New Mexico Register / Volume XV, Number 16 / August 31, 2004

 

This is an amendment to 6.60.3 NMAC, Sections 1, 6, 8 through 11, effective August 31, 2004.

 

6.60.3.1                 ISSUING AGENCY:  [State Board of Education] Public Education Department

[07-01-00; 6.60.3.1 NMAC - Rn, 6 NMAC 4.2.2.1.1, 06-14-01; A, 08-31-04]

 

6.60.3.6                 OBJECTIVE:  Through this regulation the New Mexico [State Board of Education (hereinafter the (“State Board”)] public education department (hereinafter the “department”) implements a state law that provides alternative routes to New Mexico teacher licensure for persons who hold at least a baccalaureate degree but have not completed a traditional educator preparation program.

[07-01-00; 6.60.3.6 NMAC -Rn, 6 NMAC 4.2.2.1.6, 06-14-01; A, 08-31-04]

 

6.60.3.8                 REQUIREMENTS FOR ALTERNATIVE LICENSURE: To receive a level 1, three-year alternative 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), and (3) of 6.60.3.8 NMAC.

                    (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 [state board] department; 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 [state board] department; 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 [state board] department.

                B.            Professional teacher education requirements - An applicant for alternative licensure must meet the provisions of Subsection B, Paragraphs (1) and (2) of 6.60.3.8 NMAC, and

                    (1)     For those persons seeking either early childhood B-3, elementary K-8, or special education K-12 licensure, must complete various semester hours of credit earned through a regionally accredited college or university that has a state board-approved alternative licensure program containing no less than twelve (12) nor more than twenty-one (21) semester hours of credit.

                              (a)     the credits must include six (6) semester hours of reading courses; and

                              (b)     the credits must include the state board’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 state board; and

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

                    (2)     For those persons seeking either middle level 5-9, or secondary 7-12 licensure, must complete various semester hours of credit earned through a regionally accredited college or university that has a [state board] department approved alternative licensure program containing no less than twelve (12) nor more than eighteen (18) semester hours of credit.

                              (a)     the credits must include three (3) semester hours of reading courses; and

                              (b)     the credits must include the state board’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 [state board] department; and

                              (d)     the program must include a student teaching or field-based component; or in lieu of complying with Paragraph (1) or (2) of Subsection B above,

                    (3)     Must successfully demonstrate the [state board’s] department’s approved competencies for entry level teachers that correspond to the license being sought by way of a portfolio assessment pursuant to 6.2.4 NMAC.  Such applicants shall also complete the reading courses set forth at Subsection B of 6.60.3.8 NMAC above prior to being granted a portfolio review.  Pursuant to 6.2.4 NMAC, under no circumstance shall an individual be granted a portfolio review unless that person has passed all sections of the current [state board-required] department-required New Mexico teacher test.

                C.            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, and

                D.            Must be a highly qualified, beginning early childhood, elementary, middle level, secondary, K-12, or special education teacher, or be a highly qualified beginning middle or junior high school teacher holding alternative elementary K-8 licensure.

[07-01-00; 6.60.3.8 NMAC - Rn, 6 NMAC 4.2.2.1.8, 06-14-01; A, 06-01-02; A, 06-30-03; A, 08-31-04]

 

6.60.3.9                 REQUIREMENTS FOR INTERNSHIP LICENSURE

                A.            A candidate for alternative licensure teaching the core academic subjects and special education, who is enrolled in an alternative route to licensure by way of taking required coursework, may be permitted to assume the functions of a teacher prior to completion of licensure requirements and be issued a one-year internship license, if he/she is a highly qualified teacher candidate for level I alternative licensure, as defined in this rule; or

                B.            A candidate for alternative licensure who is a highly qualified teacher candidate for level I alternative licensure, is teaching in the core academic subjects or in special education, and who is pursuing an alternative path to licensure by way of portfolio assessment under Subsection A and Paragraph (3) of Subsection B of 6.60.3.8 NMAC, may as described below assume teaching duties prior to successfully demonstrating the [state board’s] department’s approved competencies for entry level teachers.

                    (1)     Such a candidate may be issued a one-year internship license to allow time to complete the teacher competency testing requirements of 6.60.5.8 NMAC, and the reading coursework requirement set forth in Paragraphs (1) or (2) of Subsection B of 6.60.3.8 NMAC, and to present a portfolio.

