Secondary Education Alternative Licensure - Graduate Certificate

The NMSU Secondary Education Alternative Licensure program aims to recruit highly qualified individuals who have earned at least a bachelor's degree in a related field and are eligible for a temporary two-year alternative license in the State of New Mexico. We seek individuals who will have dramatic impact on the social. cultural, emotional, and intellectual growth of youth with whom they will work throughout their career.

Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements and submit the required documentation for consideration:

  • 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 (12 upper division) with a minimum 2.75 cumulative undergraduate GPA.
  • Passing scores forPraxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators (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 the teaching field for each year of employment.
  • Admission to the School of Teacher Preparation, Administration, and Leadership in the College of Education.
  • Admission to the NMSU Graduate School
Prefix Title Credits
Required Courses
EDUC 515Multicultural Education3
EDUC 518Technology and Pedagogy3
EDUC 505Classroom Management3
or EDUC 530 Exploration in Education
Choose one from the following (based on content area):3
Teaching Language Arts at the Middle and High School Level3
Teaching Social Studies at the Middle and High School Level3
Teaching Mathematics at the Middle and High School Level3
Teaching Science at the Middle and High School Level3
RDG 514Content Area Literacy3
SPED 500Introduction to Special Education in a Diverse Society3
Total Credits18

All licensure courses are eligible for transfer into a regular TPAL master's program.

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

  • Complete and maintain a 3.0 minimum GPA in all courses throughout the program
  • Complete two full consecutive semesters of observation by a University Supervisor with a fee for each semester
  • Pass Praxis® Content Assessment (choose from list)
  • Pass Praxis® Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12