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Alternative Licensure Field Experience

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

Alternative Licensure offers coursework for a teaching license in the state of New Mexico in the areas of 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 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

  • This course requires students to complete 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. Students already employed as teachers of record can complete these hours in their own classroom if it meets program requirements. 
  • 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.

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

  • This course requires students to complete 180 hours of field experience in a K-12 special education setting including a two full week assumption and is taken in the last term in the program. Students already employed as teachers of record can complete these hours in their own classroom.
  • 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.     

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.