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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 also offer a range of specialized majors and minors – early childhood multicultural education, elementary education, special education, secondary education, bilingual education, and ESL – to accommodate students’ passions.

For more information about the program, contact Becky Kappus, Ph.D. at 505-454-3535 or Ronnette Ortiz at (505) 891-6932.

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.