Learn the answers to your questions about CNM's Fast-Track Teacher Education and Early Childhood Education Programs.

  Do you have a question you don’t see here? Please get in touch with Erin Radcliffe at!

What are the cohort’s admissions requirements?

Fast-track students must be ready to take ENGL 1110 and MATH 1110 by Fall 2021. We determine your placement by Accuplacer scores, as well as ACT/SAT if you happen to have already taken those. If you don't have ACT or SAT scores, no worries. Accuplacer is free and can be taken at home or in the Testing Center. Register for your Reading and Math exams here.

The Accuplacer and ACT/SAT scores for placement into ENGL 1110 and MATH 1110 are:

  • ENGL 1110: NextGen Accuplacer Reading 257 or higher; WritePlacer 6 or higher; Classic Accuplacer 166 or higher; ACT English 18 or higher; SAT 330 or higher.
  • MATH 1110: NextGen Accuplacer Arithmetic 264 or higher; NextGen Accuplacer Quantitative Reasoning 234 or higher; Classic Accuplacer Elementary Algebra 41 or higher; ACT Math 17 or higher; SAT 390 or higher.

It's also possible to meet prerequisite requirements like IRW 0980 and MATH 0970 during the intersession. Please contact Erin Radcliffe at with admission requirement questions!

What’s a typical week in the fast-track cohort look like?

Fast-track classes are scheduled in two 7-week blocks for fall and spring and 12-week blocks for summer. For Fall 2021, fast-track classes will be 100% online, but with some synchronous meetings to allow students and instructors to come together at the same time.

For Fall 2021, teacher education fast-track students will have this schedule:

  • First 7-weeks (8/30-10/17)
    • EDUC 2315--Online with synchronous meeting Wednesday evenings, 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
    • THEA 1110--Online
  • Second 7-weeks (10/25-12/12)
    • COMM 2150, Online with synchronous meeting Wednesday evenings, 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
    • ENGL 1110--Online

For Fall 2021, early childhood fast-track students will have this schedule:

  • First 7-weeks (8/30-10/17)
    • BCIS 1110--Online
    • ECED 1110--Online with synchronous meeting Saturday mornings, 9 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
  • Second 7-weeks (10/25-12/12)
    • ENGL 1110--Online
    • ECED 1125--Online with synchronous meeting Saturday mornings, 9 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
How much does the fast-track teacher education program cost?

The tuition and fees for the teacher education and early childhood education fast tracks follow CNM’s tuition and fee schedule. Fall 2020 resident tuition, fees, and new textbooks for students in the cohort were $1,056.85:

  • Resident tuition: $672.00
  • Technology/facility fee: $135.00
  • Registration fee: $45.00

New textbooks from CNM Bookstore: $204.85 (used or rental textbooks from the CNM Bookstore were $144.36; textbook fees will vary from term-to-term).

The teacher education fast-track is four terms long; you can expect to pay approximately $4,227.40 for this fast-track. The early childhood fast track is five terms long, and you can expect to pay approximately $5,283.25. Both programs are financial-aid eligible, and many scholarships are available!

How long does the fast-track program take?

The early childhood fast track is five semesters long, and the teacher education fast track is four terms long. Fast-track students take classes in the summer, and teacher education fast-track students take intersession classes as well. Teacher education fast-track students who start in Fall 2021 will graduate CNM with an associate degree by December 2022 and be ready to start at a four-year institution in Spring 2023. Early childhood fast-track students who start in Fall 2021 will earn their associate by May 2023.

I have some college credits already. Is the fast-track program the right fit?

The cohort usually works best for students with fewer than 9 college credits or the CDC (for early childhood). If you’re not sure, please get in touch with Erin Radcliffe about next steps and options. 

What will I have after I finish the fast-track? Do these credits transfer?

Students in the education fast-track earn an associate of arts in Teacher Education with a concentration in Elementary and Special Education. Students in the early childhood fast-track earn an associate of art in Early Childhood Multicultural Education with a concentration in Birth to Third Grade teaching. These credits transfer to any four-year institution in the state.

I took dual credit classes at CNM. Do I need to reapply?

Yes. You will need to reapply as a beginning freshman and can do so here. 

How do I start working as an EA?

To start working as an EA, create a profile for APS here and apply for an EA position. If selected by a principal and do not yet have college credits, you may need to take the Para Educator exam, which tests 8th- and 9th-grade Math and English. There is no cost for the exam, and you can take it in the APS Main Office. When you’re scheduled for the exam, you’ll be emailed study materials.

Do I have to work as an EA to be a part of the cohort?

No. Students do not have to work as EAs while in the fast-track cohort. Working as an EA, though, is a great way to gain teaching experience and earn years of service toward retirement!

Do you have scholarships available?

The fast-track program is financial aid qualified. Additionally, CNM has two scholarships for students pursuing teaching licensure: the Teacher Affordability Preparation Scholarship and the Grow Your Own Scholarship. Students may also qualify for the Bridge, Opportunity, and Lottery scholarships. Early childhood fast-track students may also qualify for the ECECD Scholarship.

How can I get ready for online classes?

CNM’s distance learning program offers students taking online classes help and support. Enroll in the DL program’s self-paced jump start class to help you get ready for your online classes! Find enrollment instructions and other resources here

I’m interested in the cohort. What are my next steps?

If you haven’t already, apply to CNM and send CNM official transcripts of any college credits you may have. Take the free Accuplacer exam at any CNM Assessment Center (Arithmetic or Quantitative Reasoning and the Reading or WritePlacer exam) or send CNM your ACT/SAT scores. Apply for the fast-track on our Web site. Attend an orientation session and see a Connect coach or Erin Radcliffe to remove your advisement hold. Be sure to complete a FAFSA for the 2021-2022 year.

Note: If you are anticipating being eligible for the Lottery scholarship, be sure to attend an in-person orientation before 8/1 and apply to CNM before 3/31 to be considered for the Bridge Scholarship.

I’m really excited to get started and don’t want to wait till fall. What can I do?

It may be possible to work on classes in Summer 2021 or in CNM’s intersessions to lighten your load for Fall 2021 and beyond. Check with Erin Radcliffe about class options.