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. 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 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.

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: Communications10
English Composition - Level 1
Rhetoric and Composition4
English Composition - Level 2
Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences3
Oral Communication
Public Speaking3
Principles of Human Communication
Area II: Mathematics3
Fundamentals of Elementary Math II 13
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences11
Human Growth and Behavior3
Select two 4 credit courses, including lab, from two areas.
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 V: Humanities3
Global History to 15003
Global History Since 1500
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts3
Select one from the following:
Orientation in Art3
An Introduction to Music3
The World of Theatre3
General Education Elective
LING 200GIntroduction to Language3
Core Requirements
HIST 201GIntroduction to Early American History3
or HIST 202G Introduction to Recent American History
MATH 120Intermediate Algebra3
MATH 111Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I3
Select one course from the following:3
World Regional Geography3
Culture and Environment3
American National Government3
Introduction to Political Science3
Major Requirements
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
Individual Topics in Education (NES Teacher Prep)1-3
Any Teaching Field course 2
Total Credits60

A Suggested Plan of Study for Students

This roadmap assumes student  placement in MATH 120 Intermediate Algebra   and ENGL 111G Rhetoric and Composition 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.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
ENGL 111G Rhetoric and Composition 4
MATH 120 Intermediate Algebra 3
C EP 110G Human Growth and Behavior 3
Choose one from the following: 3
Orientation in Art  
An Introduction to Music  
The World of Theatre  
ENGL 211G Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences 3
MATH 111 Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I 3
C EP 210 Educational Psychology 3
Public Speaking
or Principles of Human Communication
LING 200G Introduction to Language 3
Second Year
Global History to 1500
or Global History Since 1500
MATH 112G Fundamentals of Elementary Math II 3
EDUC 103 Introduction with Internship in Bilingual Education/ESL 3
Choose one from the following: 3
World Regional Geography  
Culture and Environment  
American National Government  
Introduction to Political Science  
Area III: Laboratory Science Course 1 4
Introduction to Early American History
or Introduction to Recent American History
Area III: Laboratory Science Course 1 4
EDUC 204 Foundations of Bilingual/ESL Education 3
EDLT 268 Integrating Technology with Teaching 3
Elective Course (See advisor for options) 3
 Total Credits60