Fast-Track Early Childhood and Teacher Education Degrees

Earn an Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood (Birth-3rd Grade) in 18 months or Teacher Education (Elementary/Special Education) in 15 months.

Application Deadline

Fall 2023: July 21, 2023

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    Fast Track programs are comprehensive, accelerated ways for you to reach your career goals of becoming an licensed educator in teacher education (elementary/special) or early childhood education.  The degrees we currently offer are:

    • Teacher Education (Elementary/Special Education)
    • Bilingual Teacher Education (Elementary/Special Education)
    • Early Childhood (Birth - 3rd Grade)

    The bilingual track offers more than half the coursework in the Spanish language and prepares the student to take the bilingual endorsement exam, La Prueba, as they transition to a four year institution.

    A full listing of courses for each degree can be found in the CNM Catalog.

    Program Details

    CNM Fast Track is a cohorted program offered in a combination of both real time online classes, online classes with no live requirements, and at least one in-person field experience in your community. Classes are primarily offered in two 7-week blocks per term.

    Full cost of the program is $7,399.00 and is eligible for Financial Aid and Scholarships. Fill out a Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) and contact a CNM Financial Aid advisor.

    Please consider applying through the CNM myScholarship application for the following scholarships:

    Admission and Application Steps

    1. Attend an Information Session
    2. Apply to CNM
      1. Submit official transcripts to CNM if applicable
    3. Meet Fast Track entry requirements for Reading/Writing and Math
      1. Previous coursework/Transcript
      2. ACT/SAT
      3. Accuplacer Exam
    4. Apply to the Fast-Track Program

    Ready to apply? For detailed steps, download our checklist!

    Information Sessions

    We strongly encourage you to attend an online live information session to find out more.

    Day Time Registration Link
    Tuesday, December 6 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Register Here
    Wednesday, January 25 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Register Here

    Student Perks

    • Registration is done for you each term.
    • You receive a Windows laptop computer.
    • Most books offered as E-books.
    • Complete your degree online.
    • Courses are transferable to most four-year institutions in New Mexico.
    • Students can work full time while in the program.
    • Early Childhood students will earn their Child Development Certificate while working towards their associates degree.
    • Support and mentorship provided throughout the program from:
      • Faculty
      • Staff
      • Designated Advising Success Team