TITLE 6                 PRIMARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION

CHAPTER 60       SCHOOL PERSONNEL - GENERAL PROVISIONS

PART 3                 ALTERNATIVE LICENSURE

 

6.60.3.1                 ISSUING AGENCY:  Public Education Department (PED)

[6.60.3.1 NMAC - Rp, 6.60.3.1 NMAC, 10-31-07]

 

6.60.3.2                 SCOPE:  This rule establishes alternative pathways to teacher licensure in early childhood education, elementary education, middle level education, pre K-12 specialty area education, secondary education, or special education for persons who have earned at least a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university but have never completed an educator preparation program and for persons who hold a post-baccalaureate degree and have teaching experience at the post-secondary level.  This rule also establishes an alternative licensure pathway in administration for persons who hold a post-baccalaureate degree and have administration experience at the post-secondary level.  The alternative pathways to teaching licensure in this rule may also be used by teachers employed in New Mexico public schools, charter schools, accredited or private schools who hold standard teaching licensure, to obtain additional licensure at the same level as their existing license or licenses.

[6.60.3.2 NMAC - Rp, 6.60.3.2 NMAC, 10-31-07; A, 06-15-09]

 

6.60.3.3                 STATUTORY AUTHORITY:  22-2-1, 22-2-2, 22-10A-6, and 22-10A-8, NMSA 1978.

[6.60.3.3 NMAC - Rp, 6.60.3.3 NMAC, 10-31-07]

 

6.60.3.4                 DURATION:  Permanent

[6.60.3.4 NMAC - Rp, 6.60.3.4 NMAC, 10-31-07]

 

6.60.3.5                 EFFECTIVE DATE:  October 31, 2007, unless a later date is cited in the history note at the end of a section.

[6.60.3.5 NMAC - Rp, 6.60.3.5 NMAC, 10-31-07]

 

6.60.3.6                 OBJECTIVE:  Through this rule the PED implements a state law that provides alternative routes to New Mexico teacher licensure for persons who hold at least a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university but have not completed a traditional educator preparation program.

[6.60.3.6 NMAC - Rp, 6.60.3.6 NMAC, 10-31-07]

 

6.60.3.7                 DEFINITIONS:

                A.            “Particular field” means the license or endorsement area being sought.

                B.            “Appertains and corresponds to the subject area of instruction and level of instruction” means:

                    (1)     that for early childhood licensure, the degree, including the credit hours, shall be related to early childhood education, birth through grade 3;

                    (2)     that for elementary licensure, the degree, including the credit hours, shall include completed course work in any combination of the subject areas of language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, history, fine or performing arts and foreign language;

                    (3)     that for middle level, secondary, and pre K-12 specialty area licensure the degree, including the credit hours, shall be in the license or endorsement area being sought; and,

                    (4)     that for special education licensure, the degree, including the credit hours, shall include completed course work in any combination of the subject areas of language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, history, fine or performing arts and foreign language, or shall be related to special education (such as general elementary or secondary education, special education, psychology, child development, reading education).

                C.            “A program approved by the PED” means that the same program approval standards and procedures used by the PED for approving university preparatory programs shall be applied to alternative programs in New Mexico.

                D.            “Core academic subjects” means English, language arts, reading, mathematics, science, the arts, including music and visual arts, and social studies, which includes civics, government, economics, history, and geography, and modern and classical languages, except for the modern and classical Native American languages and cultures of New Mexico tribes or pueblos.

                E.             “A highly qualified, beginning early childhood, elementary, middle level, secondary, pre K-12 specialty area" teacher, under this rule, means a teacher who is fully qualified to teach the core academic subjects, who is new to the profession, who has pursued an alternative route to licensure and who:

                    (1)     meets the requirements for alternative licensure in 6.60.3.8 NMAC; and

                    (2)     has no licensure requirements waived on an emergency or temporary basis, or for any other reason; and

                    (3)     has passed all applicable teacher testing requirements for the level of licensure under 6.60.5.8 NMAC.

