Associate Degree: Education


  • Elementary Education
  • Secondary Language Arts
  • Secondary Math
  • Secondary Science
  • Secondary Social Studies
  • Special Education

The Education associate degree program at Doña Ana Community College is designed to prepare students for transfer into the Teacher Education Program (TEP), a baccalaureate program at New Mexico State University. Alternatively, students may opt to transfer to a similar program at another four-year institution. The DACC program includes the lower division courses required for entry into the TEP. Completion of this program does NOT guarantee admission into a Teacher Education Program at a four-year institution. Early in their second year of study at DACC, students should contact the four-year institution they have chosen to obtain application information.

The Education associate degree has designed concentration areas in Elementary Education, Elementary Special Education, Secondary Language Arts, Secondary Math, Secondary Science, and Secondary Social Studies Education.  Each of the concentration areas are designed to transfer seamlessly to the associated bachelor's degree program at New Mexico State University. 

Requirements and Limitations

  1. Students in the Education Program are required to complete and pass a security background check in order to take field-experience courses. Past criminal violations may prevent a student from completing the degree and from being hired by school systems or other child care facilities upon graduation.
  2. The College of Education requires a minimum grade of “C-” in all education, TEP pre-requisite, endorsement and teaching field courses. Students must also complete General Education Requirements with a "C-" or better.  
    Prefix Title Credits
    General Education Requirements
    1. Ten credits in Area I: Communications
    2. Nine - Eleven credits in Area II: Mathematics
    3. Eight credits in Area III: Science
    4. Nine credits in Area IV: Social & Behavioral Sciences
    5. Six credits in Area V: Humanities
    6. Three credits in Area VI: Creative & Fine Arts
  3. Students must have a 2.0 GPA to graduate from this program. However, a 2.75 GPA is required for acceptance into the Teacher Education Program at NMSU. For this reason, it is highly recommended that DACC students complete the Education Program with a 2.75 cumulative GPA.
  4. Any education course more than seven years old taken at NMSU, NMSU community colleges, or other institutions will not be counted toward the student’s baccalaureate program. It is highly recommended that students request a review of their cumulative coursework by the appropriate department at NMSU. Any course not approved must be repeated by the student.

Note: It is recommended that students declare a concentration area with the help of an education advisor.

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.

EDLT 2110. Integrating Technology with Teaching

3 Credits (3)

Considers impact of technology on communication and knowledge development; engages students in the design of technology-integrated lessons with a constructivist approach.

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.

Name: Shannon Bradley, Department Chair

Office Location: DAAR 100C

Phone: (575) 528-7388