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.
Some courses are not eligible for Financial Aid. Please check the list here when considering a course.
Upon successful admission to the Alternative Licensure Program candidates are eligible to apply for an Alternative Level I 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, teachers can earn a base salary of $60,000.
Career and technical education courses in this program will qualify for credit for a period of ten academic years. Due to changing technologies, trends, and professional demands, courses completed ten or more years in the past will satisfy program requirements only if they are approved by the instructional school in which they were offered. Cohorted programs may have additional restrictions.