Feb 06, 2023  
2020 - 2021 CNM Catalog, Volume 52 
2020 - 2021 CNM Catalog, Volume 52 [The CNM Academic Year includes Fall, Spring, Summer Terms]

Alternative Teacher Licensure (Post Degree Certificate of Completion), Early Childhood PreK-Grade 3 Concentration

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School of Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences (CHSS)

CNM offers a state-accredited teacher licensure program based on national InTASC standards for teacher preparation and the New Mexico state framework for teacher education. CNM offers Alternative Teacher Licensure with certificates in, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education , Secondary Education , and Special Education . Students are able to complete licensure pathways in multiple areas and all students are encouraged to complete dual licensure in special education.  
For students currently in the Alternative Teacher Licensure Program or licensed teachers, CNM offers coursework that can be applied to endorsements in Gifted Education, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and Bilingual Education. 

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Educational Option Information

  • This educational option is an: Post Degree Certificiate of Completion
  • This educational option can be completed: Part-time
  • This educational option is design for: Post baccalaureate degree students
  • This educational option can be started: Anytime
  • Primary course location: Main Campus

Special Requirements

Students must complete a separate application process for the Alternative Teacher Licensure Program.

Application requirements include:

  • Submission of official transcript to CNM Records Office confirming bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution 
  • GPA of 3.0 on highest degree earned (or passing score on appropriate Praxis Subject Exam) 
  • Ability to pass a Criminal Background Check 
  • Passing score on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) * 
    • Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading 
    • Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing 
    • Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics 

* Passing results from a comparable teacher assessment taken within the last 10 years will be accepted in lieu of the Praxis Core.

Approximate Costs of this Educational Option

Financial Aid Considerations

There are many scholarships available for teacher education.  Please go to the scholarship page for more information, and be sure to check out these opportunities:

Educational Opportunities

This certificate is post-baccalaureate degree and leads to a teaching license from the state of New Mexico. Students are encouraged to pursue dual licensure with special education and early childhood to support all children in New Mexico.

Career Opportunities

Upon successful admission to the Alternative Licensure Program candidates are eligible to apply for an Alternative Level I Provisional Teaching License from the NM Public Education Department. 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 of teaching, teachers can earn a base salary of $60,000.

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