Student Teaching Information and STEP Application

Student teaching is completed during the senior year or last semester of a TEP program. Each student spends a full semester in the classroom with an in-service teacher. Placements are made through the TEP Office of the College of HEST. Most students remain in the local districts, but there are opportunities abroad.

Student Teachers begin their semester according to the School District calendar, which is typically earlier than the NMSU calendar.  Check with your Program Director regarding your expected start date for student teaching.

STEP application packets are due the semester before Student Teaching 

STEP Submission

Students will submit their STEP packets using the online STEP submission portal (link provided below). Completed STEP application packets are due on:

  • the 1st Friday in March (for Spring submission) and
  • the 1st Friday in October (for Fall submission).
Late or incomplete STEP applications will not be accepted.

STEP Instructions Packet

The STEP application portal will open 10 business days prior to the submission deadline.  For the Fall 2023 STEP Submission, the portal will open on September 25th, with all completed applications due by noon on October 6th, 2023.

Ready to submit your STEP Packet?  Use the link below to access the STEP Portal to submit your documents:


STEP Placement Meeting

After successful review of your STEP packet, you will be notified by your Program Director regarding a placement meeting for students who are approved for student teaching.  Information shared at this placement meeting includes: campus placement, cooperating teacher, grade, tentative schedule for student teaching, basic lesson plan format and reflection process, substitute teaching policy, explanation of TRIAD meetings and the cooperating teacher handbook. The date and time for the placement meeting will be shared with students upon acceptance.  This placement meeting is a mandatory meeting.  Information regarding the date and time for the STEP Placement Meeting will be shared via email by the TEP Program Directors

STEP Application Resources

The following application resources are required for the student teaching packet.  Download them in order to complete the resource, and then upload with your STEP packet.

Program Area
Student Info Card Self-Evaluation Lesson Plan Template
Early Childhood Education ECED Student Info Card ECED Self-Evaluation ECED Lesson Template
Elementary Education ELEM Student Info Card ELEM Self-Evaluation ELEM Lesson Template
Special Education

SPED/ELEM use the ELEM Student Info Card

SPED/Secondary use the SED Student Info Card

SPED Self-Evaluation

SPED/ELEM use the ELEM Lesson Template

SPED/Secondary use the Secondary Lesson Template

Secondary Education

SED Student Info Card

Secondary Self-Evaluation Secondary Lesson Template
K-12 Music Education

Music Info Card

use the Secondary Self-Evaluation Music Ed Lesson Template
K-12 Physical Education PE Student Info Card use the Secondary Self-Evaluation

PE Elem Lesson Template

PE Secondary Lesson Template



Testing Requirements

For Spring 2024 student teachers and beyond, new testing requirements have gone into effect:

There will be NO Praxis testing requirements for submission of the STEP packets.

The State of NM Public Education Department has removed most testing requirements for teacher licensure.  The NMSU TEP has adopted a standardized portfolio that will serve as a rigorous approval process to becoming a licensed educator in the State of New Mexico and Praxis examination pathways will be removed for educators that will graduate from New Mexico institutions of higher education in the spring, 2024.

All Elementary Educator seeking licensure must still complete Praxis: Teaching of Reading Elementary Examination per state statute 22-10A-1 NMSU 1978.

The Teaching of Reading Elementary Examination will be taken during Student Teaching for all Elementary Education majors.





Praxis Licensure Exams required for old Spring 2023 and Fall 2023 Student Teachers:

Program Area When to take exam Testing Requirement (test #) Qualifying Score
Early Childhood Education During Student Teaching Education of Young Children (5024) 160
Elementary Education Before STEP Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (5017) 153
During Student Teaching Teaching Reading: Elementary Education (5205)


Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K-6 (5622)




Secondary Education Before STEP


(take the specific exam for your content area)

English Language Arts: Content Knowledge (5038)

General Sciences: Content Knowledge (5435)

Mathematics: Content Knowledge (5165)

Social Studies: Content Knowledge (5081)





During Student Teaching Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12 (5624) 157
Special Education Before STEP Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications (5354)


*If SPED/Secondary, must also take Content Knowledge Exam listed above





During Student Teaching Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K-6 (5622)


Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12 (5624)





Music Education Before STEP Music: Content Knowledge (5113) 161
During Student Teaching Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K-6 (5622)


Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12 (5624)





Physical Education Before STEP Physical Education: Content Knowledge (5091) 148
During Student Teaching Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K-6 (5622)


Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12 (5624)