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Alternative Teacher Licensure

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

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Minimum Requirements

CNM's Alternative Teacher Licensure Program screens applicants based on licensure requirements enforced by the New Mexico Public Education Department. Before applying to the Alternative Teacher Licensure Program, you must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Completion of a Bachelor’s Degree (or higher-level degree). Degree must be complete prior to applying to the program; you cannot apply while “in progress.”

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on highest degree earned 
    • If below 3.0 - passing score on appropriate middle grades or secondary content knowledge assessment will be accepted to fulfill this requirement (view the FAQs page for more details).  
      • Passing scores on content assessments will qualify you as Highly State Certified and can be added as an endorsement to a teaching license
  • Passing scores on the 3 Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Assessments:
    • Reading,
    • Writing &  
    • Mathematics
  • Ability to pass a Criminal Background Check

  • 30 credit hours of coursework in the core disciplines of math, science, social studies, and language arts (a minimum of 6 credit hours in each) - if candidate is interested in pursuing licensure in Early Childhood, Elementary and Special Education 

  • 30 credit hours of coursework in a single content area (12 credits must be upper-level credits) - if candidate is interested in pursuing licensure in Secondary Education. All credits in the content area must be complete prior to application.

Important Coursework Notes:

  • Completion of courses in desired certification area must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.
  • A list of “accepted” courses for each endorsement area is available on the Application Resources page.
  • CNM Education Programs department does not review transcripts prior to a complete application to the program.  
  • Any missing coursework will be highlighted during the application review process.
Important Assessment Notes:
  • If you are a continuing teacher who is currently licensed, previous scores will be accepted.
  • Passing results from a comparable out-of-state teacher assessment will be accepted in lieu of the Praxis Core assessments.

    Testing centers are open but have limited space, register early. Praxis is offering "at-home" options for some assessments. 

Application Processing Schedule

Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

Fall Term
May 15 - August 1

Spring Term
September 1 - December 1

Summer Term
January 15 - April 15

Applications are accepted year-round. All application materials must be received by the deadlines above to begin classes that term. 

To allow time to get each cohort started, there is a 4-6 week window after each application deadline where new applications for the next term will be accepted but not reviewed.

Apply to the ATL Program

Attend a Q&A session!

Join us for an informal Q&A session.

It is expected for all interested candidates to review the Candidate Information Guide before attending a Q&A session.  Please come prepared with any clarifying questions you may have regarding the following:

  • Program application process & requirements,
  • Program structure & expectations &
  • NM licensure requirements

Q&A Sessions Offered via Zoom Bi-weekly

Tuesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
September 7 - November 16, 2021

Feel free to drop in anytime between 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. to get your questions answered.

  1. Please register to attend a session using the link below.
  2. Save the email you receive from Zoom with your: registration ID, password, and link to the session. 

Register in advance for these sessions.  Attendees register once and can choose one or more sessions to attend.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Register to Attend