                F.             “A highly qualified beginning middle or junior high school teacher holding alternative elementary K-8 licensure”, under this rule, means a teacher who is fully qualified to teach the core academic subjects in a public middle or junior high school, and who is new to the profession and has pursued an alternative route to licensure, and who:

                    (1)     meets the requirements for alternative elementary K-8 licensure in 6.60.3.8 NMAC; and

                    (2)     has no licensure requirements waived on an emergency or temporary basis, or for any other reason; and

                    (3)     has passed all applicable teacher testing requirements for elementary K-8 licensure in 6.60.5.8 NMAC; and

                    (4)     if the teacher is new to the profession after June 30, 2006, or if the teacher was hired after the first day of school of the 2002-2003 school year and assigned to work in a title I targeted assistance program or a title I school-wide program:

                              (a)     has passed the content knowledge test(s) of the New Mexico teacher assessments or comparable licensure tests from another state in each subject area the teacher teaches; or

                              (b)     has successfully completed an undergraduate academic major or coursework equivalent to an undergraduate major, or a graduate degree, in each core academic subject the teacher teaches.

                G.            “A highly qualified beginning pre K-12 special education teacher,” under this rule, means a teacher who is new to the profession and who has pursued an alternative route to licensure and who is fully qualified to teach special education students by either providing access for those students to a regular education classroom where instruction in the core academic subjects is delivered by a highly qualified regular education teacher, by being fully qualified to teach each core academic subject the special education teacher teaches, or by being fully qualified to teach either language arts or mathematics or science and becoming fully qualified to teach any other core academic subjects which the teacher teaches within two years after the date of initial employment and who:

                    (1)     meets the requirements for pre K-12 special education licensure in Subsections A or B in 6.61.6.8 NMAC; and

                    (2)     has no licensure requirements waived on an emergency or temporary basis, or for any other reason; and

                    (3)     has passed all applicable teacher testing requirements for licensure in 6.60.5.8 NMAC.

                H.            “A highly qualified teacher candidate for level 1 alternative licensure” means a person participating in an alternative route to licensure, who meets all of the following requirements:

                    (1)     has fulfilled the degree requirements set forth in Subsection A of 6.60.3.8 NMAC; and

                    (2)     receives high-quality professional development that is sustained, intensive, and classroom-focused, and includes classroom management and lesson planning for teaching New Mexico’s diverse student population, both before and while teaching; and

                    (3)     participates in a program of intensive supervision that consists of structured guidance and regular ongoing support for teachers or a teacher mentoring program; and

                    (4)     assumes duties as a teacher of record for a period of at least one full school year under the internship license not to exceed three years, and

                    (5)     demonstrates satisfactory progress toward full alternative licensure by completing at least nine semester hours per year in an alternative licensure program or successfully demonstrating competency by way of portfolio assessment or by way of local evaluations for two full school years in an approved school district alternative program.

                I.              “Internship license” means a three-year certificate or license issued by the PED authorizing a candidate to teach where the candidate does not yet meet the requirements for a level 1 alternative license but is satisfactorily participating in an alternative route to licensure under 6.60.3 NMAC, or a three-year administrator certificate or license authorizing the candidate to work as an administrator where the person does not yet meet the requirements for a level 3B alternative administrator license but is participating in an alternative route to licensure under Subsection D of 6.60.3.8 NMAC.

                J.             Undergraduate academic major”, under this rule, means thirty (30) semester hours in a subject area.

                K.            "Full school year" means a minimum of 160 instructional days or equivalent number of days in schools or school districts on alternative schedules over multiple school years of full-time or part-time teaching during which the teacher is the teacher of record or serves as an instructional coach or resource teacher in at least one class each school year while holding a standard teaching license.  An equivalent number of instructional hours may be accepted for those teachers who do not teach every day.  Instructional days may include teaching in summer school or similar educational setting.

