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Alternative Teacher Licensure

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

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

Admission Requirements

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
  • PhD 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.

Frequently asked questions about the Alternative Teacher Licensure Program

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

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.

Information Sessions will be held Smith Brasher Hall (SB) room 100 at CNM’s Main campus from 5:00-7:00 pm:

  • Thursday, October 15th

Information Sessions will be held at CNM’s Westside campus in WS II room 115 from 5:00-7:00 pm:

  • Wednesday, September 16th
  • Tuesday, November 10th

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.

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.

Financial Aid

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.

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