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Alternative Teaching Licensure

School of Humanities

Inspire Learning

If you’ve always dreamed of becoming a teacher, now is the perfect time. In New Mexico, if you already have a bachelor’s degree, you can earn your teaching certificate through San Juan College’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 online instruction) and are held in the evenings or on Saturdays, you can work full-time while completing your program.

Move to the head of the class

The San Juan College Alternative Licensure Program has three licensure tracks:
• Elementary Education
• Secondary Education
• Special Education

Courses at San Juan College are sequenced to cover the New Mexico Public Education Department Teaching Competencies and prepare candidates to meet the state requirements for teacher licensure. 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.

Get Started

Contact the program coordinator, who can help you embark on a new journey, utilizing your current degree toward an invigorating career that will shape children’s lives.

Download the Alternative Licensure Program informational brochure
Alternative Teacher Licensure Program

SOC Code: 25-2022.00

Program Information

Estimated Tuition $762 -$998 (depending on specialization)

Does not include Books & Fees

Course Length

Four Semesters

Career Information

Median Annual Wages $56,720
Projected Job Growth

Faster than average 5-8% Projected Job Openings

Contact Information

Program Coordinator
Michael Thompson
(505) 566-3442