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2011 - 2012 CNM Catalog June 2011, Volume 44 
2011 - 2012 CNM Catalog June 2011, Volume 44 [The CNM Academic Year includes Fall, Spring, Summer Terms]

Alternative Teacher Licensure (ATL)

School of Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences


Program Director: (505) 224-3588, Program Outreach Specialist: (505) 224-3607


Program Description

CNM offers state-approved Alternative Teacher Licensure Programs with certificates in: Early Childhood Multicultural Education, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Special Education.

Career and Educational Opportunities

Upon successful completions of these certificate programs and required state exams, candidates are eligible to apply for a Level I Provisional Teaching License.

Teaching remains a high demand field in New Mexico, especially in the areas of bilingual elementary, secondary (math or science), and special education. The starting salary for teachers in New Mexico public schools is $30,000. Within 7 years of teaching, teachers can earn a base salary of $50,000.

Special Requirements

To qualify to pursue alternative licensure programs, an individual must have:

  • A bachelor’s degree including 30 semester hours of credit in a particular field that applies to the licensure area sought; or
  • A master’s degree including 12 semester hours of graduate credit in a particular field that applies to the licensure area sought; or
  • A doctorate degree in a particular field that applies to the licensure area sought.

Requirements for Initial Admission to CNM’s Alternative Teacher Licensure Certificate Programs:

This program is designated as a Limited Entry Program at CNM. Students who wish to pursue this certificate will need to apply and be selected for the program. Students who plan to apply for the Fall 2011 should refer to the Alternative Teacher Licensure Program website for information about the application process and admission criteria.

Students who wish to apply for Spring 2012 or later should refer to the Office of Limited Entry Programs website for information about application requirements and selection criteria, which will be different from those used in previous years.

Requirements for Full Acceptance (required to register for second semester of coursework):

  • Passing scores on the Basic Skills portion of the New Mexico Teacher Assessment (NMTA). Note: to register for this exam visit www.nmta.nesinc.com
  • Successful completion of first term coursework
  • Complete student file on record with the Education Department

The Education Department also offers an Associate Segree in Early Childhood Multicultural Education and an Associate Degree in Teacher Education (with concentrations in Elementary, Secondary, and Special Education). 


Exit competencies for this program are available at cnm.edu/exitcomp.

For the graduation policy refer to the Moving On  section.