If you’ve always dreamed of becoming a teacher, rest assured it’s not too late. In New Mexico, if you already have a bachelor’s degree, you can earn your teaching certificate through SJC’s alternative teacher licensure program in just four semesters, taking approximately two classes per semester. What’s more, as soon as you are accepted into our program, you can apply to the state for a temporary two-year Alternative Level A license so that you can begin teaching right away. And since classes are hybrid (a combination of face-to-face and on-line instruction) and are held in the evenings or on Saturdays, you can work full-time while completing your program.
Designed for those who are passionate about becoming teachers, the ALP has three licensure tracks: Elementary Education, Secondary Education or Special Education. Courses are sequenced to cover the New Mexico Public Education Department Teaching Competencies and prepare candidates to meet the state requirements for teacher licensure. San Juan College’s Alternative Teacher Licensure program will help you to prepare for all of the New Mexico Teacher Assessments except the content exams for middle and secondary teachers. Your undergraduate studies should have prepared you for those.
To be eligible for the program, applicants must meet New Mexico Public Education Department and San Juan College criteria for admittance. The San Juan College Alternative Teacher Licensure program is accredited through the NMPED.
We also have an AA degree program for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college in Early Childhood Education. These credentials are aligned with the specific criteria and program outcomes as established by the New Mexico Office of Child Development and New Mexico Teacher Licensure. Upon graduation, you’re prepared to pursue a baccalaureate degree that leads to full teacher licensure. You’ll be able to teach children in public school programs from pre-kindergarten through third grade.
Students intending to transfer or pursue a particular course of study are strongly encouraged to check with their advisor and carefully coordinate their coursework at San Juan College with the requirements of the transfer
San Juan College offers the classes necessary for the New Mexico Child Development Certificate, issued by the NM Office of Child Development. Students interested in this certificate are encouraged to schedule an advising
appointment with Early Childhood Education faculty as they enroll in classes.