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Alternative Teacher Licensure

The Alternative Teacher Licensure Certificate Program at CNM is a state-accredited post-baccalaureate program for obtaining your New Mexico Level 1 teaching license.

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For more information attend any one of our regularly offered information sessions.

Admission Requirements

For admission to the Alternative Teacher Licensure Program, you are required to have one of the following:

  • a Bachelor's degree including 30* credit hours in a particular field that appertains to the licensure area sought; OR
  • a Master's degree including 12 graduate credit hours in a particular field that appertains to the licensure area sought; OR
  • a PhD in a particular field that appertains to the licensure area sought

*Note: If you are a candidate 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.

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Frequently asked questions about the Alternative Teacher Licensure Program

The ATL Program Candidate Information packet which outlines qualifications, program expectations, NES testing requirements, required coursework, and other related program information.

Attend an Optional Information Session

You are strongly encouraged to attend an information session prior to the application deadline for which you are applying. An RSVP is not required.

During the Information Session, you will obtain vital information regarding the program as well as information on the application and screening process.

Information Session will be held at CNM's Workforce Training Center in room 101 from 5:30-7:30pm on:

  • Tuesday, January 12th
  • Thursday, March 17th
  • Wednesday, May 18th
  • Tuesday, July 6th

More dates and locations for 2016 Information Sessions will be available in December 2015.

Apply to the Program

The application process includes admission to CNM as a non-degree student, submission of official transcripts and submission of Online ATL Program application form.

The ATL Program application is now available.

Application requirements will include:

  • Submission of official transcript to CNM Records Office confirming Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Submission of passing score on the NES Essential Academic Skills*:
    1. Subtest I: Reading
    2. Subtest II: Writing
    3. Subtest III: Mathematics
  • GPA of 3.0 on highest degree earned (or passing score on appropriate NES Assessment exam)
  • Ability to pass a Criminal Background Check

*Passing results from a NMTA Basic Skills exam taken within the last 10 years will be accepted in lieu of the NES Essential Academic Skills tests.

A review course for the NES Essential Academic Skills test is offered through CNM's Workforce Training Center

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.

Financial Aid

If you are a student in the ATL Program, you 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.