Education - Associate Degree

66 credits

See an Advisor or Program Manager for anticipated curriculum changes in 2017-2018 for this degree.

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 111Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I 13
MATH 112GFundamentals of Elementary Math II 23
Area III: Science
Select three from three departments:12
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
Principles and Applications of Chemistry4
General Chemistry I
Introductory Environmental Science4
Introductory to Geology4
Geography of the Natural Environment
The Great Ideas of Physics4
General Physics I
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences
Select two from two different areas:6
American National Government3
Introduction to Political Science
World Regional Geography3
Culture and Environment
Introduction to Economics3
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Introduction to Anthropology3
Introductory Sociology3
Area V: Humanities/Fine Arts
Select three from the following:9
Roots of Modern Europe3
Modern Europe
Introduction to Early American History3
Introduction to Recent American History
HIST elective
Select two from the following:6
Orientation in Art3
An Introduction to Music3
History of Jazz in Popular Music: A Blending of Cultures3
The World of Theatre3
ART elective
MUSIC elective
Theater elective
Professional Education Core
Select 11 credits from the following:11
Internship in Bilingual Education/ESL1-4
Field Experience I1
Introduction to Education2
Human Growth and Behavior3
Educational Psychology3
Other Course Requirements
COLL 101College/Life Success3
C S 110Computer Literacy3
or OECS 105 Introduction to Information Technology
Total Credits66

Prerequisite: MATH 120 Intermediate Algebra.


Prerequisite: MATH 111 Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I.

Recommended Transfer Options

HIST 261New Mexico History3
LING 200GIntroduction to Language3