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Majors and Minors

Majors and Minors

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Major in Early Childhood Multicultural Education (BA)

The early childhood multicultural education program is a four-year, or 77-hour, bachelor of arts degree. The program prepares classroom teachers and other professionals to work with children from birth to age 8. The program fulfills the NMPED competency requirements which include child growth, development and learning; developmentally appropriate content; learning environments and curriculum implementation; and health, safety and nutrition assessment and professionalism. The program meets the state requirements of teacher certification/licensure for teaching PK to grade 3 in the public schools and the early childhood special education, or developmentally delayed, preschool classroom. Students majoring in early childhood education are not required to take a minor.

Professional Education: 60 credit hours

ECME 300 Professionalism (2)

ECME 301 Health, Safety & Nutrition (2)

ECME 302 Child Growth, Development and Learning (3)

ECME 303 Family & Community Collaboration (3)

ECME 304 Curriculum Development Implementation: Birth – Age 4 (3)

ECME 305 Guiding Young Children (3)

ECME 306 Curriculum Development & Implementation: Age 3 – Grade 3 (3)

ECME 315 Introduction to Language, Literacy & Reading (3)

ECME 328 Assessment of Children & Evaluation of Programs 1 (3)

ECME 403 Family, Language & Culture (3)

ECME 411 Teaching & Learning Reading & Writing (4)

ECME 413 Teaching & Learning Math & Science (3)
ECME 414 Teaching & Learning Social Studies (3)  
ECME 417 Emergent Literacy (3)  
ECME 420 Research in Child Growth, Development & Learning (3)

ECME 424 Integrated Curriculum: Birth – Age 4 (4)


ECME 428 Assessment of Children & Evaluation of Programs 2 (3)

ECME 482 Young Children of Diverse Abilities  (3)  
GNED 445 Knowledge of the Profession (3)  
RDED 411 Teaching/Diagnosis of Reading (3)

Field Experience and Practicums: 17 credit hours
ECME 332 Practicum Curriculum Develop & Play: Birth – Age 4 (2)

ECME 334 Practicum Curriculum Develop & Play: Age 3 – Grade 3 (2)

ECME 415 Teaching & Learning Practicum (2)
ECME 425 Integrated Curriculum Practicum (2)
 ECME 452 Early Childhood Education Student Teaching (9)

Major Total: 77 credit hours

Education Required Core: 57 credit hours*
Extended core: 3 credit hours**
Degree Total: 137***

*This major requires 9-credit hours of mathematics.
**The university requires a 3-credit hour literature course as part of the core requirement.
**This major does not require a minor. The degree total may be exceeded if proficiency courses are needed.


In addition to the above requirements, students must have passed the New Mexico Teacher Assessment (NMTA) Basic Skills to be approved for student teaching. Licensing for early childhood education teaching in the State of New Mexico requires passing the Teacher Competency in Early Childhood Education examination.

 

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Minor in Early Childhood Multicultural Education

Early childhood multicultural education offers an undergraduate minor field that may be selected by students majoring in elementary education, special education or other related fields. Early childhood multicultural education is a valuable specialization field for those intending to work with newborns to 8-year-old children. Additional courses beyond the minor in early childhood multicultural education are required for a teaching license.

Required courses: 26 credit hours

ECME 300 Professionalism (2)
ECME 302 Child Growth, Development and Learning (3)
ECME 303 Family & Community Collaboration I (3)
ECME 304 Curriculum Development & Implementation 1 (3)
ECME 306 Curriculum Development & Implementation 2 (3)
ECME 332 Curriculum Development & Implementation Practicum 1 (2)
ECME 334 Curriculum Development & Implementation Practicum 2 (2)
ECME 420 Research in Child Growth & Development (3)
ECME 424 Integrated Early Childhood Curriculum (3)
ECME 425 Integrated Early Childhood Curriculum (2)

Minor Total:  26 credit hours

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Major in Elementary Education (BA)

Elementary education is offered as an academic major field.  Education students may select a major in education or a dual major in elementary and special education. The major program meets requirements for special education licensure set by the NMPED.  Elementary education majors study such topics as cognitive, physical, emotional, and social development; human relations; instructional planning and implementation, and classroom management, assessment and evaluation. Students also receive training in skills and competencies for elementary subject matter in mathematics, reading and languages arts, social studies, science, and other foundational fields. The program complies with the instructional competencies established by the NMPED for entry-level elementary teachers. Before registering for the required major courses, students must complete the requirements for entrance to the Teacher Preparation Program which include GNED 201, taken in conjunction with GNED 251, and SPED 214. Students must have passed the NMTA Basic Skills Exam, NMTA Elementary Content Exam, and the NES Essential Components of Elementary Reading to be approved for student teaching.

