Apply to the ATL Program

How to apply to the Alternative Teacher Licensure Program.

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 ATL Program, you must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree.
    • Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education licenses require 30 semester hours of core subjects: math, science, social studies, and language arts (minimum 6 semester hours of each)
    • Secondary Education licenses require 30 semester hours in a single content area (12 credits must be upper-level credits). All semester hours must be complete prior to application.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on highest degree earned.
    •  Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may still apply, but will need to pass a Praxis content knowledge assessment (middle grades or secondary depending on the license they are seeking). 
  • Can pass a Criminal Background Check.

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:

Applying to the ATL Program (ATLP)

Before you apply to the ATL Program, you must complete steps 1-3.  Click each step for more detailed information:

Application Deadlines

Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Spring Term
November 1

Summer Term
March 1

Admittance Notification

Spring Term

Applicants who met the November 1 deadline will be notified by December 1

Summer Term

Applicants who meet the March 1 deadline will be notified by April 1

Step One: Apply to CNM to become a CNM Student
    • Enroll as a CNM student (if not already a current CNM student)
    • Application Type - Select "General"
    • Student Type - Select "Return to CNM” or "Transfer" (if never attended CNM)
    • Education Goal - Select "Certificate"
    • Program Applying For - Select "No Degree or Certificate"
      • ATL Program is a locked major, it will not be available to select during the CNM application process.
    • Provide your previous degree information; CNM will verify you currently hold a Bachelor's degree
    Step Two: Set up CNM Email Account
    • Once your CNM application is processed, you will be assigned a 9 digit CNM Student ID number (010-xx-xxxx) & CNM email address.
    • Ensure your CNM email address is functioning properly, contact Information Technology Services if you have questions or are experiencing any technical difficulties.
    Step Three: Submit Official Transcripts
    • Submit official transcripts from all institutions you have attended
    • Submit electronically to if possible or via mail:

                                ATTN: Graduation/Evaluation

                                         525 Buena Vista SE

                                           ABQ, NM 87106

    Important Transcript Notes:

    • Official Transcripts must be on file showing completion of a Bachelor's Degree before ATL Program application will be reviewed.
    • Once transcripts have been received by CNM's Records office, it can take up to 2 weeks to process.
    • Submit transcripts at least 3 weeks before the application deadlines. 
    • Transcripts from a foreign institution must be evaluated (course-by-course, degree, & GPA) by a NACES accredited evaluation provider prior to submitting them to CNM. 
    • 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 discuss next steps.
    Step Four: ATL Program Application

    Verify which license you qualify for by filling out the Transcript Analysis Checklist

    • Transcript Analysis Checklist must be uploaded to the ATL Program Application
    • If pursuing Bilingual Education, passing results of La Prueba de Español para la Certificación Bilingüe must be submitted with the application.
      • Visit the ENMU Testing Center website for exam dates and registration information.

      Access the ATLP Application at: ATL Program Application - This is a Microsoft Form, you must be an active CNM Student to access the ATL Program Application.

      CNM provides free licenses of Microsoft Office 365 for students, faculty, and staff.

      Step Five: Acceptance Into the Program
      • Students accepted to the program are required to
        • officially accept a seat in the Program,
        • attend a mandatory ATL Program Orientation and
        • begin ATLP coursework in the term they applied for.
      • Students who do not accept their seat or wish to defer their program start date will be required to reapply to be considered for future cohorts. 
      • Accepted candidates will receive an official acceptance letter via their CNM email along with registration permissions for the approved ATLP coursework and the mandatory ATLP Orientation after their acceptance is processed by our office.
      • Candidates seeking teaching positions may use their acceptance letter to apply for an Alternative Level I License with the New Mexico Public Education Department.
      Step Six: Background Check
      • Upon Acceptance into the ATL Program you will need to provide proof of a district background check. This will be the school district you will be doing your observations in for your ATLP coursework. Each school district has different requirements to get this completed.
      • Teacher Candidates will be provided with further instructions on background checks upon acceptance into the Program.

      After You Apply

      • Check your CNM email account!  Applicants will be notified when:
        • Their application is incomplete (after the deadline)
        • Applicants are put on the waitlist
        • Their application has been fully processed and a final decision has been made 
      • ATL Program coursework is reserved for those students who have applied for and have been accepted into the program.
      • Complete applications include:
        • ATLP Application with Transcript Analysis Checklist
        • Official Transcripts processed by CNM's Records office