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BA in Early Childhood Multicultural Education: Age 3 to Grade 3

The early childhood multicultural education program is a four-year, or 67-hour, Bachelor of Arts degree. The program prepares classroom teachers and other professionals to work with children from Age 3 to Grade 3. 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: 68 credit hours

ECME 300 Professionalism (2)
ECME 301 Health, Safety and Nutrition (2)
ECME 302 Child Growth, Development and Learning (3)
ECME 303 Family and Community Collaboration (3)
ECME 304 Curriculum Development Implementation: Birth – Age 4 (3)
ECME 305 Guiding Young Children (3)
ECME 306 Curriculum Development and Implementation: Age 3 – Grade 3 (3)
ECME 315 Introduction to Language, Literacy and Reading (3)
ECME 328 Assessment of Children and Evaluation of Programs 1 (3)
ECME 403 Family, Language and Culture (3)
ECME 411 Teaching and Learning Reading and Writing (3)
ECME 413 Teaching and Learning Math and Science (4)
ECME 414 Teaching and Learning Social Studies (3)
ECME 420 Research in Child Growth, Development and Learning (3)
ECME 428 Assessment of Children and Evaluation of Programs 2 (3)
ECME 482 Young Children with Diverse Abilities (3)
RDED Reading Elective Credits (3)
GNED 445 Knowledge of the Profession (3)

Field Experience and Practicums: 15 credit hours

ECME 332 Practicum Curriculum Develop and Play: Birth – Age 4 (2)
ECME 334 Practicum Curriculum Develop and Play: Age 3 – Grade 3 (2)
ECME 415 Teaching and Learning Practicum (2)
ECME 452 Early Childhood Education Student Teaching (9)

Major Total: 68 credit hours
Education Required Core: 57 credit hours
Degree Total: 125 hours

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 National Evaluation Systems (NES) Assessment of Academic Skills to be approved for student teaching. Licensing for early childhood education teaching in the State of New Mexico requires passing the National Evaluations Systems (NES) Assessment of Academic Skills and the New Mexico Teacher Assessment (NMTA) Teacher Competency in Early Childhood Education examination.


BA in Early Childhood Multicultural Education- Birth to Age 4

The early childhood multicultural education program is a four-year, or 62-hour, Bachelor of Arts degree. The program prepares classroom teachers and other professionals to work with children from Birth to Age 4. 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 Birth to Age 4 in the public schools Pre-K and the early childhood special education, or developmentally delayed, preschool classroom, and home visitation programs. Students majoring in early childhood education are not required to take a minor.

Professional Education: 63 credit hours

ECME 300 Professionalism (2)
ECME 301 Health, Safety and Nutrition (2)
ECME 302 Child Growth, Development and Learning (3)
ECME 303 Family and Community Collaboration (3)
ECME 304 Curriculum Development Implementation: Birth – Age 4 (3)
ECME 305 Guiding Young Children (3)
ECME 306 Curriculum Development and Implementation: Age 3 – Grade 3 (3)
ECME 315 Introduction to Language, Literacy and Reading (3)
ECME 328 Assessment of Children and Evaluation of Programs 1 (3)
ECME 403 Family, Language and Culture (3)
ECME 417 Emergent Literacy (3)
ECME 420 Research in Child Growth, Development and Learning (3)
ECME 424 Integrated Curriculum: Birth – Age 4 (4)
ECME 431 Advanced Caregiving for Infants and Toddlers (3)
ECME 482 Young Children of Diverse Abilities (3)
GNED 445 Knowledge of the Profession (3)

Field Experience and Practicums: 15 credit hours

ECME 332 Practicum Curriculum Develop and Play: Birth – Age 4 (2)
ECME 334 Practicum Curriculum Develop and Play: Age 3 – Grade 3 (2)
ECME 425 Integrated Curriculum Practicum (2)
ECME 452 Early Childhood Education Student Teaching (9)

Major Total: 63 credit hours
Education Required Core: 57 credit hours
Degree Total: 120 hours

This major does not require a minor. The degree total may be exceeded if proficiency courses are needed.

