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OPAL for Reviewers

Note: Effective December 9, 2014, the Public Education Department (PED) has increased the amount for License Application Processing Fee. View the new licensure fee structure.

We are now accepting applications for new external reviewers.

The Institute of Professional Development at the University of New Mexico is seeking applicants to review Online Portfolio for Alternative Licensure (OPAL). As part of New Mexico's alternative licensure, the OPAL offers teacher candidates opportunities to become a teacher. Each OPAL is reviewed by two trained reviewers, one of whom must have experience in the same grade level or content area.

OPAL Reviewer Eligibility Requirements

woman and man reviewing documentThe Online Portfolio for Alternative Licensure (OPAL) is the online system you will use to complete an individual profile and to upload your portfolio template and support materials for review by officials in your district, by independent reviewers and the Public Education Department.

Reviewers will be selected based on areas of licensure and endorsement and geographic area. Particular areas of need are bilingual, physical education, vocational education, agriculture, family and consumer sciences and library/media.

Upon receipt and approval of your application, you may be invited to register for training.

Reviewers must also agree to follow all policies of the program and attend yearly updates. Review of the OPALs is online, and you will be paid $25 per strand, up to a total of $75 for each portfolio you review.

Submit a OPAL Reviewer application.

To participate in a OPAL Reviewer training session you must be accepted as a OPAL Reviewer. Upon receipt and approval of your application, you may be invited to register for training.


For questions concerning OPAL content and preparation, contact IPD Help Desk.

For questions concerning technical requirements or difficulty with the VisionLink system, including password or login issues:

For questions regarding licensure, contact:
Licensure Help Desk

NM Public Education Department
Professional Licensure Bureau
120 S. Federal Place, Room 105
Santa Fe, NM 87501

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