School Library Connection

New Mexico

Contact Information

New Mexico Public Education Department
Professional Licensure Bureau
300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501-2786

Phone: 505- 827-1436
Fax: 505-827-1449

New Mexico Department of Education:

Certification Requirements

Teacher Licensure Needed: Yes

Master's Degree Needed: No

Praxis II Library Media Content Test Needed: No

Other Testing Needed: Yes, pass the Content Knowledge Assessment (CKA) in Library Media; predecessor or comparable exam.

Description: The Library Media Specialist is considered a professional teacher, with minimum professional requirements to include a Bachelor's degree and teacher certification with a Library Media Specialist endorsement.

Evaluation Process for Licensure:

The criteria for eligible individuals are:

Beginning teachers seeking an endorsement in library/media to an initial Level I New Mexico teaching license must satisfy all of the requirements of the license as provided in state board of education rule for that license, including 24-36 semester hours in library/media.

Candidates seeking to add an endorsement in library/media to an existing New Mexico teaching license of any level shall meet one of the following requirements:



Reciprocity: New Mexico follows the Interstate Agreement with the 50 states and the District of Columbia in the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education & Certification (NASDEC). However, one must meet the state's requirements for teaching licensure. Further information can be found at

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