The special education alternative licensure program can be completed entirely online, with the exception of the internship, which is completed in a public school classroom. If you are already teaching while earning your credentials, your internship is completed on the job. However, if you are not teaching, the ENMU Teacher Education Office will place in your local area. The exception to the internship requirement is: if you have a degree in education and have completed student teaching, the state does not require you to do so again; your previous student teaching experience counts as your internship.

Program Highlights

  • Eligible for employment as special education teacher as soon as you are accepted into the program
  • Completly online
  • Program taught by experienced special education and reading educators
  • Internship completed in your own classroom or in a traditional student teacher program
  • Affordable tuition

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Required Coursework (21 Hours)

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

RED 510 Literacy Assessment and Evaluation 3
RED 518 Content Area Literacy 3
SPED 501 Introduction to Exceptional Students 3
SPED 505 Low Incidence Disabilities: Theory to Practice OR
SPED 548 Emotional Disturbance: Theory to Practice
SPED 539 Classroom/Behavior Management 3
SPED 540 High Incidence Disabilities: Theory to Practice 3
SPED 547 Internship in Special Education
(SPED 547 can only be taken upon successful completion of all courses on the special education alternative licensure plan and successful completion of all licensure exams as set forth by the NMPED.)

Career Pathways

  • Apply to the NMPED for Level 1 Teaching License
  • Work in a variety of settings in PreK-12 including, but not limited to:
    • Full inclusion classrooms with general content teachers
    • Pull-out resource and tutoring classrooms and, in some instances, self-contained classrooms as defined by individual districts
  • Work with New Mexico students ranging from those with the most severe disabilities, to those been diagnosed as gifted and talented

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

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:

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

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Graduate Coordinator

Rebecca Davis

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Professor of Special Education, ES and HPE Graduate Coordinator

Office Location: Education Building (ED), Room 102

Phone: 575.562.4231


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