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

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

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

                    (3)     If a candidate for this licensure is not successful in demonstrating competency by way of portfolio assessment, he/she may still proceed by way of the alternative route set forth in Subsection A of 6.60.3.9 above, provided that the one-year internship license previously held under this subsection shall count toward the total period of time of three years the candidate is permitted to hold internship licenses under Subsection C, below.

                C.            Renewal of internship licenses

                    (1)     An internship license issued under Subsection A may be renewed two times for a total period not to exceed three school years, if the candidate meets the requirements of Paragraphs (2)[,] and (3) [,and (5)]of Subsection E of 6.60.3.7 NMAC.

                    (2)     An internship license issued under Subsection B of 6.60.3.9 NMAC may be renewed one time for a total period not to exceed two school years, if the candidate meets the requirements of Paragraphs (2) and (3) of Subsection E of 6.60.3.7 NMAC, provided that he/she has, within the effective period of the first internship license passed all applicable portions of the New Mexico teacher assessments and completed all required reading coursework.

                    (3)     Any renewal of an internship license must include verification by the superintendent of the employing school district that the candidate is making adequate progress toward demonstrating the competencies of level I licensure.

                D.            A candidate enrolled in a [state board of education] department 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 internship licenses under Subsection A and Paragraph (1) of Subsection C of 6.60.3.9 NMAC.  Upon the completion of approved teacher preparation program requirements, the candidate may be issued a standard level I 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.

                E.             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 two or level three licensure

[07-01-00; 6.60.3.9 NMAC - Rn, 6 NMAC 4.2.2.1.9, 06-14-01; 6.60.3.9 NMAC - N, 06-30-03; A, 08-31-04]

 

6.60.3.10               REQUIREMENTS FOR STANDARD LICENSURE:  To receive a standard license, an applicant must meet all of the following requirements:

                A.            Successfully complete requirements set forth in 6.60.3.8 NMAC for an alternative license.

                B.            Satisfactorily complete a one to three year mentorship program approved by the [state board] department.  Each local board of education shall adopt policies governing a mentorship program. The local mentorship program shall:

                    (1)     align with and support the district’s long range plan for student success;

                    (2)     align with the [state board’s] department’s teaching competencies;

                    (3)     be mandatory for all teachers holding alternative licensure;

                    (4)     establish a definitive separation between mentorship activities and formal staff evaluation processes;

                    (5)     include training activities and programs for mentors;

                    (6)     establish the structure and content of the mentorship program;

                    (7)     describe the process for selection, training, and evaluation of mentors;

                    (8)     describe incentives for mentors and beginning teachers;

                    (9)     describe the method for evaluating the effectiveness of the mentorship program; and

                    (10)     establish a process for addressing disputes or grievances between mentors and beginning teachers.

                C.            Obtain verification from the superintendent of the local school district or the governing authority of the nonpublic school where the applicant has most recently been employed that the applicant has satisfactorily demonstrated the [state board’s] department’s competencies for the level of license and type sought in accordance with 6.69.3 NMAC, “Specific Performance Evaluation Requirements.”

[07-01-00; 6.60.3.10 NMAC - Rn, 6 NMAC 4.2.2.1.10, 06-14-01; 6.60.3.10 NMAC - Rn, 6.60.3.9 NMAC, 06-30-03; A, 08-31-04]

 

6.60.3.11               SAVINGS CLAUSE:

                A.            All persons already holding alternative licensure who by June 30, 2000 have satisfactorily completed all requirements for that licensure shall be entitled to a standard license at level 2.

                B.            All persons for whom an alternative licensure program has already been approved by the [state board] department on or prior to June 30, 2000 but have not yet completed all requirements of that program will be permitted to continue toward licensure in accordance with their approved program.

                C.            All persons holding valid distinguished scholar licensure who by June 30, 2000 have passed all portions of either the core battery of the national teachers examination or the New Mexico teacher assessments shall be entitled to a three-year alternative license.  During the three-year alternative licensure period, the alternative licensee shall complete all provisions set forth in Subsections B and C of 6.60.3.9 NMAC for standard licensure.

[6.60.3.11 NMAC - Rn, 6.60.3.10 NMAC, 06-30-03; A, 08-31-04]