Sep 24, 2021  
2018 - 2020 CNM Catalog, Volume 50 
2018 - 2020 CNM Catalog, Volume 50 [The CNM Academic Year includes Fall, Spring, Summer Terms]

Teacher Education (AA), Secondary Concentration

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School of Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences (CHSS)

The Teacher Education associate degree program focuses on the knowledge, dispositions and skills required for working with children in the public school system (K-12). Students will gain practical experience in the classroom.

This program leads to an Associate of Arts degree in Teacher Education with a concentration in Secondary Education.  Students will choose a subject area track in Math, Science, Language Arts, Social Studies or Spanish.
In New Mexico, teachers must complete one or more teaching fields (endorsements) to apply for a Secondary Teaching License (grades 7-12).

See Recommended Sequence of Courses

Special Requirements

  • Students must pass a criminal background check prior to beginning their field / practicum experience.
  • All courses required for transfer must be taken for a traditional grade of A, B, C, etc.

Approximate Costs of this Educational Option

Financial Aid Considerations

Educational Opportunities

The Education Department also offers courses for students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree and want to transition to teaching through Alternative Teacher Licensure  in the following areas:

  • Elementary (K-8)
  • Secondary (7-12)
  • Special Education (K-12)

Students should refer to the Alternative Teacher Licensure website for more information about the program.

Students transferring to a New Mexico College of Education for teacher licensure are required to take the NES Essential Academic Skills exam as part of the program admission process.  It is recommended that students take the NES Essential Academic Skills test in their final semester of the program after the majority of their coursework has been completed. 

Career Opportunities

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.

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 Requirements


Teacher Licensure requirements may vary for specific disciplines. Consult an academic coach or the program director in selecting electives and meeting requirements.

Associate of Arts in Teacher Education, Secondary Concentration 60 credit hours

Secondary Education: Content Area Tracks

Secondary Education Content Area Tracks (12 credits)**

In New Mexico, teachers must complete one or more teaching fields (endorsements) to apply for a Secondary Teaching License (grades 7-12).
Students are advised to choose one teaching field from the tracks listed below as program approved electives to fulfill the teaching field requirements for the Teacher Education Secondary Concentration.

Social Studies Content Area (12 credit hours):

Math Content Area (12 credit hours):

Additional Notes

We encourage students to meet with an advisor to review the transfer requirements of the college where they intend to complete their degree to determine if there are additional general education course requirements that can be completed at CNM.

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