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.

Program Highlights

Graduate School Admission Application  Graduate Tuition

Learning Format For Alternative Elementary Education Licensure Coursework

Our alternative elementary licensure is designed to be completed 100% online. You'll complete readings, assignments, discussions on Blackboard, individual projects and presentations, quizzes and tests throughout the semester. Recorded lectures via Mediasite will connect you with professors and other students on your own time. In all classes except BLED 578, your participation, using Blackboard and other resources like 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.

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 meetings via email and phone. We want you to feel connected and prepared to complete your licensure requirements.

Alternative Licensure in Elementary Education Resources and Academic Support

At ENMU, we want to make sure you get the help you need. We offer several tutoring services, including the Online Writing Center (OWL), which is exclusively for distance education students. The OWL is available to help you improve your writing and help you communicate clearly for written, school-related projects and assignments. We also have online databases, journal articles and eBooks accessible through the Golden Student Success Center. Since ENMU has a dedicated distance education librarian on staff, you'll always have the help you need to take advantage of library resources.

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If you have questions or concerns about your homework assignments, projects or grades, we encourage you to email or call your professor.

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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Career Opportunities with an Alternative Licensure in Elementary Education

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.

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

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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