                L.             "Teacher of record" is the person named in the standard teaching contract who will be covering the class and teaching the students in that classroom the majority of the time.  This is the contracted individual who will plan the lessons, assign grades, meet with parents and other duties of the regular class room teacher according to the standard teaching contract.

[6.60.3.7 NMAC - Rp, 6.60.3.7 NMAC, 10-31-07; A, 06-15-09]

 

6.60.3.8                 REQUIREMENTS FOR ALTERNATIVE TEACHING LICENSURE:  To receive a level 1, five-year alternative teaching license, an applicant must meet the following requirements:

                A.            Degree requirements - An applicant for alternative licensure must meet the provisions of Subsection A, Paragraphs (1), (2) or (3):

                    (1)     must possess a bachelor of arts or science degree from a regionally accredited college or university including completion of a minimum of thirty semester hours of graduate or undergraduate credit in a particular field that appertains and corresponds to the subject area of instruction and level of instruction that will enable the applicant to teach in a competent manner as determined by the PED; or

                    (2)     must possess a master of arts or science degree from a regionally accredited college or university including completion of a minimum of twelve graduate credit hours in a particular field that appertains and corresponds to the subject area of instruction and level of instruction that will enable the applicant to teach in a competent manner as determined by the PED; or

                    (3)     must possess a doctor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university; the degree shall correspond to the subject area of instruction and particular grade level that will enable the applicant to teach in a competent manner as determined by the PED.

                B.            Professional teacher education requirements - An applicant for alternative licensure who has earned at least a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university but has never completed an educator preparation program must meet the provisions of Paragraphs (1), (2), or (3) or (4) of this subsection.

                    (1)     persons seeking either early childhood birth-grade 3, elementary K-8, or special education pre K-12 licensure, must complete various semester hours of credit earned through a regionally accredited college or university that has a PED-approved alternative licensure program containing no less than twelve (12) nor more than twenty-one (21) semester hours of credit and meeting the following criteria:

                              (a)     the credits must include six (6) semester hours of coursework in the teaching of reading; and

                              (b)     the credits must include the PED competencies for entry level teachers that correspond to the license being sought; and

                              (c)     the credits must be in a program approved by the PED; and

                              (d)     the program must include a student teaching or field-based component.

                    (2)     persons seeking either middle level 5-9, secondary 7-12 or specialty area pre K-12 licensure, must complete various semester hours of credit earned through a regionally accredited college or university that has a PED-approved alternative licensure program containing no less than twelve (12) nor more than eighteen (18) semester hours of credit and meeting the following criteria:

                              (a)     the credits must include three (3) semester hours of coursework in the teaching of reading; and

                              (b)     the credits must include the PED's competencies for entry level teachers that correspond to the license being sought; and

                              (c)     the credits must be in a program approved by the PED; and

                              (d)     the program must include a student teaching or field-based component.

                    (3)     Beginning February 1, 2007, successfully demonstrate the PED's approved competencies for entry level teachers that correspond to the license being sought by presenting for assessment by trained reviewers an internet web-based online portfolio which contains all of the components and fulfills all of the requirements described in Paragraph (3) of Subsection B of 6.60.3.8 NMAC.  Such applicants shall also complete the reading coursework as set forth at Paragraphs (1) or (2) of this subsection and serve as the teacher of record for a full school year prior to being granted a portfolio review.  Under no circumstance shall an individual be granted a portfolio review unless that person has passed all sections of the current PED required New Mexico teacher licensure tests in 6.60.5 NMAC, completed all required reading coursework and submitted verification from administration of the public school, charter school, accredited private school that the individual has been the teacher of record for at least one full school year.  Teachers employed in New Mexico public schools, charter schools, accredited private schools who already hold standard teaching licensure at levels 1, 2, or 3-A, may obtain additional licensure in early childhood education, elementary education, middle level education, pre K-12 specialty area education, secondary education, or special education by submitting an alternative licensure portfolio as long as they demonstrate the teaching competencies in 6.69.14 NMAC for the new license at the same level as their existing license or licenses.

