What to Expect

Current San Juan College tuition rates can be found at www.sanjuancollege.edu/tuition

Access to a computer and the internet is essential.

This is an intensive, alternative program designed for adults who are highly motivated to become teachers. The courses are carefully sequenced to cover the Teacher Competencies identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. Participants who complete all courses and program requirements will receive a certificate of completion to accompany their application to the Public Education Bepartment to obtain an Alternative License.

To better meet the needs of our students, we have a variety of styles of courses. Some are totally online, some are a hybrid style (half online, half in person), and some courses are completely face-to-face. Most face-to-face courses will be on Saturdays, some may be on a week day evening; none will conflict with normal school hours. Most courses have assignments that help participants gain experience in schools, such as attending parent-teacher conferences or observing in classrooms. If you are teaching while in our program, you will need to work with your school to arrange your classroom observation course assignments. The Field Experience requires a minimum of 105 hours of experience in the classroom. Program staff will assist participants to engage in school experiences which link course work with practical application.

The Public Education Department issues all teaching licenses. Completion of the San Juan College program of study fulfills the Professional Teacher Education requirement for alternative licensure. (See information sheet “What is Alternative Licensure” and the SDE web page.) The SJC program does not include the Mentoring component (which is through schools for new teachers).

Courses from other education programs will not substitute for courses in this program. Courses from this program may not be accepted by other colleges.

Enrollment is limited and priority for admittance will be given to individuals who need certification for teaching positions in which they are currently employed or are planning to teach in high need content areas.

To receive the certification of completion, participants must maintain an overall grade point average of 2.8 and receive at least a grade of B in the practicum course.

Except for requirements identified in alternative licensure regulations and in SJC’s approved program plan, the Alternative Licensure Program operates under San Juan College policies and procedures as described in the college catalog, student handbook and other publications.

“**The NM Teacher Assessments are given five times per year. The Standardized tests are given in Farmington in November, March and June. Registration is required at least 45 days in advance. Passing the NMTA Basic Skills test is required before acceptance into the Alternative Licensing Program.


For more information, please call Teacher Education/Alternative Licensure at 505-566-3044. Or send an email to altlic@sanjuancollege.edu.