Education - Associate in Education

60 credits

The Education associate degree program at NMSU Grants 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 NMSU Grants 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. The student will need a 2.75 GPA to be eligible to apply to the TEP.  Early in their second year of study at NMSU Grants students should contact the four-year institution they have chosen to obtain application information.

NOTE: It is recommended that students check the requirements for their planned bachelor’s degree. Requirements may differ for some bachelor’s degrees. See education advisor for course selection information. NMSU Las Cruces College of Education requirements.

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 childcare facilities upon graduation.
  2. Students must complete all Technical Requirement courses as well as the following courses with a C- or better:
    Prefix Title Credits
    ENGL 1110GComposition I4
    ENGL 2221GWriting in the Humanities and Social Science3
    MATH 1134Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I3
    MATH 2134GFundamentals of Elementary Math II3
    MATH 1215Intermediate Algebra3
  3. Students must have a 2.0 GPA to graduate from this program. However, a 2.5 GPA is required for acceptance into the Teacher Education Program at NMSU. For this reason, it is highly recommended that NMSU Grants students complete the Education Program with a 2.5 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. The student must repeat any course not approved.

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. New Mexico General Education courses.

Prefix Title Credits
General Education
Area I: Communications
English Composition - Level 1
ENGL 1110GComposition I4
English Composition - Level 2
ENGL 2221GWriting in the Humanities and Social Science3
Oral Communication
COMM 1115GIntroduction to Communication3
or COMM 1130G Public Speaking
Area II: Mathematics
MATH 2134GFundamentals of Elementary Math II 13
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences
CEPY 1120GHuman Growth and Behavior3
Select two 4 credit courses, including lab, from two areas.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
Introduction to Chemistry Lecture and Laboratory (non majors)4
General Chemistry I Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors4
Environmental Science I4
Physical Geology4
Physical Geography4
Survey of Physics with Lab4
Area V: Humanities
HIST 1130GWorld History I3
or HIST 1140G World History II
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts
Select one from the following:3
Orientation in Art3
Music Appreciation: Western Music3
Introduction to Theatre3
General Education Elective
LING 2110GIntroduction to the Study of Language and Linguistics3
Core Requirements
HIST 1110GUnited States History I3
or HIST 1120G United States History II
MATH 1215Intermediate Algebra3
MATH 1134Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I3
Select one course from the following:3
World Regional Geography3
Human Geography
Introduction to Political Science3
American National Government
Major Requirements
Professional Education Core
BLED 2110Bilingual Methods3
BLED 1110Introduction n Bilingual Education/ESL3
CEPY 2110Learning in the Classroom3
EDLT 2110Integrating Technology with Teaching3
Any Teaching Field course - See an Advisor 2
Total Credits60

Prerequisite: MATH 1134 Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I is a prerequisite to MATH 2134G.  Additional prerequisites may be needed based on placement test results and/or course prerequisites.  Visit with an advisor for help with creating your MATH sequence.


Consult with the Education Program Manager to select an elective for your teaching field.

A Suggested Plan of Study for Students

This roadmap assumes student  placement in MATH 1215 Intermediate Algebra   and ENGL 1110G Composition I The contents and order of this roadmap may vary depending on initial student placement in mathematics and english. It is only a suggested plan of study for students and is not intended as a contract. Course availability may vary from fall to spring semester and may be subject to modification or change.Students will need a 2.75 GPA to be eligible to apply to a Teacher Education Program at NMSU.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
ENGL 1110G Composition I 4
MATH 1215 Intermediate Algebra 3
CEPY 1120G Human Growth and Behavior 3
Choose one from the following: 3
Orientation in Art
Music Appreciation: Western Music
Introduction to Theatre
ENGL 2221G Writing in the Humanities and Social Science 3
MATH 1134 Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I 3
CEPY 2110 Learning in the Classroom 3
COMM 1115G
Introduction to Communication
or Public Speaking
LING 2110G Introduction to the Study of Language and Linguistics 3
Second Year
HIST 1130G
World History I
or World History II
MATH 2134G Fundamentals of Elementary Math II 3
BLED 1110 Introduction n Bilingual Education/ESL 3
Choose one from the following: 3
World Regional Geography
Human Geography
Introduction to Political Science
American National Government
Area III: Laboratory Science Course 1 4
HIST 1110G
United States History I
or United States History II
Area III: Laboratory Science Course 1 4
BLED 2110 Bilingual Methods 3
EDLT 2110 Integrating Technology with Teaching 3
Elective Course (See advisor for options) 3
 Total Credits60

 See the General Education section of this catalog for a full list of courses.

Program Manager: Kathleen O'Connor
Phone: (505) 287-6693
Lucy Belle Ma Hall