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Special Education, B.S. Ed

Dual License Preparation: Special Education (Pre K–12) and Elementary Education (K–8)

The Dual License Program prepares pre-service teachers to be teachers and advocates for all children. Pre-service teachers are prepared to work with diverse learning populations where all children are valued members in a school community. Pre-service teachers will be provided with the knowledge and skills that are effective for all learners.

Benefits of being in the Dual License Program:

You will be a part of a cohort group of other students who share a passion for teaching children.

You will receive comprehensive knowledge and skills to work with all levels and abilities

You will receive extensive support to learn how to apply theoretical skills and concepts while you are teaching in a classroom environment from program faculty and your cooperating teacher

The Dual License program is participating in the District Partners Teacher Residencies (DPTR) program. 

Teacher residency is a paid year-long rigorous guided apprenticeship with an experienced co-teacher. Residencies occur in partner Districts or Charter Schools that intend to employ the resident for three years post-residency.

Learn more about DPTR


Layla Dehaiman
Dual License Program Coordinator
Hokona Hall 287

Erin Jarry, Ph.D.
Hokona Hall 138

Clare Stott, Ph.D.
Field Coordinator
Hokona Hall 141

Hart Lewis, Ph.D.
Lead Supervisor
Hokona Hall 150

COEHS Center for Student Success Advisement

Application Deadline

Applications for the Dual License Program in the College of Education are accepted on an on-going basis after the student has completed the requirements for application. 

Application Process

  1. Complete 26 credit hours 
  2. Pass SPED 2210/SPED 2220 with a B or better 
  3. 2.75 GPA 
  4. Complete the Dual License Program application online at 
  5. Letter to Prospective Students (contains application instructions) 
  6. Application materials: 

Mailing Address for Letters of Recommendation:

Special Education Program
Department of Special Education
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

What you can do with an UG degree in SPCD?

  1. Teach special education (pk-12) and elementary education (k-8) in New Mexico public schools 
  2. Work with diverse populations in community programs 
  3. Be an advocate in policy making 

Professional Licensure Disclosure

Our program has determined it meets professional licensure requirements in the state of New Mexico. It has not determined it meets professional licensure requirements in any other state.