Elementary Education

ENMU's elementary alternative licensure program is available online. This 24-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 (24 hours)

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

Course Credits
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)

Course Credits
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)

Course Credits
SPED 501 Exceptional Students in the Regular Classroom 3

Internship/Seminar (6 hours)

Course Credits
ELED 523 Induction to Teaching 3
ELED 524 Induction to Teaching Seminar 3
NES Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Elementary
NES Essential Components of Elementary Reading Instruction

Career Pathways

  • New Mexico secondary teacher (grades 7 through 12)

Financial Assistance

ENMU is committed to helping you finance your education. You may have the opportunity to apply for available graduate assistantships and teaching assistantships. For more information contact:

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If you are interested in completing a licensure program and degree, contact the ENMU Office of Financial Aid for information about the Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication-Handicapped Children (TEACCH) grant:

Financial Aid
ENMU Station 20
1500 S Ave K
Portales, NM 88130
800.FOR.ENMU (800.367.3668)
Phone: 575.562.2194
Fax: 575.562.2198

Apply for this Alternative Licensure Program

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