Skip to main content
Secondary Education

Secondary 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 7th through 12th grade teachers. Applicants need a minimum of 26 credit hours and a 2.5 overall GPA for admission to the UNM College of Education. All courses offered are accepted by the UNM College of Education and apply toward a bachelor's degree with teacher licensure for secondary 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 Secondary Education enables students to obtain either a bachelor of science in Education, or a bachelor in arts in Education upon transfer to a 4-year institution. The Secondary Education program offers opportunities for students seeking a teaching license (7th through 12th grade) and experienced teachers interested in a scholarly study of their practice.


Information about the associate of arts in secondary 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 of 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 120 and MATH 106 – or place into MATH 121;

Credit Hours: 3 and 1; ACCUPLACER/ACT Minimum Scores: 37-68 (College-Level Math)/22

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 CJ 220 (Communication for Teachers)3
LING 101 (Introduction to the Study of Language) or ENGL 240 (Traditional Grammar)3
Mathematics (6 credits)
MATH 101 and 102 and 103 (Intermediate Algebra Parts I, II and III) or MATH 120 (Intermediate Algebra)3
STAT 145 (Introduction to Statistics)3
Physical and Natural Sciences (12 credits)
Select four courses from ASTR 101/101L, BIOL 110/112L, BIOL 201L, 202L, BIOL 123/124L, CHEM 111L, CHEM 121/123L, CHEM 122/124L, EPS 101/105L, EPS 201L, EPS 250, NTSC 261L, NTSC 262L, NTSC 263L, (NTSC courses recommended), PHYC 151/151L, or PHYC 152/152L. Must include at least one lab.
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)
ARTH 101 (Introduction to Art)3
MUS 139 (Music Appreciation)3
Foreign Language (3 credits)
SPAN 101 (Elementary Spanish I) or SIGN 201 (Introduction to Signed Language)3
Core requirements (4 credits)
EDUC 124 (Introduction to Computers for Educators) or MATH 193 (Topics in Mathematics)1
EDUC 183 (Introduction to Education in New Mexico) or ETSS 2903
These courses are not required for acceptance to the UNM College of Education or for licensure.
Total required (61 credits) Students transferring to UNM-Main or other 4-year institutions should be aware that core curriculum requirements are not necessarily met upon completion.