ENMU's elementary alternative licensure program is available online. This 21-credit hour program, approved by the New Mexico Public Education Department, can lead to your attaining K-8 licensure in New Mexico. Many courses contain practicum components. You must be a teacher of record in a New Mexico school for one year for your intern license to be articulated to a traditional Level I Teaching License. In order to be admitted into the ENMU licensure program, you must meet the Graduate School admission guideline of having a minimum 3.0 GPA. In addition, you must have a composite of 30 credit hours of undergraduate coursework in English, science, math and social studies courses to be eligible for licensure with the state of New Mexico.

Program Highlights

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Alternative Licensure Program Cost, Financing and Completion Rates

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Gainful Employment

Required Coursework (21 hours)

Introduction to Elementary Teaching and Literacy (6 hours)
You much complete these courses with a grade of B or higher.

ELED 508 Analysis of Elementary Education 3

RED 587 Approaches to Teaching Literacy

NES Essential Academic Skills (Subtests I, II, and III)

Content Knowledge/Multicultural Heritage (9 hours)

RED 518 Content Area Literacy 3
BLED 578 Teaching Multicultural Heritage of the Southwest 3
ELED 511 Trends in Science and Mathematics Education 3
NES Elementary Education (Subtests I and II)

Diverse Learners (3 hours)

SPED 501 Exceptional Students in the Regular Classroom 3

Internship/Seminar (6 hours)

ELED 523 Induction to Teaching 1
ELED 524 Induction to Teaching Seminar 2
NES Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Elementary
NES Essential Components of Elementary Reading Instruction

Career Pathways

  • New Mexico secondary teacher (grades 7 through 12)

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