School of Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences (CHSS)
The Teacher Education Secondary Associate of Arts 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 a public school setting..
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).
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- 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.
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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:
- Early Childhood (PreK-3)
- Elementary (K-8)
- Secondary (7-12)
- Special Education (K-12)
Students with a bachelor’s degree or higher should refer to the Alternative Teacher Licensure, Elementary / Special Ed for the recommended course sequence for each Alternative Teacher Licensure area.
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
Students should refer to the Alternative Teacher Licensure website for more information about the
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 7 years, teachers can move to a salary of $60,000.