Early Childhood Education Alternative Licensure (Online) - Graduate Certificate

Alternative Licensure

The Public Education Department of New Mexico offers a nonrenewable, 2-year license granted to allow a person to simultaneously teach and complete F2F or online courses at an approved university or community college. The Alternative Educator Prep Program is a focused state­ accredited post-baccalaureate program for obtaining your New Mexico Level I leaching license.

Alternative Licensure Certificate in Early Childhood Education

The College of Education at New Mexico State University offers a 24-credit alternative licensure program in early childhood education for persons who hold at least a baccalaureate degree but have not completed a traditional teacher preparation program. This program is apart of NMSU-Online.
Eligible Participants must:

  • Meet minimum state requirements of at least a bachelor's degree and course requirements of 30 undergraduate credit hours (6.60.3.7 NMAC) in the teaching field with a minimum 2.75 cumulative undergraduate GPA
  • Pass all Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educator (Core): https://www.ets.org/praxis/nm
  • Be hired and submit a copy of a current teaching contract from a school district in New Mexico that indicates the candidate is the teacher of record in grades PreK to 3rd
  • Be admitted to the NMSU Graduate School
  • Be admitted to the College of Education's School of Teacher Preparation, Administration and Leadership
Prefix Title Credits
ECED Licensure Course Work (online)
RDG 550Advanced Teaching and Learning of Literacy3
ECED 540Science/Math Curriculum3
SPED 550Working with Young Children with Special Needs, Ages 3-83
ECED 520Seminar on Child Development, Assessment and Well-being of Young Children3
RDG 551Literacy Development in Early Childhood3
ECED 470Student Teaching/Seminar6
ECED 570Play in the Early Childhood Curriculum3
Total Credits24

All licensure courses are eligible for transfer into a Master's program in TPAL. Field experience, technology and multicultural education are integrated into all coursework.

Other Program Requirements to be completed by the end of the two-year program:

  • Maintain a 3.0 minimum GPA in all courses throughout the program 
  • Teach with a provisional/intern license throughout the program and provide annual verification of continued early childhood education employment at a New Mexico school district
  • Participate in two semesters of observation by a University Supervisor, with a fee for each semester
  • Pass Praxis Early Childhood Education (Age 3-Age 8) exam