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School of Education Undergraduate Programs

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To be a premier school of education that prepares educators, leaders, and counselors as agents of social change who transform the lives of individuals and communities they serve.


We immerse our students in authentic academic and professional settings, providing them with opportunities to bridge theory and practice and to engage in critical reflection that informs action.

Core Values:

Authentic learning

We believe that learning is authentic when the learner is immersed in real-world, meaningful experiences that elicit reflection to inform action and that provide rich opportunities to bridge theory and practice.

Reflective Practice

We embrace critical reflection on self and practice as a way to develop a deep sense of identity and beliefs that ground and continually improve our practices.


We embrace diversity in order to enrich our teaching, research, and advocacy, utilizing a culturally responsive, inclusive, and strengths-based approach that recognizes and builds upon the myriad characteristics of students, faculty, and community.

Social Justice:

We commit to critical reflection on systemic inequities and to action leading to shifts in policies, practices, and structures that create opportunities for all.


We commit to a culture of continuous improvement of quality and excellence in teaching, research, and service through reflective inquiry and innovation.


We embrace our roles as leaders, advocates, and change agents working to transform systems to be more equitable and responsive to the diverse needs of individuals and communities.


Critical Thinking, Reflective Practice, Ethical Practice, Preparation and Commitment, Professional Development, Authenticity and Emotional Intelligence, Social Justice and Cultural Competency, Communication, Collaboration.

School of Education Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Arts programs:

  • Early Childhood Multicultural Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Special Education
  • Elementary/Special Education Dual Major

Minors and Endorsements:

  • Secondary Education Minor
  • Reading Endorsement
  • English as a Second Language Endorsement
  • Bilingual/TESOL Minor/Endorsement


  • Elementary Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Special Education

Gateways for Initial Licensure Programs
Initial programs leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree and making candidates eligible for a New Mexico teaching license include early childhood education, elementary education, special education, and secondary education, a program minor which must be combined with a content-area major.
Program progression is  monitored by three gateways that assess and guide students through the School of Education and teacher licensure. This process will initiate an in-school file for students as they matriculate in the School of Education.