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Teacher Education

The Department of Teacher Education at Northern New Mexico College prepares high-quality teachers to work in multicultural and multilingual settings. We provide theoretical foundations and practical applications that encourage students to think creatively and critically. When seeking a college degree in Education, Northern New Mexico College is an excellent choice.

The Department of Teacher Education at Northern New Mexico College is uniquely situated in a culturally and geographically diverse region. Students can earn associate and bachelor’s degrees in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, and post-graduate students can earn alternative licensure certificates through the Alternative Licensure Program (ALP).

Students earning a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education complete the embedded TESOL endorsement requirements as part of the licensure program. Students also select a concentration in Language Arts, Social Studies, Math, Science or an additional endorsement in Bilingual Education. Students pursing the Alternative Licensure Program (ALP) select between an Elementary Education, Secondary Education, or Special Education licensure.

Please contact us with any questions you may have about our programs at (505) 747-5431 or coe@nnmc.edu


Education has been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in ways unimaginable only a year ago.  The impact has required rethinking how students are educated in the K-12 environment as well as how teacher candidates are educated. Northern New Mexico College has joined efforts with national, state, and community agencies to fight the spread of COVID-19 infections. In order to maximize in providing for the health and safety of staff, faculty, and students at NNMC, all courses in the Department of Teacher Education will be delivered remotely for the Fall and Spring semesters. Plans are subject to changing guidelines from the CDC, New Mexico Department of Health, and our own NNMC experts

Teacher Education Programs & Degrees

Early Childhood Education

Elementary Education

Alternative Licensure (ALP)

Northern offers over 50 bachelor's, associate and certificate programs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math); Nursing and Health Sciences; Liberal Arts and Humanities; Arts, Film & Media; Business Administration; Teacher Education and Technical Trades.
Northern New Mexico College is the most affordable 4-year college in the Southwestern US. Choose us for our value, our quality degree and continuing education programs in diverse areas of study, and our experienced faculty. We provide students with unique opportunities for academic, personal, and professional growth, small class sizes, personalized attention, and strong hands-on experiences from day one.
The Northern Foundation remains committed to stimulate leadership, promote equity, and grow resources and philanthropy in the Española Valley and surrounding rural areas. Over the past twenty years, we have granted $1.3 million to support over 1,250 NNMC students.