Education - Associate Degree

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. 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.

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:
    ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition4
    ENGL 211GWriting in the Humanities and Social Sciences3
    MATH 111Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I3
    MATH 112GFundamentals of Elementary Math II3
    MATH 120Intermediate 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.
General Education Requirements
Area I: Communications
ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition4
ENGL 211GWriting in the Humanities and Social Sciences3
COMM 253GPublic Speaking3
or COMM 265G Principles of Human Communication
Area II: Math
MATH 120Intermediate Algebra3
MATH 111Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I 13
MATH 112GFundamentals of Elementary Math II 23
Area III: Science
Select two from two departments:8
The Planets4
Introduction to Astronomy
Human Biology
and Human Biology Laboratory
Contemporary Problems in Biology4
Natural History of Life
and Natural History of Life Laboratory
Cellular and Organismal Biology
and Cellular and Organismal Biology Laboratory
Principles and Applications of Chemistry4
General Chemistry I4
General Chemistry II
Introductory Environmental Science4
Introductory Geology4
Geography of the Natural Environment4
The Dynamic Earth
The Great Ideas of Physics4
General Physics I
General Physics II
and General Physics II Laboratory
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences
C EP 110GHuman Growth and Behavior3
LING 200GIntroduction to Language3
Select one course from the following:3
American National Government3
Introduction to Political Science
World Regional Geography3
Culture and Environment
Area V: Humanities/Fine Arts
Select two from the following:6
Global History to 15003
Global History Since 1500
Introduction to Early American History3
Introduction to Recent American History
Select one from the following:3
Orientation in Art3
An Introduction to Music3
The World of Theatre3
Professional Education Core
EDUC 103Introduction with Internship in Bilingual Education/ESL3
EDLT 268Integrating Technology with Teaching3
C EP 210Educational Psychology3
EDUC 204Foundations of Bilingual/ESL Education3
One elective from Teaching Field3
Total Credits60

Prerequisite: MATH 120 Intermediate Algebra.


Prerequisite: MATH 111 Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I.