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

Elementary Ed Alternative Licensure Program Highlights

Graduate School Application

Graduate Tuition and Fees

Learning Format for Alternative Elementary Education Certificate Coursework

Our alternative elementary education licensure is designed to be completed 100% online, although you have the option to take all classes online or a combination of online and in-person. In any case, you'll complete readings, assignments, discussions on Blackboard, individual projects and presentations, quizzes and tests throughout each semester.

In all classes except BLED 578, your participation, using Blackboard and other resources like Mediasite, YouTube and Collaborate, related to recorded lectures can be done at your convenience, rather than during a specific time. BLED 578 is a synchronous class and needs to be completed at the offered time. If this requirement is standing in the way of starting this program, please reach out to our department; we are happy to work with you if you have extenuating circumstances.

Alternative Licensure in Elementary Education Resources and Academic Support

At ENMU we want to make sure you get the help you need. We offer flexible tutoring services, including the Writing Center for our on-campus students and the Online Writing Center (OWL), for distance education students. The OWL/Writing Center 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. Since ENMU has a dedicated distance education librarian on staff, you’ll always have the help you need to take advantage of library resources, even if you’re sitting in front of your computer at home.

For questions and concerns about homework assignments, projects and grades you can always email or call your professor.

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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.

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Required Coursework (21 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.

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 523 Induction to Teaching 1
ELED 524 Induction to Teaching Seminar, co-requisite to ELED 523 2
RED 518 Content Area Literacy 3
RED 587 Approaches to Teaching Literacy 3
SPED 501 Exceptional Students in the Regular Classroom 3

ELED 523 and ELED 524 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:

  • NES Essential Academic Skills (Subtests I, II and III)
  • NES Elementary Education (Subtests I and II)
  • NES Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Elementary
  • NES Essential Components of Elementary Reading Instruction

Note: 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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Graduate Coordinator

Mark Viner

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Associate Professor of Educational Technology, C&I Graduate Coordinator

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