State Teacher Assessments

In order to become licensed to teach in New Mexico, education students must have taken and passed the required State assessments. Information on the NMTAs may be found at the following website:

Students must be aware that in order to take the education courses listed on their degree plan under "Major," they must have taken the NMTA: Basic Skills.

Once education majors have completed most of their coursework in their major area of study (early childhood education, elementary education, secondary education, or special education), they must take the NMTA teacher competency test.

As secondary education majors complete most of their teaching field coursework, they will take the appropriate NMTA content knowledge test.

The NMTA "Elementary Education" content knowledge test is required of Elementary Education majors, not what is listed as their "teaching field" on their degree plan.

The New Mexico Public Education Department has adopted the (NES®) National Evaluation Series™ Essential Components of Elementary Reading Instruction test. All new teachers seeking to be licensed in Elementary Education effective July 1, 2013, will be required to pass this assessment. This NES test applies professionally accepted national learning standards to assess examinees’ knowledge of elementary-level literacy development and reading instruction.


Registration for the NES Essential Components of Elementary Reading Instruction test is available on the NES website at The NES website also offers preparation materials and additional information about the test, including the test design, test fees, and test sites.

For more information contact
  1. Tammie Baker, Field Placement and Assessment, or
  2. Your academic advisor.