The Teacher Education associate degree program facilitates an introduction to learning the theory and skills required for working with children in the public school system (K-12). Students will also gain practical experience in the classroom. Students interested in teaching in the early grades (PreK-3rd grade) should also consider the Birth-3rd Grade Teacher concentration in the Early Childhood Multicultural Education Degree.
The Education Department also offers courses for students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree and want to transition to teaching through the Alternative Teacher Licensure in the following areas:
Special Education (K-12)
Students should refer to the Alternative Teacher Licensure for the recommended course sequence for each Alternative Teacher Licensure area.
The associate of arts degree enables graduates to serve as educational assistants or substitute teachers within New Mexico public schools. Graduates from the program may transfer to four-year institutions that grant bachelor’s degrees in education.
The Career and Technical Education concentration is specifically articulated for transfer to Eastern New Mexico University’s online bachelor’s degree in Professional Technical Education. The national and state trend in Career and Technical education in high schools has also increased the demand for skilled Career and Technical educators.
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 $34,000. Within 7 years of teaching, teachers can move to a salary of $50,000.
Program Proficiencies and/or Prerequisites
Students may demonstrate proficiency in these areas either by Diploma/GPA, placement exam scores, or specific course work.