Education - Associate Degree, Elementary Concentration

Note: Any education course 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. Any course not approved must be repeated by the student.

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: ENGL 111G, ENGL 211G, MATH 111, MATH 112G, EDUC 103, EDLT 268, C EP 210, and EDUC 204.

Total Credits Required for Elementary Concentration: 60

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements and elective credits to total at least 60 credits. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.

Prefix Title Credits
General Education Requirements
Area I: Communication
English Composition - Level 1
ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition 14
English Composition - Level 2
ENGL 211GWriting in the Humanities and Social Sciences 13
Oral Communication
COMM 265GPrinciples of Human Communication3
or COMM 253G Public Speaking
Area II: Mathematics
MATH 112GFundamentals of Elementary Math II 13
Areas III/IV: Laboratory Science and Social/Behavioral Sciences11
Human Growth and Behavior3
Choose two different subjects with labs (8 credits)
Introduction to Astronomy4
The Planets
Human Biology
and Human Biology Laboratory
Contemporary Problems in Biology4
Natural History of Life
and Natural History of Life Laboratory
Cellular and Organismal Biology
and Cellular and Organismal Biology Laboratory
Principles and Applications of Chemistry4
General Chemistry I
Introductory Environmental Science4
Geography of the Natural Environment4
Introductory Geology4
The Dynamic Earth
General Physics I
and General Physics I Laboratory
The Great Ideas of Physics
Area V: Humanities
HIST 111GGlobal History to 15003
or HIST 112G Global History Since 1500
Area VI: Creative/Fine Arts
Choose one from the following:3
Orientation in Art3
An Introduction to Music3
The World of Theatre3
General Education Elective
HIST 201GIntroduction to Early American History3
or HIST 202G Introduction to Recent American History
Core Degree Requirements
C EP 210Educational Psychology 13
EDLT 268Integrating Technology with Teaching 13
EDUC 103Introduction with Internship in Bilingual Education/ESL 13
EDUC 204Foundations of Bilingual/ESL Education 13
Choose one from the following:3
World Regional Geography3
Culture and Environment3
American National Government3
Introduction to Political Science3
LING 200GIntroduction to Language3
MATH 111Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I 1, 23
MATH 120Intermediate Algebra 33
Electives, to bring the total credits 60 43-4
Total Credits60

 Suggested Plan of Study - Education, Elementary Concentration

Additional classes may be needed based on placement test results and course prerequisites. Visit with an advisor for help with creating a customized plan.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
C EP 110G Human Growth and Behavior 3
Public Speaking
or Principles of Human Communication
EDUC 204 Foundations of Bilingual/ESL Education 3
ENGL 111G Rhetoric and Composition 4
MATH 120 Intermediate Algebra 3
C EP 210 Educational Psychology 3
EDUC 103 Introduction with Internship in Bilingual Education/ESL 3
ENGL 211G Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences 3
Global History to 1500
or Global History Since 1500
MATH 111 Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I 3
Second Year
Choose one from the following: 3
Orientation in Art  
An Introduction to Music  
The World of Theatre  
Choose one from the following: 3
World Regional Geography  
Culture and Environment  
American National Government  
Introduction to Political Science  
Introduction to Early American History
or Introduction to Recent American History
Area II: Laboratory Science Course 1 4
MATH 112G Fundamentals of Elementary Math II 3
EDLT 268 Integrating Technology with Teaching 3
LING 200G Introduction to Language 3
Area II: Laboratory Science 1 4
Teaching Field Elective 2 3
 Total Credits60