The Associate Degree in Education prepares students for work as a teacher’s aide, substitute teacher or other paraprofessional in elementary or secondary schools. The curriculum is designed for maximum transfer of credits to the Teacher Education Program (TEP) at NMSU for those students planning to complete the Bachelor’s Degree in Education. Note: Completion of the Associate degree in Education does not guarantee admission into the TEP.

Graduation Requirements

ENGL 1110G Composition I with a C or higher; placement into college-level math and reading courses or completion of developmental courses with a C or higher; cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.  A minimum of 15 of the 60 credits for the associate’s degree must be completed at NMSU or one of its community colleges. Individual academic programs may have additional requirements.

EDUC 1110. Freshman Orientation

1 Credit (1)

Introduction to the university and to the College of Education. Discussion of planning for individualized education program and field experience. Restricted to Las Cruces campus only.

EDUC 1120. Introduction to Education

2 Credits (2)

Introduction to the historical, philosophical, sociological foundations of education, current trends, and issues in education; especially as it relates to a multicultural environment. Students will use those foundations to develop effective strategies related to problems, issues and responsibilities in the field of education. Restricted to Las Cruces campus only.

EDUC 1140. Math for Paraprofessionals

3 Credits (3)

Applied math skills for paraprofessionals working with children.

Prerequisite: CCDM 103 N.

EDUC 1150. Math for Paraprofessionals II

3 Credits (3)

Applied math skills for paraprofessionals working under the direction of a teacher.

Prerequisite(s): EDUC 1140.

EDUC 1185. Introduction to Secondary Education and Youth

3 Credits (3)

Introductory course for students considering a career in secondary education. Includes historical, philosophical, and sociological foundations, program organization, critical dispositions, and understanding the context of schools and youth. Practicum required. Restricted to: Secondary Ed majors. Traditional Grading with RR.

EDUC 1995. Field Experience I

1 Credit (1)

Introduction to public school teaching, school visits, classroom observations and discussion seminar.

EDUC 1996. Special Topics in Education

1 Credit (1)

Supervised study in a specific area of interest. Each course shall be designated by a qualifying subtitle. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits.

EDUC 1998. Internship I

3 Credits (3)

Supervised experience in elementary education settings.

EDUC 2710. Pre-Teacher Preparation

3 Credits (3)

Assists students in developing the necessary competencies needed for acceptance to the Teacher Education Program. Course content includes basic skill development, test taking skills, and completion of teacher preparation packet. Maybe repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. Graded S/U. Community Colleges only.

EDUC 2998. Internship II

3 Credits (3)

Supervised experience in junior high settings.

Prerequisite: must be a co-op student.