Online Alternative Licensure Certificate in Elementary Education

Our elementary education alternative licensure program is exclusively online. This 21-credit hour program, approved by the New Mexico Public Education Department, can lead to attaining K-8 licensure in New Mexico.

Alternative Licensure Program Handbook

Program Highlights

  • Eligible for employment as an elementary education teacher as soon as you are accepted into the program
  • All credit hours for this program can apply to a 36-credit hour master's degree in elementary education or pedagogy and learning
  • 100% online program
  • Coursework taught by experienced educators
  • Affordable tuition

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Graduate Tuition and Fees

Learning Format for Alternative Elementary Education Certificate Coursework

Our alternative elementary education licensure is designed to be completed exclusively online. You'll complete readings, assignments, discussions on Canvas, individual projects and presentations, quizzes and tests throughout each semester.

In all classes, your participation using Canvas and other resources like YouTube and Collaborate, related to recorded lectures can be done at your convenience, rather than during a specific time.

Alternative Licensure in Elementary Education Resources and Academic Support

We want to make sure you get the support you need. We offer flexible tutoring services, including the ENMU Writing Center which is available to help you improve your writing and help you clearly communicate for written, school-related projects and assignments.

We also have online databases, journal articles and eBooks accessible through the Golden Library. ENMU librarians are available virtually, via phone and email to provide assistance, so you'll always have the help you need to take advantage of library resources.

See our distance learning library services

Advising for Alternative Licensure Students

If you are taking the time to complete an advanced study program, we know you want not only the benefits from our classes, but also our faculty's professional experience. To support you, we offer advising via phone or email for online students, and in-person appointments if you are on campus. We look forward to working with you!

Affordable Alternative Licensure Certificate

Our affordable tuition makes it easy for you to pick ENMU, a school with a strong reputation for producing capable teachers and administrators that are prepared to lead schools and school districts.

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 U.S. If you are an out-of-state student enrolling in 6 or fewer hours per semester, you'll pay tuition and fees at the low in-state rate. 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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Career Pathway for an Alternative Licensure in Elementary Education

  • New Mexico Elementary Education Teacher (grades K through 8)

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)

Coursework information on this page is based on the 2022–24 Graduate Catalog.

BLED 578 Teaching Multicultural Heritage of the Southwest 3
ELED 508 Analysis of Elementary Education 3
ELED 511 Trends in Science and Mathematics Education 3
ELED 521 Internship I 1
ELED 522 Internship II 1

ELED 523 Internship III

ELED 523 can only be taken upon successful completion of all courses on the elementary education alternative licensure plan and successful completion of all licensure exams as set forth by the NMPED including:

  • 5205: Teaching Reading: Elementary
RED 518 Content Area Literacy 3
RED 587 Approaches to Teaching Literacy 3
SPED 501 Introduction to Exceptional Students 3

The New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) may change requirements at any time and in order to gain licensure in New Mexico, candidates must adhere and complete all requirements as identified by the NMPED.

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