Alternative Teacher Licensure


The Alternative Teacher Licensure Certificate program is a state-accredited post-baccalaureate program to get a New Mexico Level 1 teaching license. Pursue work as a Pre-School, Elementary, Secondary, or Special Education Teacher, and more.

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Program Information

Being a teacher is a highly rewarding and meaningful profession. Our Alternative Teacher Licensure Program (ATLP) is for community members from all walks of life who hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree and are dedicated to making a difference in their community.  

Through our program, community members will learn effective and appropriate pedagogy guided by our five core values:

  • Critically Reflective Practice
  • Professionalism
  • Diversity
  • Multicultural Perspectives
  • Collaboration

It is expected for our teacher candidates to live into our core values and uphold standards of professional conduct in all forms of communication with CNM staff, CNM faculty, and all community partners.

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New Mexico Teacher Licensure

The New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) Professional Licensure Bureau is responsible for determining the qualifications for and issuing licenses to teachers, administrators, and other instructional personnel in the state.

NM 3-Tiered Licensure System

The NMPED instituted the following 3-Tiered Licensure Advancement System:

Level 1: provisional license 

Level 2: professional license 

Level 3: master teacher license 

NM Alternative Level 1 Licensure

Community members accepted into our ATL Program qualify to apply for an Alternative Level 1 license through NMPED. 

Alternative Level 1 licenses are nonrenewable, 2-year licenses granted to allow a person to simultaneously teach while completing pedagogical coursework to obtain full Level 1 licensure.  

Required Licensure Assessments

As part of the ATL Program, we track student progress; however, licensure assessments are the responsibility of the teacher candidate. All licensure assessments must be completed with passing scores and reported to NMPED before a full level 1 license will be granted.

Attend a Q&A Session

You can register for a Q&A - Teacher Licensure Program Session and will receive a confirmation email about the Zoom meeting.

In the meantime, check out the step-by-step guide on how to Apply to the ATL Program and Application Resources.

If you missed a session, please reach out to us at [email protected] if you have any questions.

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Field Experience

Certain courses require students to complete hours in settings outside of the CNM classroom. Field experience hours are designed to give students real-world experience in a setting related to the study of the accompanying course. 


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