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New Mexico State University
Undergraduate Catalog


Associate Dean • Michael A. Morehead

Associate Dean for Research • Karin Wiburg

Assistant Dean for Budget and Planning • Gladys De Necochea

Director of Education Research and Budget • Wynn Egginton

Undergraduate Advisement Center Coordinator • Margo M. Trevino

Undergraduate Advisement Center Advisers • Jeff Hackney and Deborah Gouldsmith

Bachelor of Arts in Dance

Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training

Bachelor of Science in Education

Majors in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, and Secondary Education with endorsements in Bilingual Education, Business Education, Foreign Languages, General Science, Language Arts, Mathematics, Physical Education, Social Studies, TESOL; Major in Special Education; Major in Communication Disorders

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology


The university's teacher preparation program, which involves several colleges and which is directed by the College of Education, was accredited in 1962 by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. Also, in the College of Education, the Communication Disorders master's program in Speech-Language Pathology is accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and the undergraduate Athletic Training Degree in Human Performance, Dance, and Recreation is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The Physical Education Program is approved by the National Association for Sports and Physical Education. The undergraduate and graduate programs that prepare individuals for licensure to work in public and private schools in New Mexico have been approved by the New Mexico State Board of Education.

The College of Education provides undergraduate students with a broad general education and professional teacher training.

General Requirements

  1. Entering freshman with an ACT score of 17 or lower will be invited to take a study skills class to ensure a successful college experience.
  2. Complete at least 132 acceptable credits, including a minimum of 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above with a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or above.
  3. Students in teacher preparation programs must pass the New Mexico Teacher Assessments Basic Skills test prior to Admission to education courses numbered above 299.
  4. Satisfy the general education requirements. Detailed programs are available in the College of Education Advisement Center. General education requirements will be individually planned for those students with an ACT composite standard score of 25 (85th percentile) or a 1020 SAT score (84.1 percentile).
  5. Students in teacher preparation programs must be officially admitted to the Teacher Education Program. See requirements under Admission to the Teacher Education program and Competitive Admission Process.
  6. Be officially approved for student teaching during the senior year. Requirements are below.
  7. Prior to student teaching, complete teaching field requirements, and pass the Content Knowledge of the New Mexico Teacher Assessments test.
  8. Students must complete all professional education courses and all courses in their teaching field or major with a grade of C or better.
  9. All students, including transfer students, must complete the last 30 semester credits required for the baccalaureate degree on the New Mexico State University campus. The four-year Servicemen’s Opportunity College Program students are not exempt from this regulation.
  10. Each student must possess the academic ability, character, and disposition suitable for teaching. A student who, in the professional judgment of the faculty and staff, does not possess these qualifications may be examined by a Selective Review Committee. The committee may recommend any of a variety of actions, ranging from remedial procedures to withdrawal from the College.
  11. All majors require a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA to graduate, except Communication Disorders, which requires a 3.00 cumulative GPA.
  12. Students with a bachelor’s degree seeking teacher licensure must meet all admission criteria for the Teacher Education Program and be admitted to the Graduate School.

In addition, if faculty at any time determine that a student is weak in a particular skill, the College of Education may require remedial procedures in areas such as mathematics, composition, speaking, or other skills needed for success in public school teaching.

The above requirements are established for those seeking a teaching license. Other programs in the college such as Athletic Training, Physical Education, and Communication Disorders have specific requirements. Check in the advisement office or appropriate departments for program information.

Competitive Admission Process For Teacher Education Program

Applicants who successfully complete the minimum requirements for admission will be reviewed by the Teacher Education Program admission committee. The admission committee will base admissions decisions on applicants’ academic qualifications, written communication, faculty recommendations for the student and the student’s portfolio.

Applicants should be aware that admission to the Teacher Education Program is competitive and is based upon available faculty resources. Posted GPA and basic skills test scores are minimums which are necessary to be considered for admission by the Teacher Education Program committee and do not ensure admittance into programs. Applicants are encouraged to develop a strong student portfolio, achieve the highest GPA possible, and present the portfolio in a professional manner.

Students who are not admitted may not take designated professional education courses numbered above 299. Students with a bachelor’s degree seeking teacher licensure must meet all admission criteria for the Teacher Education Program and be admitted to the Graduate School.

Suggested Program of Study

Requirements of a general nature and for each endorsement are available in the advisement center of the college. It is imperative that students, especially those new to the campus, report frequently to the advisement center to have their programs carefully and continually monitored in line with newly developing requirements.

All students henceforth will pursue a baccalaureate program leading to a Level I Teaching License. All students must work with an academic advisor to ensure a complete program of studies for their specific degree.

College of Education Course Fees

Beginning spring 2007, a fee may be assessed for most College of Education courses, both undergraduate and graduate. The fee will average $30 per course. Funds generated by this fee will be used for expanding and improving field experience programs, internships, and practicums and to better comply with federal, state, and accrediting body standards.

Transferring Early Childhood Education Courses

The following early childhood education courses have been identified as transferable from NMSU to other public two-year and four-year institutions in New Mexico. The equivalent course at other institutions can be identified using the common course number which appears in parentheses below. Similarly, students from other institutions can use the common course number to identify early childhood education courses that can be transferred to NMSU.

