The Associate degree in Education is designed to prepare the student for work as a teacher’s aide, substitute teacher, or other paraprofessional in elementary or secondary schools. The curriculum is also designed for maximum application of credits to the Teacher Education Program (TEP) at NMSU for those students planning to complete the Bachelor’s Degree in Education. Students pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Education must apply to the Teacher Education Program (TEP).

Students must have a 2.5 GPA to graduate from this program. However, a 2.75 GPA is required for acceptance into the Teacher Education Program at NMSU. A grade of C- or better is required in the following TEP prerequisites:

*Note: Check degree concentrations for appropriate TEP prerequisites.

A Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education completion program is available on the Alamogordo campus via ITV and online instruction through the College of Health, Education and Social Transformation in Las Cruces.

Note: Any education courses more than seven years old taken at NMSU or at another institution will not be counted toward the student’s undergraduate program. A student may ask for a review of this time limit by the appropriate department. The department head and/or faculty may recommend accepting a course that is seven years old with approval from the Dean’s office in the College of Health, Education, and Social Transformation. Any course not approved must be repeated by the student.

Graduates of this program will:

  1. Observe and document essential principle of instruction, classroom management, and instructional methods that encompass the diversity of learner needs.
  2. Discuss and apply the major theories of childhood development and learning.
  3. Apply effective writing and speaking skills in presentations, documents, and reports.
  4. Search and identify appropriate technology for use in the educational environment for both personal use and in a classroom setting.
  5. Perform critical thinking and logical step-wise processes in math and science.
  6. Describe how issues of diversity may impact the schooling process.

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New Mexico State University Alamogordo
2400 N. Scenic Drive
Alamogordo, NM  88310

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Gregory Hillis

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