The Teacher Education Elementary and Special Education associate degree program focuses the knowledge, dispositions and skills required for working with children in the public school system (PreK-12). Students will gain practical experience through field experience in a PreK-12 public school setting. 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 Teacher Education associate degree is also available in a cohorted fast track program. Contact Education Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Teacher Education degree with a concentration in Elementary and Special Education is designed to transfer to Colleges of Education in Elementary, Special Education or dual Elementary/Special Education licensure pathways.
Students transferring to a four-year college of education for a bachelor’s degree in education will need passing scores on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) upon program completion. For more information on the Praxis Core, please go to: https://www.ets.org/praxis/nm
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 $41,000. Within seven years, teachers can earn a base salary of $60,000.
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.