Alternative Teacher Licensure
For more information attend any one of our regularly offered information sessions.
Admission to the Alternative Teacher Licensure Program requires one of the following:
- Have a Bachelor's degree including 30* credit hours in a particular field that appertains to the licensure area sought; OR
- Master's degree including 12 graduate credit hours in a particular field that appertains to the licensure area sought; OR
- Ph.D. in a particular field that appertains to the licensure area sought
*Note: For candidates in the Elementary or Special Education program the 30 credit hours must include a minimum of 6 credit hours in each of the core subject areas (math, science, social studies, and language arts) for a total of 24 credit hours. Here is a list of acceptable coursework for each endorsement area.
Attend an Optional Information Session
Candidates for the Alternative Teacher Licensure Program are strongly encouraged to attend an information session prior to the application deadline for which one is applying. RSVP is not required.
During an Information Session, candidates will obtain vital information regarding the program as well as information on the application and screening process.
- Thursday, August 14th
- Tuesday, September 23rd
- Wednesday, October 22nd
The application process includes admission to CNM as a non-degree student, submission of official transcripts and submission of Online ATL Program application form.
Application requirements will include:
- Submission of official transcript to CNM Records Office confirming Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
- Passing score on New Mexico Teacher Assessment (NMTA) Basic Skills exam
- GPA of 3.0 on highest degree earned (or passing score on NMTA Content Knowledge exam)
- Ability to pass a Criminal Background Check
High Need Areas: CNM strives to fill the needs of area schools by giving priority to candidates who are qualified to teach in designated high need areas. We are currently recruiting teachers in the areas of special education, secondary math and science, and bilingual elementary.
If you have a job offer from a school contingent on obtaining licensure, please contact Meredith Tucker at (505) 224-3607. She will need the name of the school and contact information for the hiring official.
Students in the ATL Program may be eligible for the Pell grants and are eligible to borrow at the 5th year undergraduate level.
Please refer to the Financial Aid information page for details about eligibility.
Questions about aid availability should be directed to the Financial Aid Office at 505-224-3090.
Program Contact Information
If you have additional questions about the Alternative Teacher Licensure Program, or the application process, go to Program Contact Options.