Students may select to major in elementary education.
The following requirements must be completed with a grade of C or better for entrance to the Teacher Preparation Program: GNED 201 Introduction to Teaching (3)
SPED 214 Introduction to Special Education (3)
 

Required credits: 36 credit hours

RDED 315 Reading & Children’s Literature (3)
RDED 411 Teaching/Diagnosis of Reading (3)
ELEM 312 Teaching Elementary School Math (3)
ELEM 317 Multicultural Education (3)
ELEM 361 Assessment and Evaluation of Students (3)
ELEM 417 Teaching English as Second Language (3)
ELEM 442 Teaching Elementary School Science & Social Studies (3)
ELEM 451 Field-Base III Teacher Prep Experience: Elementary (6)
GNED 251 Field-Base 1 Teacher Prep Experience (1)
GNED 351 Field-Base 11 Teacher Prep Experience (2)
GNED 444 Computer Application in Education (3)
GNED 445 Knowledge of the Profession (3)*
*GNED 445 must be taken in conjunction with ELEM 451.

Major Total:  36 credit hours

Prerequisites for Program Entry: 6 credit hours
Education Required Core: 57 credit hours*
Extended core: 3 credit hours**
Minor/2nd Major/Electives to 120: 18 credit hours
Degree Total: 120***

*This major requires 9-credit hours of mathematics.
**The university requires a 3-credit hour literature course as part of the core requirement.
**This major requires a minor, second major or completion of an associate’s degree. The degree total may be exceeded if proficiency courses are needed, or by the credit hour requirements of a minor or second major.

 

 

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Minor in Bilingual Education/TESOL (Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages)

The minor in bilingual education/TESOL offers an undergraduate preparation to instruct pupils bilingually so as to improve their ability to succeed in the public schools. Spanish 111, 112, 211, (or 101, 102, 201) and Spanish 325 are prerequisites for Spanish 433, 441, and GNED 437. Students can consult the faculty in the history, political science, languages and culture disciplines for a test-out option of lower-division courses. Courses listed above do not reflect the sequence in which they should be taken.

Required credits: 24 credit hours

ANTH 461    Communication & Culture (3)
OR
ENGL 443 Sociolinguistics (3)

ELEM 417 Teaching English as a Second Language (3)
RDED 416 Teaching Reading & Language Arts in the Bilingual Classroom (3)*
GNED 412 Theories & Principles of Bilingual Education (3)
GNED 437 Instructional Methods for Use in Span-Bilingual Classroom (3)*
SPAN 325 Spanish for Written Communication (3)*
SPAN 433 Civilization & Culture of New Mexico & the Southwest (3)*
SPAN 441 Spanish for the Bilingual Classroom (3)*
*Prerequisites: SPAN 111, 112, 211, 212 (or 101, 102, 201, 202); Corequisite: SPAN 325

Minor Total:  24 credit hours

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Minor in English as a Second Language (ESL)

The ESL program meets the requirements of the NMPED for an endorsement in English as a second language. The program includes courses offered in the departments of education, English, and anthropology.

Required credits 21 credit hours

Prerequisite/corequisite: Minimum of two semesters of a second language or demonstrated proficiency

ENGL 317 Introduction to Modern Grammar (3)
GNED 320 Language Acquisition & Ling for Teachers (3)
GNED 412 Theories & Principles of Bilingual Education (3)
ENGL 443 Sociolinguistics (3)
OR
ANTH 461 Communication and Culture (3)

ELEM 417 Teaching English as a Second Language (3)
GNED 420 Sheltered English for Content Area Instruction (3)
RDED 315 Early Literacy (3)
OR
RDED 427 Reading in the Content Area (3)

Minor Totals:  21 credit hours

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Minor in Secondary Education

(Teacher Preparation in Secondary Education)
Students who are preparing to become secondary-level teachers must complete a major from the many academic fields offered at the university; some will also select a content-area minor field. (See College of Arts and Sciences section for information.)

In addition, students must undertake a secondary education minor in the university’s School of Education to prepare them for their chosen profession. The combination of courses in the university’s major field and in the general education curriculum provides the necessary subject-matter competencies for secondary teaching. This is best done through early advisement from the School of Education.

In addition to the above requirements, licensing for secondary teaching in the state of New Mexico requires the following:

  1. Completion of the general education core (54-57 credit hours) as well as the university core (one 3-credit literature course). Students must have passed the basic skills component of the NMTA in order to be approved for student teaching.
  2. Completion of an appropriate content field(s). This is accomplished through an academic major. (Secondary education minors may add a content-field minor as well.)  In order to complete a minor in secondary education, students must have 24 credits, including 12 upper-division credits, in a content area, compatible with a subject area taught in the 7-12 classroom. The adviser may assist the student in selecting the content field(s). To plan the selected major, or additional minor, students will meet with their major and minor adviser.

