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

Graduate School Application Graduate Tuition and Fees

Affordable Alternative Licensure Certificate

Eastern New Mexico University has the second lowest bachelor's and master's-level tuition in the state of New Mexico, and has one of the most affordable graduate tuition rates in the United States. Depending on your career goals, you may be eligible for a TEACH Grant or the New Mexico T.E.A.C.H program.

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Alternative Licensure Program Cost, Financing and Completion Rates

When it comes to taking courses from ENMU, you know you're getting a quality education at an affordable price. See the cost overview and other details for this program.

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. Note: Degree information on this page is based on the 2018-20 Graduate Catalog.

ELED 508 Analysis of Elementary Education 3
RED 587 Approaches to Teaching Literacy 3
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 (3 hours)

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

Career Pathways

  • New Mexico elementary teacher (grades K through 8)

Application to ENMU Alternative Licensure Program

Graduate Coordinator

Mark Viner

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Assistant Professor of Educational Technology, C&I Graduate Coordinator

Office Location: Education Building (ED), Room 136

Phone: 575.562.2538


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