New Mexico Tech's Professional Licensure Page
Professional Licensure Program
A Professional Licensure Program (PLP) or program customarily leading to licensure is an academic program offered by institutions of higher learning designed, marketed and/or advertised to meet educational requirements: (1) for a specific license or certification; and (2) is required for employment in an occupation.
Professional Licensure Disclosure
The U.S. Department of Education requires all colleges and university to communicate publicly and directly to prospective and current students by providing them with a professional licensure disclosure about: (1) academic programs that will not fulfill educational requirements for a specific professional licensure that is required for employment in that field; and (2) academic programs that do not meet the education requirements for licensure or for which an institution cannot determine if the program meets the education requirements for each state and U.S. territory for all delivery modes of the program.
Agreement to Professional Licensure Disclosures
The United States Department of Education requires institutions of higher education receiving Title IV funding to provide professional licensure disclosures. Professional licensure disclosures are also a requirement of NC-SARA. New Mexico Tech understands these requirements and agrees to provide professional licensure notifications to students.
NMT Programs Requiring Licensure
New Mexico Tech offers two NMPED approved (and state accredited) educator preparation programs that lead to teaching credentials in New Mexico: (1) the minor in Secondary Education, which is completed simultaneously with a NMT baccalaureate degree and (2) the Alternative Licensure Program (ALP), a post-baccalaureate certificate. Individuals who complete the ALP qualify for either K-8 elementary education credentialing or 7-12 secondary education credentialing and teaching in New Mexico. NMT students who graduate with a baccalaureate degree and a minor in Secondary Education qualify for 7-12 secondary education credentialing and teaching in New Mexico, often in the areas of Computer Science, Mathematics, or Science. In states other than NM, the requirements for credentialing and teaching may vary.
The table below summarizes our findings of the fit between NMT’s educator preparation programs with the credentialing requirements of other states. Please note that this only focuses on meeting the educational requirements of the state, not the various states’ testing requirements, work experience requirements, background clearances, etc. The link for each state is to their respective Department of Education.
The information below indicates whether we have
- determined our curriculum meets the State educational requirements for licensure or certification;
- determined our curriculum does not meet the State educational requirements for licensure or certification;
- not yet determined that our curriculum meets the State educational requirements for licensure or certification. We encourage students to contact the state’s respective licensure board by clicking on the State Name.
This information is current to the best of our knowledge and reviewed annually. Applicants who are applying to programs that lead to licensure in states other than New Mexico must be aware of the various state professional licensure requirements. New Mexico Tech is not exempt from state professional licensure requirements. Licensing or certification requirements in New Mexico may not be adequate to obtain a professional license in other states. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Since laws and regulations change, it is recommended students regularly check the licensing board’s credentialing requirements of the state in which a student aspires to practice. Some additional information may also be found at NC-SARA Professional Licensure Directory, CareerOneStop, and Education Licensure Requirements by State. WCET/SAN has also compiled a helpful list which provides per-state help on finding licensure information.
The U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, specifically 34 CFR 668.43(a)(5)(v) and 34 CFR 668.43(c) require disclosures by institutions regarding educational requirements for providing programs leading to professional licensure or certification. Part of these disclosures require the student’s physical location while participating in the program. Additionally, 34 CFR 600.9(c) requires institutions to determine the State in which a student is located and maintain a record of student locations. In the event of a request from the Department of Education the institution must provide documentation of these student locations as well as how they obtained that information.
Students who intend to return or move to any state other than New Mexico need to review the professional licensure disclosures pertaining to their program and consult with the state professional licensing board since each state professional licensing board for each specific profession makes the ultimate decision as to the eligibility of an individual applying for licensure to sit for a license based on the rules and regulations in place at the time the individual submits their application for licensure.
Before students enroll in any program at New Mexico Tech, prospective students living and/or working outside of the United States should contact the appropriate certifying agency to confirm if successful completion of any degree program at New Mexico Tech will meet the credentialing requirements of the country in which they intend to seek employment, as to certain types of employment or for advanced/specialized educational programs