praxis Core, but student must take all other required exams

Spring, Summer and Winter 2023

No

No Praxis Core, but student must take all other required exams

Spring, Summer and Winter 2024 and ongoing

Yes

No Praxis examination required except for out-of-state candidates or unique circumstances2


1  Required by PED. If your institution has a required portfolio, you must complete it.
2 All Elementary Educators seeking licensure must still complete Praxis. Teaching Reading: Elementary (5205) examination per state statute 22-10A-1 NMSA 1978.

Find your certification area below to determine which test(s) you need to take. For test prep materials, click the test title. Once you know which tests you should take, schedule your test.

Unless it’s specifically stated that a calculator is permitted or required for a particular test, you can’t use a calculator on any Praxis tests (see Calculator Use).
 

Tests required for initial licensure areas

All candidates for an initial teaching license in Early Childhood Education are required to take the appropriate content assessment.
 

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score

Early Childhood Education (Birth–PreK)

Pre-Kindergarten Education

5531

155

Early Childhood Education (PreK–Grade 3)

Education of Young Children

5024

160

All candidates for an initial teaching license in Elementary Education are required to take a Principles of Learning and Teaching assessment and the appropriate content assessments.
 

To Be Certified in


Elementary Education (K–8)

 

You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score

Principles of Learning and Teaching Assessment

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6

5622

160

Content Assessment

Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment

and

5017

153

Teaching Reading: Elementary

5205

159

All candidates for an initial teaching license in Middle Level Education (5–9) are required to take a Principles of Learning and Teaching assessment and a content assessment for the first endorsement on the license.
 

To Be Certified in


Middle School Education (5–9)

 

All candidates for an initial teaching license in Secondary Education are required to take a Principles of Learning and Teaching assessment and a content assessment for the first endorsement on the license.
 

To Be Certified in


Secondary Education (7–12)

 

All candidates for an initial teaching license in Grades Specialty Pre K–12 are required to take a Principles of Learning and Teaching assessment and a content assessment for the first endorsement on the license.
 

To Be Certified in


Specialty Pre K–12

 

You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score

Principles of Learning and Teaching Assessment

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6

or

5622

160

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12

5624

157

One of the Content Assessments Listed Below for the First Endorsement on the License

Art: Content Knowledge

5134

158

English to Speakers of Other Languages

5362

155

Family and Consumer Sciences

5122

153

French: World Language

5174

162

German: World Language

5183

163

Health Education

5551

155

Music: Content Knowledge

5113

161

Physical Education: Content Knowledge

5091

148

Teaching Reading: K–12

5206

156

Library Media Specialist

5311

151

Spanish World Language

5195

168

All candidates for an initial teaching license in Special Education are required to take a Principles of Learning and Teaching assessment and the appropriate content assessment.
 

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Special Education (Pre K–12)

Principles of Learning and Teaching Assessment

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6

or

5622

160

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12

5624

157

 

Content Assessment

 

Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications

5354

151

Blind and Visually Impaired (PreK–12)

Principles of Learning and Teaching Assessment

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6

or

5622

160

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12

5624

157

 

Content Assessment

 

Special Education: Teaching Students with Visual Impairments

5282

163

Deaf and Hard of Hearing (PreK–12)

Principles of Learning and Teaching Assessment

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6

or

5622

160

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12

5624

157

 

Content Assessment

 

Special Education: Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students

5272

160

To Be Certified in


Educational Administrator (Pre K–12)

 

You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score

Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision

5412

146

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score

School Psychologist  (Pre K–12)

School Psychologist

5402

147

School Counselor

Professional School Counselor

5421

156

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score

Art

Art: Content Knowledge

5134

158

English Language Arts

English Language Arts: Content Knowledge

5038

167

English to Speakers of Other Languages

English to Speakers of Other Languages

5362

155

Family and Consumer Sciences

Family and Consumer Sciences

5122

153

French

French: World Language

5174

162

General Science

General Science: Content Knowledge

5435

152

German

German: World Language

5183

163

Gifted Education

Gifted Education

5358

157

Health

Health Education

5551

155

Mathematics  Mathematics
(On-screen graphing calculator provided)

5165

159

Middle Grades English Language Arts

Middle School English Language Arts

5047

164

Middle Grades General Science

Middle School Science

5442

152

Middle Grades Mathematics  Middle School Mathematics
(On-screen graphing calculator provided)
 

5164

157

Middle Grades Social Science

Middle School Social Studies

5089

152

Music

Music: Content Knowledge

5113

161

Physical Education

Physical Education: Content Knowledge

5091

148

Psychology

Psychology

5391

154

Reading

Teaching Reading: K–12

5206

156

School Library Media Specialist

Library Media Specialist

5311

151

Social Science

Social Studies: Content Knowledge

5081

154

Spanish

Spanish World Language

5195

168

Technology Education

Technology Education

5051

159


Individuals seeking additional endorsements must take 24 semester hours in the appropriate content area OR must take and pass the appropriate content knowledge assessment. Individuals seeking to add a gifted education endorsement to an initial license must either take 24 semester hours in gifted teaching coursework OR must take 12 semester hours of gifted teaching coursework AND pass the Gifted Education test.

TBA: To Be Announced. All TBA scores will be available once the test is required.

This page is a supplement to The Praxis® Tests Information Bulletin (PDF).


New Mexico Public Education Department