Early Childhood Education Alternative Licensure - Graduate Certificate (Online)
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 21-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 (126.96.36.199 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
|ECED Licensure Course Work (online)|
|RDG 550||Advanced Teaching and Learning of Literacy||3|
|ECED 540||Science/Math Curriculum||3|
|SPED 550||Working with Young Children with Special Needs, Ages 3-8||3|
|ECED 520||Seminar on Child Development, Assessment and Well-being of Young Children||3|
|RDG 551||Literacy Development in Early Childhood||3|
|ECED 470||Student Teaching/Seminar Early Childhood||3|
|ECED 570||Play in the Early Childhood Curriculum||3|
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