Gateways for Initial Licensure Programs: Progressing through the SOE

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Educator Preparation Handbook

Gateways for Initial Licensure Programs

The School of Education offers programs that prepare candidates to apply for a New Mexico teaching license upon completion of the program.

Three gateways are used to assess and guide students through their program:


1st Year Pre-Admission to SOE

Complete Core Curriculum, Extended Core in Education, and Field Base I

Minimum GPA: 2,75

Take and pass the NES Essential Academic Skills Subtests I, II, III
Junior Gateway Alpha

Admission to SOE

Unlocks: Field Base II, All SOE Content Courses

Complete Field Base II and all Major and Minor Content Courses with “B” or better

Take and pass Content Exams

Elementary majors attempt Reading Exam

Senior Gateway Beta

Admission to Field Base III (Student Teaching)

Unlocks: Field Base III

Complete Field Base III Develop Student Teaching Portfolio
Graduate Gateway Gamma

Program Complete!

Gateway Alpha (Program Entry into the School of Education)

Students who wish to enter the School of Education must complete the following:

  • Complete the university core curriculum to include:
    • 9 hours in communication
    • 8 hours in science
    • 9 hours in humanities and fine arts
    • 9 hours in social/behavioral science
    • 6 hours in mathematics
    • 2 hours PE
    • 8 hours modern language
    • 3 hours computer science
  • National Evaluation Series (NES) Essential Academic Skills (Subtests, I, II, III) passing score;
  • Overall GPA of at least 2.75 (based on a minimum of 24 credit hours);
  • A “C” grade or better in:
    • All programs but Early Childhood:
      • GNED 201- Introduction to Teaching
      • GNED 251- Field Base I
      • SPED 214- Introduction to Special Education
      • English 112- Composition
    • Early Childhood:
      • ECME 300- Professionalism: Early Childhood
      • English 112- Composition
  • Writing Assignment: Philosophy of Education from writing prompt
  • Declare major/minor in education
  • Federal Background Check

Once all the above are completed, students must complete an application to the School of Education.

Gateway Beta (Admission to Clinical Practice: Student Teaching)

Students who wish to begin student teaching (Field Base III) must complete the following:

  • Admitted to SOE (Gateway Alpha)
  • Passing Score on NES Content Knowledge exam(s) for your program
  • Elementary Education majors: NES Essential Components of Reading attempt
  • “B” or better in all content courses
  • All major course requirements
  • Philosophy of Education
  • Background check and fingerprints
  • Liability insurance
  • Acceptable dispositions scores

Once all the above are completed, students must complete an application to student teaching.

Gateway Gamma (Program Completion)

Students who wish to complete the program must complete the following:

  • Successful development of a student teaching portfolio with an overall rating of 3 on a 4 point scale, rated by University Supervisor and at least one other faculty
  • Observation rating of at least 3 on a 4 point scale from both the university supervisor and cooperating teacher by the final classroom observation
  • Dispositions rating of at least 3 on a 4 point scale from both university supervisor and cooperating teacher