Education (Elementary) - Associate in Education

NMSU Alamogordo 2024-2025 Catalog

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.

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
Courses specified in the General Education areas below are Program required courses that will also fulfill General Education requirements.
Area I: Communication
English Composition - Level 1
ENGL 1110GComposition I 14
English Composition - Level 2
ENGL 2221GWriting in the Humanities and Social Science 13
Oral Communication
COMM 1115GIntroduction to Communication3
or COMM 1130G Public Speaking
Area II: Mathematics
MATH 2134GFundamentals of Elementary Math II 13
Areas III/IV: Laboratory Science and Social/Behavioral Sciences
CEPY 1120GHuman Growth and Behavior3
Choose two different subjects with labs (8 credits)8
Introduction to Astronomy Lecture & Laboratory4
The Planets Lecture & Laboratory
Human Biology
and Human Biology Laboratory
Contemporary Problems in Biology4
Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology
and Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology Laboratory
Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution
and Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution Laboratory
Introduction to Chemistry Lecture and Laboratory (non majors)4
General Chemistry I Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors
Environmental Science I4
Physical Geography4
Physical Geology4
Survey of Physics with Lab4
Algebra-Based Physics I
and Algebra-Based Physics I Lab
Area V: Humanities
HIST 1130GWorld History I3
or HIST 1140G World History II
Area VI: Creative/Fine Arts
Choose one from the following:3
Orientation in Art3
Music Appreciation: Western Music3
Introduction to Theatre3
General Education Elective
HIST 1110GUnited States History I3
or HIST 1120G United States History II
Program Requirements
BLED 1110Introduction n Bilingual Education/ESL3
BLED 2110Bilingual Methods 13
CEPY 2110Learning in the Classroom 13
EDLT 2110Integrating Technology with Teaching 13
ELAD 2340Multicultural Leadership in Education3
LING 2110GIntroduction to the Study of Language and Linguistics3
MATH 1134Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I 1, 23
MATH 1215Intermediate Algebra3
Choose one from the following:3
World Regional Geography3
Human Geography3
American National Government3
Introduction to Political Science3
Total Credits60

Pre/co-requisites for Teacher Education Program (TEP).  A grade of C- or better is required for course.


Prerequisite for MATH 1134 Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I is adequate scoring on the Mathematics Placement Exam, or any ACT/SAT and GPA combination that is considered equivalent, or a C- or better in  MATH 1215 Intermediate Algebra or higher.

NMSU Alamogordo 2024-2025 Catalog

 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
CEPY 1120G Human Growth and Behavior 3
COMM 1130G
Public Speaking
or Introduction to Communication
ELAD 2340 Multicultural Leadership in Education 3
ENGL 1110G Composition I 4
Choose one from the following: 3
Orientation in Art
Music Appreciation: Western Music
Introduction to Theatre
BLED 1110 Introduction n Bilingual Education/ESL 3
CEPY 2110 Learning in the Classroom 3
ENGL 2221G Writing in the Humanities and Social Science 3
HIST 1130G
World History I
or World History II
MATH 1215 Intermediate Algebra 3
Second Year
BLED 2110 Bilingual Methods 3
HIST 1110G
United States History I
or United States History II
MATH 1134 Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I 3
Area III: Laboratory Science Course 1 4
Choose one from the following: 3
World Regional Geography
Human Geography
Introduction to Political Science
American National Government
EDLT 2110 Integrating Technology with Teaching 3
LING 2110G Introduction to the Study of Language and Linguistics 3
MATH 2134G Fundamentals of Elementary Math II 3
Area III: Laboratory Science 1 4
 Total Credits60

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