                              (a)     The portfolio shall include evidence of teaching competence that is collected from actual teaching experience as the teacher of record with pre K-12 students while the candidate is employed or works as the teacher of record in a New Mexico public, charter, private school or other early childhood, elementary, middle level or secondary educational setting.  The portfolio shall be organized in the following five strands, with strands a, b and c presented together for review:

                                        (i)     an instruction strand that demonstrates knowledge of academic content, curriculum development, instructional planning, student assessment and appropriate use of technology and which includes specific evidence of:  student achievement; and assessment techniques and procedures; and instructional plans and materials; and examples of student work and performance; and evidence of effective classroom management strategies and procedures; and evidence of implementation of state curriculum standards; and

                                        (ii)     a student learning strand that demonstrates knowledge of child or adolescent growth and development, classroom management techniques, communication skills and addressing the needs of diverse student needs and inclusion and which includes specific evidence of:  adaptations/modifications for diverse learners; and classroom observation reports; and evidence of communication with students and parents;

                                        (iii)     a professional learning strand that demonstrates knowledge of professional growth and development and how the candidate works productively with parents, community and colleagues and which includes specific evidence of:  collaboration with professional community; or research undertaken to improve classroom practice; and

                                        (iv)     verification by the superintendent of a public school district or other education employer or supervisor, that the work product in the portfolio is that of the candidate and that the data submitted is reasonable and accurate, that the candidate has served as the teacher of record for one full school year by the time of submission of the portfolio; and

                                        (v)     the recommendation of a public school superintendent or other education employer or supervisor, that based on local evaluations that the candidate be granted a level 1 alternative license.

                              (b)     Unless special accommodations are requested in writing to PED 30 days in advance of portfolio submission, the portfolio and associated fees in Subsection E of 6.60.7.8 NMAC shall be submitted electronically through the online portfolio submission system following procedures established by the PED.

                              (c)     The portfolio shall be assessed for authenticity by the superintendent of the candidate's school district, (superintendent designee) or equivalent administrative officer of a school and shall be reviewed for demonstration of entry-level teacher competencies by three independent reviewers, as follows:

                                        (i)     The superintendent or equivalent school administrator shall complete the verification and recommendation strands in items (iv) and (v) of Subparagraph (a) of Paragraph (3) of Subsection B of 6.60.3.8 NMAC and the independent reviewers will rate the three competency strands in items (i) - (iii) of Subparagraph (a) of Paragraph (3) of Subsection B of 6.60.3.8 NMAC as "meets" or "does not meet" the competencies.

                                        (ii)     The three competency strands of a candidate's portfolio must be rated as "meets" by at least two reviewers and the verification and recommendation strands completed by the superintendent (superintendent designee) or equivalent administrative officer or a school must indicate verification authenticity, recommendation for licensure and verification of full school year experience in order for a candidate to be granted a level 1 alternative license.

                                        (iii)     If one of the independent reviewers rates any of the three competency strands as "meets" and the other reviewer rates the same strand as "does not meet," the rating will remain as "does not meet"; if two of the reviewers rate any of the three competency strands as "meets" and the third reviewer rates a strand as "does not meet", the strand will remain as "meets" for that strand.

                                        (iv)     The director of professional licensure at the PED will evaluate the ratings of the superintendent or equivalent school administrator of a school along with the ratings of the independent reviewers and shall approve or deny the candidate's application for level 1 alternative licensure.

                                        (v)     A candidate who does not successfully demonstrate the competencies in all three strands in items (i) - (iii) of Subparagraph (a) of Paragraph (3) of Subsection B of 6.60.3.8 NMAC may submit any failed strand one time as long as the resubmission is completed within one calendar year of the date of the original submission.

