Jul 16, 2024  
2022-2023 CNM Catalog, Volume 54 
2022-2023 CNM Catalog, Volume 54 [The CNM Academic Year includes Fall, Spring, Summer Terms]

Teacher Education (AA), Secondary Concentration

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School of Education (ED)

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).

See Recommended Sequence of Courses

Special Requirements

  • Students must pass a criminal background check prior to beginning their field 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:

  • 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

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 $41,000. Within 7 years, teachers can move to a salary of $60,000.

Ten Year Rule for CTE Courses

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.

Program Requirements


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

Minimum Credit Hours Required to Complete Degree: 60

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.

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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