Teacher Education

Our University is noted for our teacher preparation program throughout the Southwest. When you complete your degree in education at ENMU, you are well accepted and prepared for employment in the education profession.

The College of Education and Technology views itself and its constituents as a community of learners, involved in an ongoing journey of investigation. Our vision translates into a strong commitment to the preparation of lifelong learners who are continuously involved in professional growth, learning and development. Our vision and expectations are grounded on the conceptual framework based on Theory and Research for Effective Practices and a Commitment to learning (TREC).

We welcome students who are passionate about becoming educators, and we encourage your exploration of a profession dedicated to a lifelong journey of learning, reflection and improvement.

Teacher Education Office

The Teacher Education Office (TEO) is responsible for field placements of students enrolled in our Teacher Education Program. The mission of this office is to facilitate placement of teacher candidates in appropriate instructional settings. Additionally, the TEO maintains the processes and records of the Teacher Education Program.

Student Teaching

During your last semester in our program, you gain the professional experience of teaching in a classroom, and you take part in professional development activities. Student teaching is the capstone experience of the Teacher Education Program. During your student teaching semester, you will engage in initial seminar, career fair, and teacher candidate professional development conference. The student teaching process starts with a mandatory application meeting the semester prior to your professional classroom experience.

Student Teaching Sample Schedule

Green: Events you attend when you are student teaching
Blue: Activities you attend in the semester before you start student teaching

If you are student teaching in the fall semester, you will follow this schedule:

Month Event
February Application Meeting
March Interviews
August Initial Seminar
November Career Fair
December Final Seminar

If you are student teaching in the spring semester, you will follow this schedule:

Month Event
September Application Meeting
October Interviews
January Initial Seminar
April Career Fair
May Final Seminar


Admission to the Teacher Education Program is based on a three-gateway process. This process allows you to enter the program in a sequential manner. Questions can be directed to your advisor or to the TEO.

Teacher Education Program Applications


There are various exams required by New Mexico for licensure. For information regarding these tests please see:

Teaching in Other States

There are situations where students may earn their teaching degree at ENMU, but wish to teach in another state. If you fall into this category, contact the relevant department of public education for information on licensure requirements for your state. New Mexico offers teachers from out-of-state the ability to earn New Mexico teaching certification based on previous experience, education and certification from other states. This partnership currently exists with 44 states.

View New Mexico Teacher Reciprocity Agreements

For Additional Information

Teacher Education Office (TEO)
ENMU Station 25
1500 S Ave K
Portales, NM 88130
800.FOR.ENMU (800.367.3668)
Phone: 575.562.2895
Fax: 575.562.4047