Minor in General Science for Elementary School Teachers

The purpose of the minor is to provide elementary school teachers in training with a strong background in a variety of concepts in life science, physical science, and earth and space science. Students should consult with an adviser early in their academic career to select the appropriate courses and avoid possible problems with prerequisites or scheduling. Not all of the 300- or 400- level classes are offered every semester or even every year. The objectives of the general science minor are to:

  • Provide pre-service elementary teachers with a program that will adequately prepare and encourage them to teach the most fundamental science concepts to students at the elementary school level.
  • Broaden the scope of science to elementary school teachers in training, so they will be well versed in all aspects of science allowing them to develop methods in which to relay the content material to their students so that the students can fully understand the concepts. This minor does not satisfy the Secondary School endorsement requirements (grades 7-12) for the State of New Mexico.

BA in Early Childhood Multicultural Education- Birth to Age 4: Non-licensure

The early childhood multicultural education program has a four-year, or 62-hour, Bachelor of Arts degree. The program prepares classroom teachers and other professionals to work with children from Birth to Age 4. 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. Students majoring in early childhood education are not required to take a minor.

Professional Education: 63 credit hours

ECME 300 Professionalism (2)
ECME 301 Health, Safety and Nutrition (2)
ECME 302 Child Growth, Development and Learning (3)
ECME 303 Family and Community Collaboration (3)
ECME 304 Curriculum Development Implementation: Birth – Age 4 (3)
ECME 305 Guiding Young Children (3)
ECME 306 Curriculum Development and Implementation: Age 3 – Grade 3 (3)
ECME 315 Introduction to Language, Literacy and Reading (3)
ECME 328 Assessment of Children and Evaluation of Programs 1 (3)
ECME 403 Family, Language and Culture (3)
ECME 417 Emergent Literacy (3)
ECME 420 Research in Child Growth, Development and Learning (3)
ECME 424 Integrated Curriculum: Birth – Age 4 (4)
ECME 431 Advanced Caregiving for Infants and Toddlers (3)
ECME 482 Young Children of Diverse Abilities (3)

Elective Credits (13)

Field Experience and Practicums: 15 credit hours

ECME 332 Practicum Curriculum Develop and Play: Birth – Age 4 (2)
ECME 334 Practicum Curriculum Develop and Play: Age 3 – Grade 3 (2)
ECME 425 Integrated Curriculum Practicum (2)

Major Total: 63 credit hours
Education Required Core: 57 credit hours
Degree Total: 120 hours

This major does not require a minor. The degree total may be exceeded if proficiency courses are needed.


General Science for Secondary School Teachers: Major in General Science for Secondary Teachers (BA)

The purpose of the major is to provide 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 the fundamental understanding of both physical and life sciences. Courses will be selected from biology, geology, chemistry, computer science, and physics. The objectives of the general science major are to:

1) Provide science teachers in training with a multidisciplinary program that will adequately prepare them to teach the science courses expected in middle school and high school science programs.

2) Prepare science teachers to develop each of the competencies required by the State Board of Education for licensure in science education

Students must complete the NMHU Core Curriculum requirements, which should include a minimum of Math 140 and eight credits from the lab sciences listed below. Math 211 and Math 160 are required for the BS rather than a BA degree. The BS degree is recommended for students preparing to teach high school.

Required core: 49 credit hours

BIOL 211 General Biology 1 (4)
BIOL 212 General Biology 2 (4)
CHEM 211 General Chemistry 1 (3)
CHEM 212 General Chemistry 2 (3)
CHEM 215 General Chemistry Lab 1 (2)
CHEM 216 General Chemistry Lab 2 (2)
CS 144 Introduction to Computer Science (3)
GEOL 101 Survey of Earth Science (4)
GEOL 202 Earth Histories (4)
BIOL 420 Teaching Science and Math in Secondary School (3)

Choose one set from the following:

PHYS 151 Algebra Physics 1 (4)
PHYS 152 Algebra Physics 2 (4)
OR
PHYS 291 Calculus Physics 1 (5)
PHYS 292 Calculus Physics 2 (5)

Choose one of the following:

BIOL 359 Fundamentals of Lab Safety (1)
CHEM 359 Fundamentals of Lab Safety (1)

Total Core: 43 credit hours

Electives: 16 credit hours

With the advice of a science adviser, select at least one course from each of biology, chemistry and geology for a minimum of 16 credits above the 300 level. In addition the student must undertake a minor in secondary education. Students must fulfill requirements for entrance to teacher preparation and licensure. Please refer to the School of Education for details.

