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Endorsement Coursework

Endorsements are attached to a teaching license to specify the teaching field (subject) in which a teacher is authorized to teach.

EDUCVisual4.small.jpgIn general, once you have your initial content area for your teaching license, you can add other content area endorsement by either having 24 college credits in the content (view a list of subjects that count toward each endorsement), or by taking and passing the NMTA content exam for the subject you want to teach. That said, there are some tricky rules to figuring all of this out based upon the license you are adding an endorsement to, and the endorsement.

Adding Endorsements to Early Childhood, Elementary, or Special Education Licenses

If you are a CNM student and have questions about adding endorsements, please contact us at teachered@cnm.edu.

Individuals seeking to add endorsements to these licenses must either have 24 college credits (at any level 100-400) or take and pass the NMTA content exam in the endorsement area (with the exception of the bilingual endorsement, which is discussed below).

Endorsements can be added to all teaching licenses, but endorsements in the core content areas of math, science, language arts, and social studies (history, economics, geography, civics and government) will not be added to the early childhood, elementary, or special education license.

Teachers on an elementary or special education license interested in being "highly qualified" to teach these content courses in middle school must follow the endorsement requirements even though the endorsement will not be added to the license.

NMTA has middle level content exams in these four areas. Special educators seeking to become "highly qualified" to teach these subjects in high school must follow the requirements for adding an endorsement to a secondary license.

Adding Endorsements to a Secondary License

Individuals seeking to add endorsements to this license must do one of the following:

  • Complete 24 college credits with at least 12 upper level (300 or higher) credits
  • Pass the NMTA content exam in the endorsement area.

Middle level content exams cannot be used to add endorsements to the secondary license, with the exception of TESOL, Bilingual Education, and Gifted Education endorsements. 

TESOL and Bilingual Education

The TESOL endorsement is intended for individuals who will be working with English language learners in an English language classroom setting.

The Bilingual endorsement is intended for individuals who are fluent in Spanish and plan to work in a Bilingual or dual language classroom or teach content area classes in Spanish.

There are different avenues for adding a TESOL/Bilingual Endorsement:

CNM Course Work for TESOL Endorsements

Course Descriptions

Check the Course Catalog for course descriptions.

To add a TESOL endorsement to an existing license, you will need to:

  • Take a minimum of 6 credit hours in a foreign language other than English (you can do this at CNM).
  • Take 6 credit hours of TESOL methods courses (EDUC 2222: Literacy/Language Instruction for ESL Learners and EDUC 2224: ESL Across the Content Areas).
  • Take and pass the NMTA—TESOL content exam.  

CNM Course Work for Bilingual Endorsements

To add a Bilingual endorsement to an existing license, you will need to:

  • Complete the requirements for the TESOL endorsement (listed above) and add TESOL endorsement to license.
  • Take and pass La Prueba de Español para La Certificación Bilingüe.
  • Take 6 credit hours of Bilingual Methods courses (EDUC 2225: Theories & Principles of Bilingual Education and EDUC 2226: Instructional Methods & Strategies for the Bilingual Classroom).

Alternatively, you can also:

  • Take and pass La Prueba de Español para La Certificación Bilingüe.
  • Take 12 credit hours of Bilingual Methods courses, 6 of which can be done at CNM (EDUC 2225: Theories and Principles of Bilingual Education and EDUC 2226: Instructional Methods and Strategies for the Bilingual Classroom). The other 6 credit hours will need to be completed at another higher education institution.

Gifted Education

Cohorts at CNM begin every fall semester.

Introduction to Gifted Education is the first class in the series and must be completed prior to the other Gifted Education coursework or provide unofficial transcripts stating successful completion of a comparable course from another institution.

As of June 30, 2012, the Gifted Education endorsement can only be added to with an existing NM teaching license by successfully completing 12 semester hours of gifted teaching methodology/pedagogy coursework and successfully passing the NES K-12 Assessment - Gifted Education test.

Gifted Education Licensure Fees

  • The NES  K-12 Assessment - Gifted Education test fee is $95.
  • The cost to add this endorsement to an existing license is $95.

Course Pre-requisite & Departmental Approval

Department Permission is required for EDUC 2230: Introduction to Gifted Education. Students should contact CNM Education Programs at teachered@cnm.edu and provide their CNM student ID number in order to receive the necessary permissions to register for EDUC 2230.

Check the Course Catalog for course descriptions.