                                        (vi)     A candidate's employing school or school district must act on strands in item (iv) - (v) of Subparagraph (a) of Paragraph (3) of Subsection B of 6.60.3.8 NMAC within 45 calendar days of the date of the portfolio submission or resubmission of any failed strands.  Failure of an administrator to complete the process could cause the portfolio to become null and void.

                    (4)     Demonstrate the PED's approved competencies for entry level teachers that correspond to the license being sought by way of evaluations conducted by a local school district over a period of at least two full school years as the teacher of record as part of a PED-approved school-based or statewide teacher preparation program that provides the professional development that is required to support a highly qualified teacher candidate for level 1 alternative licensure as defined in this rule.  The professional development program shall be developed in collaboration with a college, university, or other professional development provider.  Such applicants shall also complete the reading courses set forth at Paragraphs (1) or (2) of this subsection prior to being recommended for licensure by a local school district.  Under no circumstance shall an individual be recommended for licensure by a local school district unless that person has passed all sections of the current PED-required New Mexico teacher test and serve as the teacher of record for at least one full school year.

                C.            Professional teacher education requirements - An applicant for alternative teaching licensure who has earned a post-baccalaureate degree and has at least five years of teaching experience at the post-secondary level must meet the provisions of Paragraphs (1) or (2) and (3) and (4) of this subsection.

                    (1)     Persons seeking either early childhood B-3, elementary K-8, or special education pre K-12 licensure, must complete six (6) semester hours of coursework in the teaching of reading earned through a regionally accredited college or university.

                    (2)     Persons seeking either middle level 5-9, or secondary 7-12 licensure, must complete three (3) semester hours of coursework in the teaching of reading earned through a regionally accredited college or university.

                    (3)     Complete an internship of at least one full school year while holding an internship license and working as a teacher in a school district, charter school, private school or state agency education program.

                    (4)     Upon completion of the requirements in Subsections A, and E; and Paragraphs (1) - (3) of Subsection C of 6.60.3.8 the candidate for alternative teaching licensure who has met PED-approved competencies as verified to the PED by the candidate's employer will be issued an alternative license as follows:

                              (a)     level 2 for the teacher who has at least five years post-secondary teaching experience;

                              (b)     level 3-A for the teacher who has at least six years post-secondary teaching experience.

                D.            Testing requirements:  Except as provided in Paragragh (2) of Subsection C of 6.60.5.8 NMAC, an applicant for alternative licensure must pass all of the New Mexico teacher assessments including any applicable content knowledge assessment required by 6.60.5 NMAC, prior to receiving alternative licensure at any level.

                E.             An applicant for alternative teaching licensure must be a highly qualified, beginning early childhood, elementary, middle level, secondary, pre K-12, or special education teacher, or be a highly qualified beginning middle or junior high school teacher holding alternative elementary K-8 licensure.

[6.60.3.8 NMAC - Rp, 6.60.3.8 NMAC, 10-31-07; A, 01-29-10]

 

6.60.3.9                 REQUIREMENTS FOR ALTERNATIVE ADMINISTRATOR LICENSURE:  Professional administrator education requirements - An applicant for alternative administrator licensure who has earned a post-baccalaureate degree and has at least six years administrator experience at the post-secondary level must 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 the candidate for alternative administrator licensure who has met PED-approved administrator competencies as verified to the PED by the candidate's employer will be issued an alternative level 3-B administrator license

[6.60.3.9 NMAC - N, 10-31-07; A, 06-15-09]

 

6.60.3.10               REQUIREMENTS FOR INTERNSHIP TEACHER LICENSURE:

                A.            A candidate for alternative licensure may be permitted to assume the functions of a teacher prior to completion of licensure requirements and be issued a three-year internship license, if the candidate is a highly qualified teacher candidate for level 1 alternative licensure, as defined in this rule.

                    (1)     Such a candidate may be issued a three-year internship license to allow time to complete the teacher testing requirements of 6.60.5.8 NMAC, the reading coursework requirement set forth in Paragraphs (1) or (2) of Subsection B of 6.60.3.8, NMAC, the requirement to be the teacher of record for at least one full school year and to pass portfolio submission process or be evaluated for competency by a local school district.