Major Total: 59 credit hours


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: 29 credit hours

ECME 300 Professionalism (2)
ECME 301 Health, Safety and Nutrition (2)
ECME 302 Child Growth, Development and Learning (3)
ECME 303 Family and Community Collaboration I (3)
ECME 304 Curriculum Dev Play: Birth – Age 4 (3)
ECME 305 Guiding Young Children (3)
ECME 306 Curriculum Dev Implementation: Age 3 – Grade 3 (3)
ECME 315 Introduction to Language, Literacy and Reading (3)
ECME 328 Assessment of Children and Evaluation of Programs I (3)
ECME 332 Practicum Dev Play: Birth – Age 4 (2)
ECME 334 Practicum Curriculum Dev: Age 3 – Grade 3 (2)

Minor Total: 29 credit hours

 


BA in Math and Computer Science for Secondary School Teachers

This major requires a core of courses from mathematics and computer science. Graduates of the program will be equipped to teach both mathematics and computer science in secondary schools. The purpose of the major is to provide secondary school teachers in training with a fundamentally strong background in mathematics and computer science. This will create a greater pool of talent in math and computer science education from which middle and high school teachers can be drawn. The program has been designed to emphasize the fundamental understanding of both mathematics and computer science.

The objectives of the math and computer science major are to:

Provide secondary teachers in training a program that will adequately prepare and encourage them to teach the expected mathematics and computing courses to students in middle and high school math and computer science programs.

Train math teachers to develop each of the competencies required by the State Board of Education for licensure in math education.

Broaden the scope of mathematics and computing to secondary school teachers in training, allowing them to develop methods in which to relay the content material to their students so that the students can fully understand what is being taught.

Provide secondary teachers in training with the background so they can assume responsibility for managing the computing facilities at their school.

Prerequisite courses: 8 credit hours

MATH 140 College Algebra (3*)

MATH 160 Precalculus (5)

*Applies to University proficiency requirement.

 


Minor in Math and Computer Science for Elementary School Teachers (Grades K-8)

The purpose of this minor is to provide elementary school teachers in training with a fundamentally strong background in mathematics and computer science. The objectives of the math and computer science minor are to:

Provide elementary teachers in training a program that will adequately prepare and encourage them to teach the fundamental concepts of mathematics and computing to students at the elementary level.

Broaden the scope of mathematics and computing to elementary school teachers in training, allowing them to develop methods in which to relay the content material to their students so that the students can fully understand what is being taught.

Provide elementary teachers in training with the background so they can assume responsibility for managing the computing facilities at their school.

Prerequisites: 9 credit hours

MATH 115 Math for Elementary Teachers 1 (3)
MATH 130 Math for Elementary Teachers 2 (3)
CS 101 Living with Computers (3)

Required courses: 17 credit hours

MATH 140 College Algebra (3)
160 Precalculus (5)
CS 144 Introduction to Computer Science (3)
CS 145 Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming (3)
CS 245 Advanced Computer Programming (3)

Electives: 12 credit hours

Choose two courses from the following:

MATH 317 Discrete Math (3)
MATH 345 Math Statistics 1 (3)
MATH 406 College Geometry (3)

Any 300- or 400-level math course approved by adviser
Choose three courses from the following:

CS 325 Computer Hardware Install and Maintenance (1)
CS 326 Computer Software Installation (1)
CS 327 Hands-on UNIX (1)
CS 332 Advanced Internet (1)

Any 300- or 400-level computer science course approved by adviser
Choose one course from the following:

CS 456 Internet Services (3)
CS 457 Computer Networks (3)
CS 463 Web Programming (3)

Minor Total: 27 credit hours

 


BA in Elementary Education

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 language 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 National Evaluation Systems (NES) Assessment of Basic Skills, and the NES Elementary Content Exam, to be approved for student teaching. The NES Essential Components of Elementary Reading and the NES Teacher Competency- Elementary exams are required for New Mexico Teacher Licensure.

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.

Prerequisites:

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

Required credits: 36 credit hours

RDED 315 Early Literacy (3)
RDED 411 Teaching/Diagnosis of Reading (3)
ELEM 312 Teaching Elementary School Math (3)
ELEM 317 Multicultural Education (3)
GNED 461 Assessment and Evaluation of Students (3)
GNED 417 Teaching English as Second Language (3)
ELEM 442 Teaching Elementary School Science and 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 Technology 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
Minor/2nd Major/Electives to 120: 21+ credit hours
Degree Total: 120

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.


