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Earn your Alternative Teacher Certification


If you’re the type of person who inspires others and likes to make a positive impact, education is a great career choice. For more than a century, New Mexico Highlands University has been the school of choice for generations of students wishing to pursue a teaching career. Our program provides a solid foundation in the latest education methods and hands-on classroom experience. We offer Alternative Teacher Certificate License Programs (ATCP) in three areas: Elementary Education, Secondary Education, and Special Education.

For more information about the program, contact:

Dr. Becky Kappus, Director of the ATCP, 505-891-6906 or beckykappus@nmhu.edu.

Shannalee Henry, Administrative Assistant, 505 891- 6932 or shannalee@nmhu.edu

Graduate Catalog: Alternative Teaching Certificate

Transcripts from all previously attended regionally accredited institutions (3.0 GPA or higher). We will consider those who do not meet the GPA requirement.

Fall term: August 1st

Spring term: January 4th

Becky Kappus, Ph.D.
Director of Alternative Licensure
School of Education
New Mexico Highlands University

Faculty and Staff

Alternative Teacher Certification

Faculty and Staff


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.