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Graduate Certificate in Elementary Education with K-8 Licensure

Application Deadlines

Summer/Fall Semesters:
Year-Round Rolling Admissions
Application Reviews begin February 1

Spring Semester:
Year-Round Rolling Admissions
Application Reviews begin September 1

The Graduate Certificate in Elementary Education with K-8 Licensure 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.

The Graduate Certificate in Elementary Education with K-8 Licensure is for an individual interested in becoming a teacher and obtaining a K–8 elementary teaching license. A student in this program is one who has a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctoral Degree. Students who complete the Graduate Certificate are strongly encouraged to apply Certificate credit hours toward an MA in Elementary Education.

Coursework & Field Experience

Teaching Methods Courses (Offered Fall, Spring, and sometimes Summer):

EDUC 330L: Teaching of Reading to Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students I 
(3 Undergraduate Credits) PRE-REQUISITE for EDUC 531

  • Not approved for graduate credit but required for licensure.
  • Ideally students should have access to working with children who are learning
    to read.

EDUC *421: Teaching Social Studies K-8 (3 graduate credits)

EDUC *453: Teaching Science K-8 (3 graduate credits)

EDUC *461: Teaching Mathematics K-8 (3 graduate credits)

EDUC 531: Teaching of Reading to Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students II

*Course allowed for graduate credit to students enrolled in a graduate program.

Note: For the most effective teacher preparation experience, these courses should be taken in combination with Field Experience in a K-8 classroom.

  • Faculty strongly encourage you to complete the TESOL Certificate. To do so, 6 credit hours of a foreign language is required. Consider taking those courses during the summer or your first semester of the program.
  • All coursework above is offered face-to-face and online a minimum of 1 time per year.
  • Check schedule.unm.edu for days, times, modes, and locations.

All students admitted to the Graduate Certificate Program must register in Field Services Portal— fieldservice.unm.edu

Proof of a district-specific cleared background check, fingerprinting, and liability insurance are required.

Semester 1 Part-Time Field Experience (Fall or Spring Semesters)

  • EDUC 594: Initial Field Experience (1 graduate credit)
    • Credit for a minimum of 2 full days per week in a K-8 classroom, mentored by a cooperating teacher.
    • Students should begin attending the school with your cooperating teacher on the day teachers begin to learn about the first days of schools and to participate in professional development sessions.
    • Late fees apply for late registration.
  • EDUC 581: Initial Field Experience K-8 Seminar (1 graduate credit)

Semester 2 Full-Time Field Experience (Fall or Spring Semesters)

  • EDUC 595: Advanced Field Experiences (3-6 graduate credits)
    • Credit for 5 full days per week in a K-8 classroom, mentored by a cooperating teacher.
    • EDUC595beginspriortotheUNMSemesteraccordingtoschooldistrictstartdates. Please attend to course start dates and enrollment deadlines.
  • EDUC 582: K-8 Field Experience Seminar II (1 graduate credit)
    • Students should begin attending the school with your cooperating teacher on the day
      teachers begin to learn about the first days of schools and to participate in professional

Contact Information 

For more information about the Graduate Certificate in Elementary Education with K-8 Licensure, please contact Dr. Marjori Krebs, Graduate Licensure Coordinator at gradlicensure@unm.edu.

Application & Requirements

To Apply

Visit www.unm.edu/apply to apply.

Final PRAXIS Licensure Tests Required by the New Mexico Public Education Department for New Mexico K-8 License

  • Teaching Reading: Elementary (5205)—usually taken after completion of both Reading Courses (EDUC 330 and EDUC 531)
  • Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment (5017)
  • Principles of Learning & Teaching: Grades K-6 (5622)

ALL student teachers MUST pass ALL PRAXIS tests listed above to earn a New Mexico Level One Teaching License. Be sure to indicate on your PRAXIS Registration for your scores to be sent to UNM.

To Register for Tests or for More Information

PRAXIS: www.ets.org/praxis/nm/requirements/

Information on the PRAXIS Fee Waiver: https://www.ets.org/praxis/about/fees/fee_waivers

Test Preparation Support

  • UNM College of Education & Human Sciences: coehs.unm.edu/praxis (Free access)
  • Khan Academy: khanacademy.org/prep/praxis-core (Free access)
  • Study.com (Payment required)

Once you complete your Graduate Certificate, you are encouraged to apply to the MA in Elementary Education and determine licensure coursework that can apply to the MA, in consultation with your MA Advisor.

Also, consider completing the 6-week, 9-hour TESOL Summer Institute to earn your TESOL Certificate.

  • EDUC 502: Advanced Instructional Strategies* (*Note: You can work with your advisor to potentially substitute a Methods Class above for this Core Requirement and take another class. Faculty strongly recommend taking a special education course.)
  • EDUC 552: Social Justice in Education
  • EDUC 542: Principles of Curriculum Development
  • RESEARCH COURSE:
    • EDUC 500: Research Applications to Education OR
    • EDUC 513: The Process of Reflection and Inquiry (513 is recommended—Action Research within your own classroom)
  • EDUC 590: Seminar

*You have 7 years to complete your MA Degree from the first course taken that applies to your degree.

Program of Interest

Select: College of Education & Human Sciences > Teacher Education/Educational Leadership and Policy > Elementary Education > Graduate Certificate in Elementary Education with K-8 Licensure

In the “Faculty Member Preferences Box,” instead of indicating a faculty member, please indicate at which campus you will be attending: Albuquerque, Gallup, or Farmington.

Letter of Intent

In your Letter of Intent (1-2 pages in length), you should share your experiences that have led you to become a teacher, your philosophy of education, and characteristics you possess to be an excellent teacher of students in grades K-8. Be sure to include your experiences working with and teaching children ages 5-14, your experiences in multicultural/diverse settings, and your experience with or openness to working with students with special needs.

Style of Letter of Intent

  • Typed single-or double-spaced
  • 12-point font in Times New Roman
  • One or two typed pages in length (no longer than two please)

Resume

Prepare a Resume (1-2 pages in length) that provides us with information about your educational achievements, your employment experiences, and your community and extra-curricular experiences. Please highlight any paid or volunteer experiences in working with children ages 5-14.

Your resume represents you as a professional. Please use the template below in constructing your resume.

  • Name
  • Current Address
  • Preferred Phone
  • Preferred Email

Educational Experiences:

  • Degrees completed (including years) and institutions attended • Overall grade point average earned
  • Any academic honors or scholarships received

Employment Experience:

  • Significant employment experiences, including work with children and/or young adults • Dates and duration of employment (beginning with most recent)
  • Employer’s or company’s name(s)
  • A brief description of the position you held and your major responsibilities

Community and/or Extra-Curricular Experiences:

Please list up to three significant extra-curricular and/or community activities, including any offices held. Please list:

  • Dates and duration of activity (most recent to least recent)
  • The sponsor of the activity
  • A brief description of your role

Special Requirements

  1. If you have taken your New Mexico Licensure PRAXIS Tests (Core Academic Skills in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics), upload your scores under the Special Requirements Tab 1. If you have NOT taken your PRAXIS Tests, please upload a document indicating your PRAXIS test registration date(s).

Recommendations

Provide the names and emails of a minimum of three (3) persons to supply a reference for you. The UNM system will email these persons and request a review of your potential success as a teacher and a letter of recommendation.

You DO NOT upload these letters of recommendation. You provide accurate email information and as stated above, the UNM system will email these persons. Inform your references they will receive an automated email from UNM. Their prompt response ensures a prompt review of your application.