Education - Associate Degree

(68 credits)

NOTE: All courses listed may be applied toward a degree at NMSU.

Core Requirements
Area I: Communications
ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition 1,24
ENGL 211GWriting in the Humanities and Social Sciences 1,23
LING 200GIntroduction to Language (OR Literature elective) 2,33
COMM 253GPublic Speaking 23
or COMM 265G Principles of Human Communication
Area II: Mathematics 4
Select one from the following:6
Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I
and Fundamentals of Elementary Math II 1,2
Intermediate Algebra
and Mathematics Appreciation 1,2
College Algebra
and Mathematics Appreciation 1,2
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
and Mathematics Appreciation 1,2
Area III: Laboratory Sciences 5
Select three from the following, each from a different department:12
The Planets 24
Introduction to Astronomy
Human Biology
and Human Biology Laboratory 2
Contemporary Problems in Biology 24
Natural History of Life
and Natural History of Life Laboratory 2
Cellular and Organismal Biology
and Cellular and Organismal Biology Laboratory 2
Principles and Applications of Chemistry 24
General Chemistry I
Introductory to Geology 24
Geography of the Natural Environment
The Great Ideas of Physics 24
General Physics I
and General Physics I Laboratory 2
AREA IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences
Select two from the following, each from a different department:6
Introduction to Anthropology 23
Introduction to Economics 23
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
World Regional Geography 23
American National Government 23
Introduction to Political Science
Introductory Sociology 23
AREA V: Humanities and Fine Arts
Select two from the following:6
Orientation in Art 23
An Introduction to Music 23
History of Jazz in Popular Music: A Blending of Cultures
The World of Theatre 23
Any other ART, MUS, or THTR course 2
HIST 101GRoots of Modern Europe 23
or HIST 102G Modern Europe
HIST 201GIntroduction to Early American History 23
or HIST 202G Introduction to Recent American History
HIST elective 23
Professional Requirements 6
C EP 110GHuman Growth and Behavior3
C EP 210Educational Psychology 13
EDUC 250Introduction to Education2
EDUC 181Field Experience I 1,71
or EDUC 103 Internship in Bilingual Education/ESL
Approved Electives
Select two from the following: 86
Foundations of Bilingual/ESL Education3
Multicultural Education 13
Integrating Technology with Teaching 13
Introduction to Special Education in a Diverse Society 13
Electives as approved by education advisor
Total Credits68

Courses are required to apply for the Teacher Education Program (TEP).


Courses are part of the New Mexico Common Core.


Consult an education advisor before completing ENGL requirements, as literature requirements are dependent upon choice of bachelor’s degree plan. LING 200G Introduction to Language is recommended for Elementary Bilingual and Elementary/Secondary Language Arts Majors only.


MATH 111 Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I and MATH 112G Fundamentals of Elementary Math II are recommended for elementary education; the remainder are recommended for secondary education. The prerequisite for MATH 111 Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I is MATH 120 Intermediate Algebra. Consult advisor before selecting courses.


It is recommended that students check science requirements for their planned bachelor’s degrees. The requirements differ for physical education and some secondary education majors. All courses must include labs.


Special education majors have alternate technical requirements. See an education advisor for course selection.


Students majoring in bilingual education need to take EDUC 103 Internship in Bilingual Education/ESL. See an education advisor before enrolling.


Spanish – Two courses required for Elem. majors only. All students should take a placement test online at For questions contact the Department of Languages and Linguistics in Breland Hall 220, 646-3408