Teacher Assistant Requirements in New Mexico

   

Requirements to work in Title I School

All teacher assistants working in Title I programs who provide instructional support must hold a New Mexico Level III Educational Assistant License. The Level III Educational Assistant license satisfies the “Highly Qualified” Federal Standards. The minimum general requirements are as follows:

  • must be at least 18 years of age

  • must hold a high school diploma or GED equivalent.

First-time applicants for Educational Assistant licensure must also provide certification of satisfactory completion of an orientation pertinent to his/her assignment from his/her superintendent. Applicants already holding Level I or Level II Educational Assistant licensure must provide the superintendent’s verification of their competency.

How to Obtain Level III Educational Assistant (EA) Licensure
Applicants for Level III licensure must also meet at least one of the following requirements:

1. Earn an associate’s degree from an accredited college or university that includes at least 15 semester hours in non-remedial degree coursework, as follows:

  • 3 hours of language arts/reading or language arts/reading pedagogy;

  • 3 hours of writing or writing pedagogy;

  • 3 hours of mathematics or mathematics pedagogy;

  • 6 hours of reading, writing, and math readiness, or professional education, or classroom management, teaching assistance, or special education; or

2. Complete forty-eight (48) semester hours of academic credit awarded by an accredited college or university that includes at least 15 semester hours in non-remedial coursework, as follows:

  • 3 hours of language arts/reading or language arts/reading pedagogy;

  • 3 hours of writing or writing pedagogy;

  • 3 hours of mathematics or mathematics pedagogy;

  • 6 hours of reading, writing, and math readiness, or professional education, or classroom management, teaching assistance, or special education; or

3. Obtain a passing score of at least 70% on a locally administered test that includes:

  • an assessment of basic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics at an 8th grade level as established in the New Mexico Content Standards and Benchmarks for Language Arts and Mathematics; and

  • an assessment of the ability to assist in instruction in reading, writing, and mathematics, which may include knowledge of professional education practices, or classroom management, or teaching assistance techniques, and

  • a sufficient number of high quality, reliable test items that demonstrate that the test is a valid measure of competence and knowledge.

Teacher Assistants that were hired prior to January 8, 2002

A local district may administer a portfolio assessment for the purpose of determining if candidate has sufficient knowledge and ability to provide instructional assistance. The portfolio assessment demonstrates items from among the following:

  • lesson/unit plans, projects, samples of student work/portfolios, teaching aids, multi-media materials, and visuals;

  • evidence, which could include use of videotaped lessons, that the EA/paraprofessional understands the reading, writing, and mathematics concepts identified in New Mexico Standards and Benchmarks for the grade level at which he/she assists or intends to assist in instruction;

  • a copy of classroom management plans, discipline referral forms, rules, photos, charts, posters, letters of appreciation from parents, certificates of achievement, completion of training certificates, case studies, observation reports;

  • evidence of ability to help students use instructional resources, hands-on materials, and technology.

Please see Professional Licensure Information from the New Mexico Public Education Department to find out further information regarding fingerprinting, background checks and licensure qualifications