                    (2)     At the time of internship licensure application, the candidate must:

                              (a)     present proof of registration for a New Mexico teacher assessment at the next available testing date, and

                              (b)     present proof of enrollment in the required coursework for the teaching of reading or proof of having completed the required coursework.

                    (3)     If a candidate for this licensure is not successful in demonstrating competency by way of portfolio assessment or by way of local public school district evaluations, the candidate may still proceed by way of the alternative route set forth in this subsection although the three-year license issued under Paragraph (1) of Subsection B of 6.60.3.10 NMAC shall not be extended or renewed in order to provide additional time to complete an alternative licensure program.

                B.            A candidate enrolled in a PED approved post-baccalaureate teacher preparation program or advanced degree program with a teacher preparation component may be considered to be participating in an alternative route to licensure and be issued an internship license under Subsection A of 6.60.3.10 NMAC.  Upon the completion of the approved teacher traditional preparation program requirements, and the testing requirements the candidate may be issued a standard level 1 alternative license if, in addition, the candidate meets the requirements for standard licensure within the three-year period allowed to complete an alternative route to licensure.

                C.            After June 30, 2003, the time that a person provides services under an internship license shall not be counted toward or considered for advancement to level 2, or level 3 licensure.

[6.60.3.10 NMAC - Rp, 6.60.3.9 NMAC, 10-31-07; A, 06-15-09]

 

6.60.3.11               REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMINISTRATOR INTERNSHIP LICENSURE:  A three-year, internship license in educational administration may be issued to any candidate who holds at least a master's degree and has at least six full school years of experience in administration at the post-secondary level.

[6.60.3.11 NMAC - N, 10-31-07; A, 06-15-09]

 

6.60.3.12               ALTERNATIVE LEVEL 2 OR LEVEL 3 LICENSE:

                A.            A one-year internship license shall be issued to an applicant who meets the following requirements:

                    (1)     is at least eighteen years of age; and

                    (2)     provides an official transcript for a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college; and

                    (3)     provides an official transcript for a post-baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college; and

                    (4)     provides verification of experience on official letterhead and signed by a post secondary institution official for a minimum of five years experience teaching at the post-secondary level.

                B.            A level 2 standard teaching license shall be issued based on the following requirements:

                    (1)     completion of Paragraphs (1), (2), (3) and (4) of Subsection A of 6.60.3.12, NMAC;

                    (2)     verification from the superintendent of a public school district or administrator at a state agency, charter school or private school that the candidate has met the level 2 competencies for the grade level and subject area the person is teaching; and

                    (3)     verification that the candidate has completed one full school year as the teacher of record under the internship license.

                C.            A level 3 standard teaching license shall be issued based on the following requirements:

                    (1)     completion of Paragraphs (1), (2) and (3) of Subsection A of this section;

                    (2)     verification as in Paragraph (2) of Subsection B of this of this section;

                    (3)     same as in Paragraph (3) of Subsection B of this section;

                    (4)     provides verification of experience on official letterhead and signed by a post secondary institution official for a minimum of six years experience teaching at the post-secondary level.

[6.60.3.12 NMAC - N, 10-31-07]

 

HISTORY OF 6.60.3 NMAC:

PRE-NMAC HISTORY:  The material in this part was derived from that previously filed with State Records Center and Archives under:

SBE Regulation No. 86-6, Alternative Licensure, filed July 14, 1986; and

SBE Regulation No. 86-6, Amendment No, 1, Alternative Licensure filed December 4, 1990.

 

HISTORY OF REPEALED MATERIAL:

6 NMAC 4.2.2.1, Alternative Licensure, was repealed by the State Board of Education effective July 1, 2000 and repromulgated effective July 1, 2000.

6.60.3 NMAC, Alternative Licensure, filed June 1, 2001 - repealed effective 10-31-2007.