Before admittance into the secondary minor, students must complete the requirements for entrance to the Teacher Preparation Program, which include GNED201, GNED251, and SPED214 with a minimum grade of C.

Students with a content major may select a minor in secondary education.

The following requirements must be completed with a grade of C or better for entrance to the Teacher Preparation Program:

GNED 201 Introduction to Teaching (3)
SPED 214 Introduction to Special Education (3)

Required courses: 28 credit hours

GNED 251 Field-Base I Teacher Preparation Experience (1)
GNED 302 Educational Psychology (3)
RDED 427 Reading in the Content Area (3)
GNED 351 Field-Base II Teacher Preparation Experience (2)
GNED 410 Art & Science of Teaching in Secondary Schools (4)
GNED 444 Computer Applications in Education (3)
GNED 445 Knowledge of the Profession (3)*
GNED 451 Field-Base III Teacher Preparation Experience- Secondary (6)
GNED 455 Classroom Management (3)*
* Taken in conjunction with GNED 451 as a Field Base III block.

Minor Total: 28 credit hours

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Major in Special Education (BA)

Education students may select a major in special education or a dual major in elementary and special education. The major program meets requirements for special education licensure set by the New Mexico PED.

Special education students receive instruction in using evidence-based teaching approaches for students with exceptionalities. Field-base experiences are integrated into the instructional program. Students must complete the requirements for entrance to the Teacher Preparation Program.

Education students may select a major in special education. The major program meets requirements for special education licensure set by the NMPED.

Special education students receive instruction in using evidence-based teaching approaches for students with exceptionalities. Field-base experiences are integrated into the instructional program.

The following requirements must be completed with a grade of C or better for entrance to the Teacher Preparation Program:

GNED 201 Introduction to Teaching (3)
SPED 214 Introduction to Special Education (3)

Required courses: 30 credit hours

GNED 251 Field Base I Teacher Prep Experience (1)
GNED 351 Field Base II Teacher Prep Experience (2)
GNED 444 Computer Applications in Education (3)
SPED 455 Classroom Management (3)*
*SPED 455 is taken in conjunction with SPED 451 as Field Base III block.
SPED 401 Diagnosis of the Exceptional Child (3)
SPED 410 Curriculum & Methods for Students with Mild and Moderate Exceptionalities (3)
SPED 451 Field Base III Teacher Prep Experience: Special Education (6)
SPED 420 Curriculum & Methods for Students with Severe Exceptionalities (3)
RDED 411 Teaching & Diagnosis of Reading (3)
SPED 430 Reading Instruct in Special Education (3)

Major Total: 30 credit hours

Prerequisites for Program Entry: 6 credit hours
Education Required Core: 54 credit hours*
Extended core: 3 credit hours**
Minor/2nd Major/Electives to 120: 27 credit hours
Degree Total: 120***

*This major requires 6-credit hours of mathematics.
**The university requires a 3-credit hour literature course as part of the core requirement.
**This major requires a minor, second major or completion of an associate’s degree. The degree total may be exceeded if proficiency courses are needed, or by the credit hour requirements of a minor or second major.

 

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Dual Major in Elementary/Special Education (BA)

A dual major in elementary/special education is offered. Students complete all the courses required for elementary and special education majors.  No minor is required.

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Major in General Science for Secondary School Teachers (Grades 7 – 12)

This major provides science teachers in training with a fundamentally strong background in the basic sciences. Therefore, a greater pool of talent in the field of science education will be created from which surrounding middle schools and high schools can draw. The program has been designed to emphasize fundamental understandings of both physical and life science. Courses will be selected from such areas as environmental sciences, biology, geology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics.

The objectives of the general science major are:

  • To provide science teachers in training with a multidisciplinary program that will adequately prepare them to teach science courses in middle and high school science programs.
  • To train science teachers to develop each of the competencies required by the State Board of Education for licensure in science education.
  • To provide specialized/advanced training in specific science subject areas of interest to the science teacher in training.

Refer to the respective science department interdepartmental programs for more details regarding this major.

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Minor in General Sciences for Elementary School Teachers (Grades K – 8)

This minor provides elementary school teachers in training with a fundamentally strong background in a variety of basic science concepts of both physical and life sciences. Courses that provide the needed basic understanding of the sciences will be selected from those listed in the major.

The objectives of the general science minor are:

  • To provide elementary teachers in training with a program that will adequately prepare and encourage them to teach the most fundamental science concepts at the elementary level.
  • To broaden the scope of science to elementary school teachers in training so that they will be well versed in all aspects of science. This will allow them to develop methods by which to relay the content material to their students so that the students can fully understand what is being taught.

Refer to science department interdepartmental programs for more details regarding this minor.

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