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Elementary Education

Elementary Education
Associate of Arts

Program Description

The program is designed to meet New Mexico state teacher licensing requirements for the first two years of study for prospective kindergarten to 8th grade teachers. Applicants need a minimum of 26 credit hours for admission to the UNM College of Education. All courses offered are accepted by the UNM College of Education and apply toward a Bachelor of Arts in Education with teacher licensure for elementary school teaching. Students may also apply this degree to qualify to work as educational assistants in the public schools.

Career and educational advancement opportunities

General education and core requirements will articulate with all New Mexico colleges of education. Completion of the associate of arts in Elementary Education enables students to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in Education (B.A. Ed). The Elementary Education program offers specialty areas in a number of teaching fields for the preparation and development of the professional educator. The program strives to prepare the very best entry-level teachers for all of New Mexico's children; such preparation is enriched by the diverse, contrastive linguistic and cultural communities of the region. 


Information about the associate of arts in elementary education program is available from Advisement Center at 505.925.8560 or, or the Academic Affairs Office, at 505-925-8600.

Course prerequisites

Students must meet prerequisites in English and mathematics by achievement of minimum placement scores on the Accuplacer or ACT or through completion of course work.

Course: ENGL 100 and UNIV 101 or equivalent – or place into ENGL 110;

Credit Hours: 4 and 3; ACCUPLACER/ACT Minimum Scores: 166+/19

Course: MATH 100 and MATH 193 – or place into MATH 120;

Credit Hours: 4 and 2: ACCUPLACER/ACT Min. Scores: 41-65 (Elementary Algebra)/19

Degree Requirements

Writing and Speaking (12-13 credits)
ENGL 110 (Accelerated Composition) or 112 (Composition II) or 113 (Enhanced Composition)3 or 3 or 4
ENGL 120 (Composition III)3
CJ 130 (Public Speaking) or ENGL 220 (Expository Writing)3
LING 101 (Introduction to the Study of Language) or ENGL 240 (Traditional Grammar)3
Mathematics (9 credits)
MATH 111 (Mathematics for Elementary and Middle School Teachers I)3
MATH 112 (Mathematics for Elementary and Middle School Teachers II)3
MATH 215 (Mathematics for Elementary and Middle School Teachers III)3
Physical and Natural Sciences (12 credits)
Any science course that meets the undergraduate core curriculum in Physical and Natural Sciences will be accepted. Recommended: NTSC 261L, NTSC 262L or NTSC 263L.
Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credits)
Select two courses from ANTH 101 or 130, ECON 105 or 106, POLS 110, 200, PSY 105 or SOC 101.
Humanities (12 credits)
HIST 101 (Western Civilizations I) or HIST 102 (Western Civilizations II)3
HIST 161 (History of the US to 1877)3
HIST 162 (History of the US since 1877)3
HIST 260 (History of New Mexico)3
Fine Arts (6 credits)
MUS 139 or MUSE 298*3
ARTH 101 or ARTE 214*3
*UNM-Main courses. ARTE 214 is considered a UNM core course in the College of Education only. It is the preferred art class for the B.S. in Elementary Education.
Foreign Language (3 credits)
Select one course from the UNM core curriculum in Foreign Language or Sign Language.
Total required (60 credits) Students transferring to UNM-Main or other 4-year institutions should be aware that core curriculum requirements are not necessarily met upon completion.