Alternative Teacher Licensure

The Alternative Teacher Licensure Certificate program is a state-accredited post-baccalaureate program to get a New Mexico Level 1 teaching license. Pursue work as a Pre-School, Elementary, Secondary, or Special Education Teacher, and more.

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Required Licensure Assessments

Licensure assessments are the responsibility of the teacher candidate. All licensure assessments must be completed with passing scores and reported to NMPED before a full level 1 license will be granted.

What is the ATL Program?

Our Alternative Teacher Licensure Program is a post-baccalaureate program for students interested in obtaining a New Mexico teaching license through an Alternative Educator Preparation Program. 

We are a program that believes in producing effective educators and have a staff that is dedicated to assisting our students in navigating their way through the New Mexico Public Education Department’s licensing process.

Through our program, students will learn effective and appropriate pedagogy guided by our five core values:

  • Critically Reflective Practice
  • Professionalism
  • Diversity
  • Multicultural Perspectives
  • Collaboration

Attend a Q&A session

Join us for an informal Q&A session:

  • Tuesday, June 7 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 21 at 5:30 p.m.

It is expected for all interested candidates to review our website thoroughly before attending a Q&A session.  Many answers to questions can be found on our Apply to the ATL Program and Application Resources pages.

Please come prepared with any remaining clarifying questions you may have regarding the following:

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

Register for a Session

ATLP Information Session PowerPoint Presentation

If you missed a session, please review the PowerPoint presentation and reach out to us at if you have any questions.

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