Substitute Teacher Requirements in New Mexico

New Mexico Substitute Teaching Requirements

    To become a substitute teacher in New Mexico the requirements must be met:

  • Complete your background check

  • Obtain official college transcript

  • Letters of Recommendation

  • Completed application

Complete Your New Mexico Background Check

You must first complete your background check through the State and Federal organization.You must also obtain a fingerprint clearance card, all types of fingerprint cards are accepted.  It is recommended that you do this first because it may take a couple weeks to get this done and for all paperwork to be received.  School district offices in New Mexico can assist you with this.  The estimated fee for this is about $25.00.

Obtain Official College Transcripts

    You will need an official copy of your college transcripts verifying that you have received an associates degree to receive your substitute certification.  Submit Official College Transcripts at the same time you turn in your substitute teacher application.  Your official transcript will not be returned and copies of your transcript are not accepted.

Letters of Recommendation

It is recommended that you get professional references to write a letter of recommendation for you.  An applicant tends to need 2-3 letters of recommendation because a majority of school districts in New Mexico require that many.  Some of these recommendations can be electronically submitted.

Complete Your Application for Certification

    You will need to find the online application for substitute teaching and substitute teaching packet online or get it from the Human Resources Department of the school district you are applying for.  The packet also includes the Substitute Teacher Data Form, Federal Withholding Tax Form, and the Employment Eligibility Verification Form, and the Internet Agreement.  The estimated fee for this is about $25.00.

Substitute Teacher Pay in New Mexico

    The daily rates of a substitute teacher in New Mexico will obviously change with your qualifications and different districts, but here is a general idea.

  • Substitutes with an Associates degree and license (or highly qualified) $100.00 per day

  • Substitutes with an Associates degree $70.00 per day

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