Mar 23, 2023  
2022-2023 CNM Catalog, Volume 54 
2022-2023 CNM Catalog, Volume 54

Career Technical Education Teaching, Certificate of Completion

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The Career Technical Education (CTE) Teaching Certificate provides a pathway for CTE teachers to become eligible for a Secondary Vocational-Technical License from NMPED.  This pathway to licensure allows students and industry professionals the opportunity to complete the 16 credit hours of college level work to meet licensure requirements in secondary vocational-technical education.

Individuals with a bachelor’s degree are also eligible to apply for the Alternative Teacher Licensure  post-baccalaureate program.

See Recommended Sequence of Courses

Special Requirements

Students must complete a separate application process for the Career Technical Education Teacher program.

Application requirements include:

  • Career Technical Education Program Application
  • Submission of official transcript to CNM Records Office confirming highest certificate or degree from an accredited institution
  • Ability to pass a Criminal Background Check
  • Verified work experience listing years of work in related occupational area

Approximate Costs of this Educational Option

Financial Aid Considerations

Career Opportunities

Upon successful admission to the Career Technical Education program candidates are eligible to apply for a Secondary Vocational Teaching License from the New Mexico Public Education Department. Teaching remains a high demand field in New Mexico and 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.

Gainful Employment information is available from Job Connection Services.

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

  • Department Approval
  • Application to the Career Technical Education Teaching Program


Minimum Credit Hours Required to Complete Certificate: 16

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