Teaching in New Mexico
New Mexico has much to offer job seekers looking for a unique and rich setting. Four centuries of blending Spanish, Native American, and modern cultures has birthed a unique cuisine, architecture, and fine-arts culture that can be found only in New Mexico; and the expansive desert and undeveloped land is a playground to hikers and other lovers of the outdoors. While there are certainly challenges facing educators in New Mexico, there’s also a determination to turn the page and create new opportunities for New Mexico’s students. For those job seekers looking for a quality of life shaped by rich experiences, as well as a good educational challenge, New Mexico might be the right destination.In 2011, the state legislature passed the Early Childhood Care and Education Act (ECCEA), in order to create a comprehensive early childhood care and education system. Key elements of the legislation are an aligned plan to ensure statewide coordination, and the formation of four implementation teams to work together in developing the system. These teams will respectively oversee data systems and outcomes, school readiness, quality standards, and funding strategies. New Mexico received a waiver from the No Child Left Behind Act in 2012. This flexibility allows New Mexico to create an accountability system that will reward high-performing schools, as well as schools that are making significant educational gains; the state will simultaneously develop plans to improve underperforming schools and student subgroups. New Mexico also recently joined with 45 other states to adopt Common Core State Standards, in order to develop benchmarks for teachers and students. New Mexico’s version of these standards will be phased in and fully implemented by 2015.Before a potential teacher can be hired in New Mexico, he or she must first earn teacher certification in the state. You’ll be expected to have at least a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university offering an approved teacher-preparation program. New Mexico also has an extensive program that allows teachers to earn teaching certification through alternative licensure paths, thus accommodating potential teachers who haven’t been formally prepared. Teachers may also increase their marketability in New Mexico by pursuing certification in Native American Culture and Language. For more information on teacher certification, in addition to links and advice regarding documents, the certification process, teacher-preparation programs, and contact information, visit the New Mexico teaching certification website.
- Educational Climate in New Mexico
- Career Outlook in New Mexico
- What are the benefits of becoming a teacher in New Mexico?
- How do I become a teacher in New Mexico?
- Find schools offering Masters in Education programs in New Mexico
Educational Climate in New MexicoThere’s good news and bad news regarding the state of education in New Mexico. High-school graduation rates are only at 63 percent statewide. Poverty is certainly a factor in this; for example, 14 of the Santa Fe School District’s 25 schools (not including charter schools) have economically disadvantaged student populations of 65 percent or more. The good news is that New Mexico’s legislators and teaching community are committed to addressing the situation—and committed to addressing it early.
Average Salaries for New Mexico Teachers
- Preschool: $31,390
- Kindergarten: $48,850
- Elementary School: $51,990
- Middle School: $51,450
- High School: $52,370
- Special Education: $51,090-51,340, depending on level
- All New Mexico jobs: $40,790