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 Languages and Culture Department 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 and Culture (3)
OR
ENGL 443 Sociolinguistics (3)
GNED 417 Teaching English as a Second Language (3)
RDED 416 Teaching Reading and Language Arts in the Bilingual Classroom (3)*
GNED 412 Theories and Principles of Bilingual Education (3)
GNED 437 Instructional Methods for Use in Span-Bilingual Classroom (3)*
SPAN 300 Advanced Grammar (3)*
SPAN 433 Civilization and Culture of New Mexico and the Southwest (3)*
SPAN 441 Spanish for the Bilingual Classroom (3)*

*Prerequisites: SPAN 111, 112, 211, 212 (or 101, 102, 201, 202); Corequisite: SPAN 300

Minor Total: 24 credit hours


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 and Ling for Teachers (3)
GNED 412 Theories and Principles of Bilingual Education (3)
ENGL 443 Sociolinguistics (3)
OR
ANTH 461 Communication and Culture (3)
GNED 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

 


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.

Licensing for secondary teaching in the state of New Mexico requires the following: completion of an appropriate academic major in a content field(s) completion of the general education core (54 credit hours). Secondary education minors may add a content-field minor as well. The adviser may assist the student in selecting the content field(s). Students must complete requirements for entrance to the School of Education which include GNED201, GNED251, and SPED214 with a minimum grade of C and pass the National Evaluation Systems (NES) Assessment of Academic Skills. Students must pass the NES Content major exam or exams to be admitted to Field III Student Teaching. The NES Teacher Competency –Secondary exam must be passed for New Mexico Teacher Licensure.

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 and Science of Teaching in Secondary Schools (3)
GNED 444 Technology 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.

Major 32+ hours

Prerequisites: 6

Secondary Minor Total: 28 credit hours
Core requirements: 54 credit hours
Total: 120 credit hours minimum


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 Public Education Department (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. Students must complete the requirements for entrance to the Teacher Preparation 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) or its equivalent
SPED 214 Introduction to Special Education (3)

Required courses: 30 credit hours

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

Major Total: 36 credit hours

Prerequisites for Program Entry: 6 credit hours
Education Required Core: 54 credit hours*
Minor/2nd Major/Electives: 30 credit hours

Degree Total: 120***

*This major requires 6-credit hours of mathematics.

**This major requires a minor, second major or completion of an associate degree. The degree total may be exceeded if proficiency courses are needed.


Minor in Special Education

The minor in special education is available to students completing a teacher preparation (i.e. majoring in elementary education or minoring in secondary education). This minor satisfies University requirements. However, it does not satisfy New Mexico Public Education Department licensure requirements.

Prerequisite: 3 credit hours
SPED 214: Introduction to Special Education (3)

Required: 24 credit hours

SPED 2/434: Practicum in Special Education (1—6)
SPED 401: Diagnosis of the Exceptional Child (3)
SPED 410: Curriculum and Methods for Students with Mild and Moderate Exceptionalities (3)
SPED 420: Curriculum and Methods for Students with Severe Exceptionalities (3)
SPED 430: Reading Instruction in Special Education (3)
SPED 451 Field Base III Teacher Prep Experience: Special Education (6)
SPED 455: Classroom Management in Special Education (3)

Minor Total: 24 minimum credit hours


Minor in Gifted and Talented Education

The minor in gifted and talented education is available to students completing a teacher preparation (i.e. majoring in elementary education or minoring in secondary education). This minor satisfies University requirements. However, it does not satisfy New Mexico Public Education Department licensure requirements.

SPED 412 Foundations of Gifted Education (3)
SPED 414 Instructional Strategies for Gifted Education (3)
SPED 416 Instructional Planning and Curriculum: Gifted Education (3)
SPED 418 Twice Exceptional and Gifted Student (3)
SPED 422 Learning Environment and Social Interaction: Gift Education (3)
SPED 424 Family of Children with Exceptional and Gifted (3)
SPED 426 Ethical Practices: Student w/Exception and Gifted (3)
SPED 428 Achievement Test: Children w/Exception and Gifted (3)

Minor Total: 24 minimum credit hours


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