Endorsements are attached to a teaching license to specify the teaching field (subject) in which a teacher is authorized to teach. Sometimes understanding the rules and regulations to endorsements to New Mexico teaching licenses can be confusing.
In general, once you have your initial content area for your teaching license, you can add other content area endorsement by either having 24 college credits in the content (click here for a list of subjects that count towards each endorsement), or by taking and passing the NMTA content exam for the subject you want to teach. That said, there are some tricky rules to figuring all of this out based upon the license you are adding an endorsement to, and the endorsement.
Adding endorsements to an early childhood, elementary, or special education license
Individuals seeking to add endorsements to these licenses must either have 24 college credits (at any level 100-400) or take and pass the NMTA content exam in the endorsement area. One exception to this rule, is the bilingual endorsement (discussed below). Also, while endorsements can be added to all teaching licenses, endorsements in the core content areas of math, science, language arts, and social studies (history, economics, geography, civics and government) will not be added to the early childhood, elementary, or special education license. However, teachers on an elementary or special education license interested in being "highly qualified" to teach these content courses in middle school must still follow the endorsement requirements even though the endorsement will not be added to the license. NMTA has middle level content exams in these four areas. Special educators seeking to become "highly qualified" to teach these subjects in high school must follow the requirements for adding an endorsement to a secondary license.
Adding endorsements to a secondary license
Individuals seeking to add endorsements to this licenses must either have 24 college credits with at least 12 of these credits "upper level" (300 or higher) or take and pass the NMTA content exam in the endorsement area. Middle level content exams cannot be used to add endorsements to the secondary license.
Exceptions to these rules are TESOL, Bilingual Education and Gifted Education endorsements (discussed below).
TESOL and Bilingual Education
The TESOL endorsement is intended for individuals who will be working with English language learners in an English language classroom setting.
The Bilingual endorsement is intended for individuals who are fluent in Spanish and plan to work in a Bilingual or dual language classroom or teach content area classes in Spanish.
There are different avenues for adding a TESOL/Bilingual Endorsement:
- TESOL: http://www.ped.state.nm.us/licensure/2010/endorsements/TESOL.pdf
- Bilingual: http://www.ped.state.nm.us/licensure/2010/endorsements/BILINGUAL.pdf
CNM offers coursework for teachers to gain their TESOL and/or Bilingual Endorsement and the pathway CNM recommends is outlined below.
To add a TESOL endorsement to an existing license you will need to:
- Take a minimum of 6 credit hours in a foreign language other than English. (You can do this at CNM.)
- Take 6 credit hours of TESOL methods courses (EDUC 2222: Literacy/Language Instruction for ESL Learners and EDUC 2224: ESL Across the Content Areas).
- Take and pass the NMTA—TESOL content exam.
To add a Bilingual endorsement to an existing license you will need to:
- Complete the requirements for the TESOL endorsement (listed above) and add TESOL endorsement to license.
- Take and pass La Prueba de Español para La Certificación Bilingüe.(http://www.enmu.edu/services/testing/#prueb)
- Take 6 credit hours of Bilingual Methods courses (EDUC 2225: Theories & Principles of Bilingual Education and EDUC 2226: Instructional Methods & Strategies for the Bilingual Classroom).
- Take and pass La Prueba de Español para La Certificación Bilingüe. (http://www.enmu.edu/services/testing/#prueb)
- Take 12 credit hours of Bilingual Methods courses, 6 of which can be done at CNM (EDUC 2225: Theories and Principles of Bilingual Education and EDUC 2226: Instructional Methods and Strategies for the Bilingual Classroom). The other 6 credit hours will need to be completed at another higher education institution.
- EDUC 2222: Literacy/Language Instruction for ESL Learners (3credits)
(Prerequisite: EDUC 2250 or department approval)
Provides an understanding of second language acquisition and develops a strong basis for instruction of literacy/language to English as a Second Language learners in K-12 classrooms.
- EDUC 2224: ESL Across the Content Areas (3credits)
(Prerequisites: EDUC 2250or department approval)
Provides an understanding of the goals, strategies and teaching techniques for effectively teaching content to ESL students in K-12 classrooms .
- EDUC 2225: Theories and Principles of Bilingual Education (3credits)
(Prerequisites: EDUC 2222and EDUC 2224or department approval)
Focuses on the foundations of Bilingual Education/ESL in U.S. schooling with an emphasis on program models and issues in schooling for bilingual learners.
- EDUC 2226: Instructional Methods and Strategies for the Bilingual Classroom (3credits)
(Pre- or co-requisite: EDUC 2225)
Develops knowledge of and use of theories, approaches, methods, and strategies for teaching literacy, biliteracy and other academic skills in English and the native language for elementary classrooms.
Cohorts at CNM begin every fall semester.
Introduction to Gifted Education is the first class in the series and must be completed prior to the other Gifted Education coursework or provide unofficial transcripts stating successful completion of a comparable course from another institution.
As of June 30, 2012, the Gifted Education endorsement can only be added to with an existing NM teaching license by successfully completing 12 semester hours of gifted teaching methodology/pedagogy coursework and successfully passing Praxis II 0357 Gifted Education exam.
The Praxis exam registration fee is $50 and the Praxis exam fee is $80. The cost to add this endorsement to an existing license is $95.
Course Pre-requisite & Departmental Approval
Department Permission is required for EDUC 2230: Introduction to Gifted Education. Students should contact CNM Education Programs at email@example.com and provide their CNM student ID number in order to receive the necessary permissions to register for EDUC 2230.
- EDUC 2230: Introduction to Gifted Education (3 credits)
Department Approval Required
Introductory course in the education of gifted students. Provides overview of current and historical issues in the field. Introduces intellectual, social, emotional, developmental, and educational characteristics of gifted students. Appropriate educational opportunities and programming are discussed.
- EDUC 2231: Curriculum for Gifted Learners (3 credits)
Prerequisite: EDUC 2230
Focuses on curriculum content, process, and product-evaluation modifications. Students will gain an understanding of various curriculum models to include the enrichment triad, multiple menu, autonomous learner, parallel curriculum, and integrated curriculum models. Students will develop curriculum and lesson plans to meet the needs of gifted education learners.
- EDUC 2232: Strategies for Teaching Gifted Learners (3 credits)
Prerequisite: EDUC 2230
This application-based course presents instructional strategies designed to address the unique learning needs of gifted students. These differentiated instructional strategies include modifications in content, process, products and environment. Access to gifted students is required.
- SPED 2233: Twice Exception and Special Populations of Gifted Learners (3 credits)
Prerequisite: EDUC 2230
Focuses on special populations of gifted learners who possess unique characteristics and needs. Explores issues related to characteristics, identification, and development of appropriate educational services for twice exceptional and special populations of gifted learners.
If you are a CNM student and have questions about adding endorsements, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.