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Teacher Licensure for Career and Technical Education

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

Application Date:
June 1, 2019

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Career Technical Education

Program promotion funding provided by the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006.

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.

Course Information

This is a 16-credit hour course of studies in teacher education for Career and Technical Education (CTE). The year-long 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 with one course in the late summer and then take two courses in the fall and spring.

The five courses offered in the Career and Technical Education certificate program are as follows:

  • EDUC 2240: Foundations of Career and Technical Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDUC 2242: Curriculum Development for Career Technical Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDUC 2244: Methods and Classroom Design for Career and Technical Education (4 credit hours)
  • EDUC 2246: Supporting Diverse Learners in Career and Technical Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDUC 2190: Supervised Field Experience (3 credit hours)

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.

Please see more about this 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 have the option to participate in a year-long practicum placement 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.