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Alternative Routes to Teacher Licensure
SOE students prepare to teach.
Alternative Licensure Program
Following the guidelines set forth by the New Mexico Public Education department, the WNMU College of Education provides coursework and field experience opportunities for the student who wishes to pursue an alternative route to teaching licensure. This two year program requires potential students to take nine (9) semester hours per year toward licensure while teaching full time. Programs are offered in Elementary Education, Secondary Education, and Special Education.
There are two options for the SOE student to choose from:
Option 1> Alternative Licensure Only (18-21 credit hour requirements)
This option is for students who hold a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, with thirty (30) credit hours in a teaching/endorsement field for secondary education or thirty (30) credit hours in the core subjects of language arts, social studies, mathematics, science as well as foreign language or the arts for elementary education or special education.
Option 2> Alternative Licensure embedded in an MAT program (36 credit requirement)
To apply for this option potential students must meet the above requirements. Upon completion of the Alternative Licensure Program, students will complete the remaining master's degree requirements for their respective program.
Both options require passing the New Mexico Teacher Assessments in Basic Skills, Teacher Competency, at the appropriate level, and Content Knowledge at the appropriate level. For more information, students should refer to the WNMU Course Catalog and to the New Mexico Public Education Department web page for licensure. Your faculty advisor will also assist you in navigating through this process.
WNMU College of Education
PO Box 680 Silver City, NM 88062
Phone: 575-538-6416 Fax: 575-538-6417
Last updated: October 24, 2013