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Virginia Padilla-Vigil, Ph.D.
Interim Dean

Victoria D. de Sanchez Teacher Education CenterTEC_Building8592Edit Phone: 505-454-3146
FAX: 505-454-3384


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 the communities they serve.


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

Core Values:

Social justice, reflective practice, diversity, authentic learning, transformation, excellence/quality

Core Value Definitions:

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.

Reflective Practice

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

Authentic learning

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


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.


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

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.