Alternative Licensure Programs (ALP)

The Alternative Licensure Program (ALP) is accredited by the New Mexico Public Education Department, and nationally accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and is eligible for review by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) in 2023.  The ALP is a post graduate program for individuals who already hold a degree (bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate) from a regionally accredited college or university.  Students select a program of studies that lead to licensure in Elementary Education, Secondary Education, or in Special Education upon successful completion of the program and passing scores on the required State of New Mexico Teacher Assessments.

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.