Teacher Licensure for Career and Technical Education

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) alternative teacher licensure certificate is an online 16-credit hour program aligned to the guidelines for the New Mexico Secondary Technical-Vocational Education teaching license, grades 7-12. The program is designed for individuals with occupational/industry experience interested in a career in teaching.

Consider a career teaching middle or high school in your occupational area! CNM’s certificate program in teacher licensure for Career and Technical Education can get you on the path to becoming a vocational teacher in one of these fields:

  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Business
  • Construction and Engineering (AutoCAD, drafting, STEM)
  • Culinary Arts
  • Family and Consumer Science
  • Graphic Design
  • Health Sciences (nursing, EMS, sports medicine)
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Industrial Arts (carpentry, metals, automotive)
  • Information Technology and Computer Science
  • ROTC
  • And more!

Admission Requirements

To be eligible to for this program, you must have a background in a CTE field with one of the following combinations of education and work experience:

  • High school diploma or GED plus 5 years of work experience in CTE field.
  • Certificate plus 3 years of work experience in CTE field.
  • Associate’s degree plus 2 years of work experience in CTE field.
  • Bachelor’s degree including 32 credit hours of training in the CTE field.

How to Apply

Step One: Enroll as a CNM Student
  • Enroll as a CNM student (if not already a current CNM student)
  • Student Type - Select "returning student” or "transfer" (if never attended CNM)
  • Student Major - Select "non-degree"
  • Provide your previous degree information; CNM will verify you currently hold a Bachelor's degree
Step Two: Set Up CNM Accounts
  • Once your CNM application is processed you will receive your assigned CNM ID number and 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 askgrad@cnm.edu 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 Five: Complete *FAFSA

Visit the CNM's Financial Aid & Scholarship Services to fill out a *Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Apply for Scholarships.

*All applicants are required to complete the FAFSA to be eligible for tuition assistance.

Course Information

This is a 16-credit hour course of studies in teacher education for Career and Technical Education (CTE). The program consists of five courses delivered in an online format within a cohort model. The program is aligned to the guidelines for the New Mexico Secondary Technical-Vocational Education teaching license, for grades 7-12.

The program is designed utilizing a competency-based format, focused on hands-on strategies and techniques that can be directly applied by teachers to the CTE classroom. Cohorts begin in the summer and finish in the fall.  The cohort beginning in Summer 2021, has a unique opportunity to take the coursework required to obtain a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) endorsement added to their license.

Field experience is an important aspect of this program, as students will be engaged in hands-on application of course material. Participants in this program are eligible to work as CTE teachers while completing coursework in order to satisfy this requirement. Those who are not working as teachers can complete their field experience as a student teacher.

*View the NMPED requirements needed to obtain the TESOL endorsement on a teaching license.

Please see more about the Career Technical Education Teaching program in our catalog.

More Information

Students who complete the certificate program are eligible to apply for the Secondary Vocation-Technical teaching license with the New Mexico Public Education Department.

The courses within this program offer meaningful, practical experiences to prepare individuals to work as teachers in New Mexico public schools. Students in this program are eligible for temporary licensure through the New Mexico Public Education Department and can be hired by local school districts to teach in CTE programs. Those not working as a teacher while completing the program will participate in a Supervised Field Experience at the secondary level.

Program Contact Information

If you have additional questions about the Career and Technical Education certificate program, or the application process, please email teachered@cnm.edu.