Apply to the ATL Program

How to apply to the Alternative Teacher Licensure Program.

Application Deadlines

Fall Term Deadline
August 1

Spring Term Deadline
December 1

Summer Term Deadline
April 15

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

Application Flow Chart

Application Forms

ATL Program Application Form

Early Childhood/Elementary/ Special Education Transcript Analysis Form

Secondary Education Transcript Analysis Form

Application Questions?

Contact the Education Program’s Office if you have questions about the application process for the Alternative Teacher Licensure Program.

Phone: (505) 224-3040


Minimum Requirements

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 (or passing score on

    appropriate middle grades or secondary content exam)

  • Passing score on the NES Essential Academic Skills OR Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators:
    • Reading
    • Writing
    • Mathematics

Testing dates and times may be impacted by COVID-19 restrictions.

  • Ability to pass a Criminal Background Check

  • Early Childhood, Elementary and Special Education: Requires 30 credits across subject areas. These areas should include 6 credits in each of the following core disciplines: math, science, social studies (history, geography, economics, civics and government), and language arts. If you do not have 6 credits in each of the core disciplines you will be advised to take credits in the missing areas or demonstrate competencies by passing an NES or Praxis Elementary Assessment. The six remaining credits beyond the 24 required above may be in the same areas, or in art, Spanish, and/or physical education. 
    • If you are teaching in a single subject content classroom (ex. Science), you will need 24 credit hours of science coursework or pass the science content assessment.

  • Secondary Education: Requires 30 credit hours in the content area you will be teaching at the secondary level (12 credits must be upper-level credits). All credits in your content area must be complete prior to application.

A list of “accepted” courses for each endorsement area is available on each Transcript Analysis Form. Applicants are encouraged to use this list to review their previous coursework to the best of their ability.

Completion of courses in desired certification area must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.

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.

Steps Prior to Applying

Step One: Enroll

Enroll as a CNM student (if you are not already a CNM student). Students planning to apply for the ATL Program are recommended to select “non-degree” as their major. After acceptance, the Education Programs Office will update  majors according to the licensure area students will be pursuing. When it asks for “registration type,” indicate “transfer” (if never attended CNM). It is essential that you provide your previous degree information so that the system can verify you currently hold a Bachelor’s degree.

Step Two: Set Up CNM Accounts

After you enroll, you will receive your CNM ID number and CNM email address. Check email address to make sure it is functioning properly, and contact Information Technology Services if you have questions or are experiencing any technical difficulties.

Step Three: Submit Transcripts

Request your official transcripts are sent electronically to from all other institutions you have attended.  Please allow a minimum of two weeks for processing. If you have questions about this process, contact the CNM Records Office.

Note: You must have a transcript on file that shows you completed your Bachelor’s Degree. When your transcripts have been received and verified by CNM, you will receive an email in your CNM email account. If you do not receive an email within a week, contact the Records Office to make sure your transcript was received.

Important notes about transcripts:

  • Please submit your transcripts at least 3 weeks before the application deadline. It takes additional time for the education department to access and review your transcripts specifically for the ATL program. 
  • If your transcript is from a foreign institution, it must be evaluated (course-by-course) by a NACES accredited evaluation provider prior to submitting it to CNM. Take this step as soon as possible and allow time for processing.
  • If you attended an institution that no longer exists, or attended an institution outside of the U.S. and are having trouble obtaining an official transcript, contact the Education Program’s Office to obtain permission to submit an unofficial transcript until the official copy can be located.
  • If you do not currently hold a NM license (teaching, intern, substitute, or educational assistant) you may want to order two-three copies of official transcripts: one for CNM, one for you to later submit for licensure application, and one for when you apply for positions at a school district.

All students are required to have their official transcripts on file at CNM in order for their ATL Program application to be reviewed.

Step Four: NES OR Praxis Academic Skills Assessments

Register for the NES Essential Academic Skills: Reading (NT001), Writing (NT002) and Mathematics (NT003)
Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading (5713), Writing (5723) and Mathematics (5733). Combined Reading/Writing/Mathematics (5752) is also available.

Visit the NES website or the Praxis website for information on exam dates, registration fees, etc. As you register for the exams, please make sure to note Central New Mexico Community College as your reporting school. This will ensure that CNM receives your results.

If English is not your first language, please contact to discuss potential testing accommodations.

Testing dates and times may be impacted by COVID-19 restrictions.  Praxis is offering At-Home testing in response to the pandemic.

Submitting Your Application

You'll need to submit the following as part of your application:

  • Results of passing the NES or Praxis Academic Skills Assessments must be received in order for your application to be processed.

The ATLP Application Form

If you are interested in pursuing Bilingual Education, you will need to submit results of passing La Prueba de Español para la Certificación Bilingüe with your application. Visit the ENMU Testing Center website for exam dates and registration information.

Next Steps / Additional Information

  • Completed applications will be reviewed and applicants will be notified of their admission status by CNM email. It is your responsibility to check your CNM email account regularly.

  • Students who are accepted to the program are required to officially accept a seat in the Program by a designated deadline and attend an ATL Program Orientation.

  • Students who do not accept their seat by the designated deadline will be removed from the Program and will be required to reapply to be considered for future cohorts. All application materials would need to be re-submitted.

  • Accepted candidates will receive an acceptance letter via CNM email. Candidates seeking teaching jobs may use this letter to apply for an Alternative Level I License with the Public Education Department. Initial Licensure Packets may be accessed from the NMPED website.