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How to Become a Substitute Teacher in New Mexico

If you are interested in learning how to become a substitute teacher in New Mexico, the following information will help guide you through the process.

New Mexico Substitute Teacher Requirements

In order to attain your substitute teacher certification in New Mexico, you will need the following:

  • Associate's degree or higher
  • Fingerprint card and background check
  • Completed application, $54.25 fee ($25 application fee + $29.25 fingerprint processing), and supporting documents
  • Letters of recommendation

Get Your New Mexico Fingerprint Clearance Card

In the State if New Mexico, you are required to have your fingerprints taken, and submit the fingerprint card with your application. Here is a list of FAQ about the fingerprinting process from New Mexico Public Education Department. You are encouraged by New Mexico Public Education Department to have your fingerprints taken by New Mexico Department of Public Safety.

Obtain Official College Transcripts

You'll need your original college transcripts showing you have a Associate's degree or higher in order to receive your substitute certificate. Submit your official transcript with your substitute teacher application.

Complete Your Application for Certification

Next, download and complete the New Mexico Department of Education application for substitute certification. Here is a checklist for your use while going through this licensure process.

Submit Your Application

When completed submit your application to: Professional Licensure Bureau 300 Don Gaspar (Rm. 101) Santa Fe, NM 87501 Be sure you submit your fingerprints with your application form for licensure, although they may be submitted separately.

Review and Visit Schools and Districts

Complete and submit a substitute teacher application, along with the application fee, official transcripts and supporting documents, for the school district that interests you. Some school districts have online applications while others require you to obtain an application from the district offices and return them to the same offices when completed. You can find a complete listing of New Mexico schools districts here.

Letters of Recommendation

While you're waiting for your substitute teacher certificate to be processed, you may wish to ask professional references for a letter of recommendation. It's probably a good idea to get 2-3 letters of recommendation, as most school districts will require theses recommendations when you apply for substitute teaching jobs in New Mexico.

Substitute Teacher Pay in New Mexico

Rates for substitute teaching will vary by district. Here's a general idea of how much a substitute teacher might make each day teaching in an New Mexico classroom. Pay may vary from district to district, however, if you have an Associate's Degree you may make $65 day. If you are a fully certified teacher you could make as much as $100 a day.

Substitute Teacher Jobs in New Mexico

If you're looking for a substitute teacher job in New Mexico, one of the best ways to find one is to inquire at the school district office or specific school where you'd like to teach. You can find a complete listing of New Mexico schools districts here.

Substitute Teacher Resources

New Mexico Public Education Department
Professional Licensure Bureau
300 Don Gaspar (Rm. 101)
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786
(505) 827-6104

TeachNM offers career resources for New Mexico school teachers and administrators.

Many subs go on to become a teacher by attaining a degree in education. If you're interested in how to become a substitute teacher in another state, click on one of the neighboring states below.


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