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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.

In 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 a NES Assessment 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.

Questions? 

Please contact us at teachered@cnm.edu.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)  and Bilingual Education Endorsements

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.

While there are different avenues for adding the TESOL and/or Bilingual endorsements to an existing license, the pathway CNM recommends is outlined below.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)  Endorsement

Course Descriptions

Check the Course Catalog for course descriptions.

  • Complete a minimum of 6 credit hours in a foreign language other than English. 
  • Complete 6 credit hours of TESOL methods courses:
    1. EDUC 2222: Literacy/Language Instruction for ESL Learners
    2. EDUC 2224: ESL Across the Content Areas
  • Successfully pass the NES K-12 Assessment: English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) exam

Bilingual Endorsement

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

Alternatively, you can also:

  • Successfully pass La Prueba de Español para La Certificación Bilingüe
  • Complete 12 credit hours of Bilingual Methods courses, 6 of which can be done at CNM:
    • EDUC 2225: Theories and Principles of Bilingual Education 
    • 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.

Department Permission is required to register for TESOL and/or Bilingual endorsement coursework. Students should contact CNM Education Programs at teachered@cnm.edu and provide their CNM student ID number in order to receive the necessary registration permissions.

Gifted Education

The Gifted Education endorsement can be added to with an existing Special Education or General Education 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.

NMPED Licensure Gifted Education Endorsement Guide

Gifted Education Endorsement Coursework Offered at CNM:

  • EDUC 2230: Introduction to Gifted Education
  • EDUC 2231: Curriculum for Gifted Learners
  • EDUC 2232:  Strategies for Teaching Gifted Learners
  • SPED 2233:  Twice Exception and Special Populations of Gifted Learners
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 registration permissions.

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

Individuals seeking to add endorsements to these licenses must either have 24 college credits (at any level 100-400) or take and pass a NES Assessment 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.

NES has middle level assessment 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 NES Assessment 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