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Dossier Process for Teachers


Please direct questions to the Staffing Consultants listed below:

High School and Middle School

Elementary School

Special Education

Professional Development Dossier Approval / Verification Process

Licensure Advancement Only.

Eligibility Requirements

  • You must have three (3) full school years of teaching experience (480 days as the teacher of record) at the current level of licensure (Level 1 or Level 2) with successful annual evaluations and:  
  • If you are a Level 1 teacher wanting to advance to Level 2 you must have completed the mentorship requirement for beginning teachers
  • If you are a Level 2 teacher wanting to advance to Level 3 you must hold a post-baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university or hold certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards*.

*National Board for Professional Teaching Standard certification may be used in lieu of dossier for level 1 to 2 and for post-baccalaureate degree and dossier for level 2 to level 3. You must still meet the years of service requirement.

If you meet the eligibility requirements - Submit an Intent to Advance Form to APS Human Resources. An HR staffer will review and notify you by email of eligibility and pathway for advancement. If you are unsure if you meet the requirements – Submit an Intent to Advance form. An HR staffer will review and notify you by email of eligibility and pathway for advancement.

Staffing Consultants

High School and Middle School:

Elementary School:

Special Education:

    Please only notify one consultant so as to avoid duplication of work.

    After HR Staff has Notified You

    After you are notified by your HR staffer that you are eligible to submit your dossier:

    1. Notify Principal/Assistant Principal that Strands A, B, and C are ready for review. 
    2. Provide the Principal/Assistant Principal access to your dossier by sharing the information on your computer or downloading the dossier to a thumb drive.  The principal is only verifying the dossier is your work.  Principals do not approve the dossier
    3. The Principal/Assistant Principal completes the APS Principal Verification form (Word) (Professional Development Dossier). 
    4. Bring the signed APS Principal Verification form to APS Human Resources prior to dossier submission. Human Resources will only accept an original signature. Do not FAX or e-mail the Principal Verification Form.
    5. APS Human Resources Licensure Office electronically submits the Principal verification which satisfies Strand D and E requirements.
    6. Submit your dossier through  The submission period is: July 15 – March 31. Results are sent directly to you.  APS does not receive the results.
    • Note: If you do not pass all strands you will be required to resubmit. You must bring a new Principal Verification form to Human Resources verifying the updates are your work. Per NMPED: If you have a level 1 license that is expiring in the current year you must pass any resubmission prior to the March 31 deadline.  If you do not pass all strands prior to March 31 your license will lapse.  You will be required to sit out for three years before reapplying for licensure.
  • Bring a copy of your new license to the Human Resources Licensure Office to update your payroll records. The new license must be submitted to HR prior to October 15 in order to receive the new pay rate.
  • Useful tips and things to consider:

      •  Notify your Principal/Assistant Principal at the beginning of the year if you plan on doing a dossier and indicate when you plan to submit.
      • Complete a Declaration of Intent to Advance form at the beginning of the year. (They are available in Human Resources, at the Union Office, and on the APS intranet.)
      • Teaching on a 1A Alternative Pathway license counts toward the three-year requirement.
      • Substitute teaching does not count towards teaching experience for a dossier.
      • You must have taught (been the official teacher of record) for 3 full years (at least 480 instructional days as teacher of record) at your current level of licensure to be eligible.
      • You must bring in Strands D and E Principal Verification form


                NMAC rules for Professional Development Dossier