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. 


Contact and Advising Information

Information about the associate of arts in elementary education program is available from Advisement Center at 505.925.8560 or vcadvise@unm.edu, 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 FYEX 1110 or equivalent – or place into ENGL 1110;

ACCUPLACER/ACT Minimum Scores: 263+/19+

Course: MATH 100 and MATH 1996 – or place into MATH 1215 or MATH 1215X;

ACCUPLACER/ACT Min. Scores: 244+ (QRAS)/20


Degree Requirements

Writing and Speaking (6 credits)
ENGL 1120 (Composition II) 3
3
Select an additional course from COMM 1130, ENGL 2120, ENGL 2210, or PHIL 1120.
*Students who do not place into ENGL 1120 may apply the credit hours from the prerequisite ENGL 1110 (or its equivalent ENGL 1110 Y or Z) to help fulfill the Student Choice area requirements below.
Mathematics and Statistics (3 credits)
MATH 2118 (Mathematics for Elementary and Middle School Teachers III)3
Physical and Natural Sciences (4 credits)
4
Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Physical and Natural Sciences. Recommended: NTSC 1110, NTSC 1120, or NTSC 2110.
Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 credits)
3
Select one course from ANTH 1115, ANTH 1140, ECON 2110, ECON 2120, POLS 1140, POLS 1120, POLS 2130, PSYC 1110, or SOCI 1110.
Humanities (3 credits)
HIST 1150 (Western Civilization to 1648) or HIST 1160 (Western Civilization post 1648)3
Second Language (3 credits)
3
Select one course from the UNM core curriculum in Second Language. SPAN 1110 or 1120 is recommended.
Arts and Design (3 credits)
3
Select one course from MUSC 1130, MUSC 2410*, ARTH 1120, ARTE 2214*.
*UNM-Main courses. ARTE 2214 is considered a UNM core course in the College of Education only. It is the preferred art class for the BS in elementary education degree.
Student Choice (6 credits)
6
Select two additional General Education courses from the areas above. Students who do not place into ENGL 1120 may apply the credit hours from the prerequisite ENGL 1110 (or its equivalent ENGL 1110 Y or Z) to help fulfill this area.
Elementary Education Core Requirements (21 credits)
LING 2110 (Introduction to the Study of Language and Linguistics or ENGL 2110 (Traditional Grammar)3
COMM 1130 (Public Speaking) or COMM 2150 (Communication for Teachers)3
MATH 1118 (Mathematics for Elementary and Middle School Teachers I)3
MATH 2115 (Math for Middle School Teachers) 3
HIST 1110 (US History I)3
HIST 2110 (US History II)3
HIST 2110 (Survey of New Mexico History)3
Elementary Education Elective Requirements (9 credits)
Select three courses that align with your teaching concentration area. Concentration area options are: Language Arts, Science, Mathematics, and Social Studies.
Total required (61 credits)