ECED 115, Child Growth, Development, and Learning (1113)
ECED 125, Health, Safety and Nutrition (1122)
ECED 135, Family and Community Collaboration (1133)
ECED 245, Early Childhood Education Professionalism (2152)
ECED 215, Curriculum Development and Implementation I (2163)
ECED 220 , Early Childhood Education Practicum
ECED 230, Early Childhood Education Practicum II
ECED 265, Guiding Young Children (2183)
ECED 235, Introduction to Reading (READ 2113)
DANC 204/304, Dance Sport I & II
DANC 205/305, Dance Ensemble I & II
SP M 271, Anatomy & Physiology I

General Education Requirements

  1. Twelve to thirteen credits in English (language arts)
  2. Twelve credits in history, including American history and western civilization
  3. Six credits in mathematics/ 9 credits for Elementary Education students.
  4. Six credits from among the following social sciences: government, economics, sociology, anthropology, geography
  5. Twelve credits in science from among the following sciences: biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy
  6. Six credits in fine arts.

NOTE: General Education requirements were under revision at the time of publication. Students must check with the Education Advising Center for current requirements and lists of specific courses that meet these requirements.


The college offers minors in counseling and educational psychology, exercise science, early childhood and dance. Those interested in the counseling area, with a view to eventually enter this professional specialty should contact the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology for advice.

Cooperative Education Program

Cooperative Education Program students work in public schools while meeting their certification requirements. The possibility of student teaching in an international setting enhances this option. Qualified students may earn financial assistance through this program. For details, contact:

Director, Cooperative Education

College of Education


P O Box 30001,

Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001

Transfer Students

Transfer students will have their transcripts evaluated by the Registrar’s Office and must meet all basic skills requirements, as well as be admitted to the Teacher Education Program through the formal application procedures. (See “Admission to the Teacher Education Program” below.)

Students with Degrees Seeking Certification Only

All students who already have a bachelor’s degree and who are seeking licensure must be admitted through a graduate licensing program. Details are available in the advisement center.

Competitive Admission to the Teacher Education Program

Even though students declare their majors when they enter New Mexico State University, teacher candidates are not officially admitted to the Teacher Education Program until they formally apply and meet the following requirements:

  1. A cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.5
  2. Must complete 55 credit hours
  3. Complete appropriate program prerequisites. See College of Education Advisement Center for specific program prerequisites.
  4. Demonstration of competence in reading, mathematics, and composition by passing the Basic Skills component of the New Mexico Teacher Assessments test.
  5. Submit a portfolio for admission to the Teacher Education Program. The portfolio will be reviewed by faculty. Admission to TEP is contingent on faculty approval. See the COE Advisement Center for further clarification.

Time Limit on Undergraduate Education Courses

Any education course more than seven years old taken at NMSU or at another institution will not be counted toward the student’s undergraduate program. A student may ask for a review of this time limit by the appropriate department. The department head and/or faculty may recommend accepting a course that is seven years old with approval from the Deans’ office. Any course not approved must be repeated by the student.

Withdrawing Students

The College of Education reserves the right to withdraw students who are registered in 300-level or above education classes who are not admitted to the Teacher Education Program.

Admission to Student Teaching

To be admitted to student teaching a student must:

  1. Submit complete formal application to the College of Education Advisement Center by March 9 for spring and by October 9 for fall a year prior to student teaching.
  2. Maintain a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.50 prior to beginning student teaching.
  3. Complete the teaching field requirements and pass the Basic Skills and Content Knowledge tests of the New Mexico Teacher Assessments.
  4. Complete all prerequisites to student teaching (details available from the advisement center).
  5. Students must complete all professional education courses and all courses in the student’s teaching field with a grade of “C” or better.
  6. Admission to Student Teaching is contingent upon faculty approval.

Students who do not meet all College of Education requirements for admission to student teaching will not be allowed to begin their student teaching until those requirements are met.

Student teachers can only be placed within an 80-mile radius of the campus in state.

Student Teaching Expectations

During the senior year, students must keep their last semester free from other responsibilities so that they can devote full time to their student teaching responsibilities. Students should not have any outside commitments that will interfere with their student teaching activities. Students are expected to follow the public school calendar rather than the university calendar. Student teachers should expect to meet all requirements of the school and school district in which they are working.

Licensure Requirements

In the event that state teacher licensure requirements change, students preparing for licensure to teach should keep abreast of the licensure requirements of the State Department of Education. Copies of the rules and regulations governing licensure are available for students in the Advisement Office and the Office of the Dean of the College of Education. College of Education requirements meet or exceed the state licensure requirements. Whenever state licensure requirements are less than College of Education requirements, students must meet the College of Education requirements to receive a degree from or be recommended for licensure by NMSU. The College of Education reserves the right to change its requirements at any time in order to comply with changes in the regulations governing licensure.

Applying for teacher licensure is the responsibility of the student. The New Mexico Department of Education grants licensure.

The State of New Mexico requires that all candidates for licensure take and pass the state license examination. Upon completion of the degree and planned programs in the teaching fields, students are eligible for teacher licensure upon successfully completing the state license examination. The test is administered annually and information is available through Testing Services in Garcia Annex.

Graduate Work

The College of Education offers curricula leading to the degrees of Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Teaching, Specialist in Education, Doctor of Education, and Doctor of Philosophy in education.

Those interested in pursuing graduate degrees in education should consult the Graduate Catalog for full information. A copy may be procured by writing the dean of the Graduate School.