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Alternative Licensure Field Experience

Information about the courses that require field experience in the Alternative Licensure Program.

CNM's Teacher Licensure program offers coursework for a teaching license in the state of New Mexico in the areas of Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary, and Special Education. There are two courses in each concentration of the Alternative Licensure Program that require an extended amount of field experience. All other courses in the program require between 10 - 15 hours of field experience.

Elementary and Secondary Education

EDUC 2250: Foundations of Education

  • This course requires students to complete a minimum of 25 hours of field experience in a K-12 setting and is taken in the student's first term in the program. Students already employed as teachers of record can complete some hours in their own classroom. All students are required to complete an online application for placement (even if employed in the field).  The Alternative Licensure Placement Assistance Application is due by the start of class. 

EDUC 2190: Supervised Field Experience

  • Supervised Field Experience (SFE) is required by the state and requires students to complete a minimum of 180 hours of field experience in a K-12 setting, including a two full week assumption, and is taken the last term in the program. 
  • Dual licensure may require additional hours in each setting to meet program requirements.
  • Student should have all of the Teacher Licensure coursework completed and pass all required teacher assessments the term before SFE.
  • Students employed as teachers of record can complete these hours in their own classroom if the setting meets program and state licensure requirements. 
  • All students must apply for SFE the term before they will be taking the course.
    • Application information will be sent to your CNM email address
    • Applications Deadlines for SFE are March 1 to be considered in the following Fall Term, and October 1 to be considered for the following Spring Term.
    • Applications are closed at 5 p.m. on the due date.

Early Childhood and Special Education

SPED 2250: Foundations of Special Education

  • This course requires students to complete 25 hours of field experience in a K-12 special education setting and is taken in the student's first term in the program. Students already employed as teachers of record can complete some hours in their own classroom. All students are required to complete an online application for placement (even if employed in the field). The Alternative Licensure Placement Assistance Application is due by the start of class. 

SPED 2390: Special Education Supervised Field Experience

  • Supervised Field Experience is required by the state and requires students to complete a minimum of 180 hours of field experience in a PreK-12 setting, including a two full week assumption, and is taken the last term in the program. 
  • Dual licensure may require additional hours in each setting to meet program requirements.
  • Student should have all of the Teacher Licensure coursework completed and pass all required teacher assessments the term before SFE.
  • Students employed as teachers of record can complete these hours in their own classroom if the setting meets program and state licensure requirements. 
  • All students must apply for SFE the term before they will be taking the course.
    • Application information will be sent to your CNM email address
    • Applications Deadlines for SFE are March 1 to be considered in the following Fall Term, and October 1 to be considered for the following Spring Term.
    • Applications are closed at 5 p.m. on the due date.

Supervised Field Experience Information Sessions

We host Information Sessions specifically about SFE (Supervised Field Experience: EDUC 2190 or SPED 2390).

During the 2020-2021 academic year, we will host SFE Information Sessions online:

Monday, September 14, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. - Register for this session at https://cnm.webex.com/cnm/k2/j.php?MTID=t4fb3e0a9bb23a8518ba9fa14308b5cbf

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. - Register for this session at https://cnm.webex.com/cnm/k2/j.php?MTID=t67f92e610a32852c5d2661f05b455a10

Additional Information:

  • Students will receive an email with information on applying for a field placement shortly before the term begins.
  • All students will be required to fill out an online placement application in order to complete field hours. Students who are currently a teacher of record can indicate their place of employment.
  • There are limited options for after school hours so students should plan their schedule to allow for observational hours to be completed sometime Monday – Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • All students taking courses with required field experience must provide evidence of a clear background check as requested. Students are responsible for paying the background check fees. Information about obtaining a background check will be included in the email students receive when they register for a course with field experience.