School of Education

If you dream of helping others reach their potential, a career in education may be for you.

Highlands an excellent choice

New Mexico Highlands has been giving teachers real-world skills for more than 100 years – in fact, Highlands began as a teacher’s college! Our affordable tuition rates and small class sizes are just two factors that consistently make New Mexico Highlands #1 in student satisfaction in New Mexico.

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

Courses are available on the main campus and at Rio RanchoSanta Fe and Farmington.

Accreditation for teacher education programs

All of the programs offered from the School of Education undergo a strict accreditation process with State and National accreditation bodies to ensure the highest program quality. By clicking on the link above, you can access publicly available data on the various agencies and entities which accredit our programs.

Job prospects are excellent
Effective teachers are in high demand across the country, particularly in New Mexico. With a degree in education, our students are prepared for work in public and private schools or to pursue a graduate program.

Stackable Credentials, Modules and MOOCs

Free online microcredentials for family caregivers, teachers and high school students!

It’s time to embark on a new education journey! New Mexico Highlands University, in partnership with Northern New Mexico colleges, school districts, and community organizations, now offers stackable credentials, learning modules and free massive open online courses (MOOCs) to help your job and career. Explore the free online microcredentials to boost your career/job skills.

Initial contacts and inquiries:

Undergraduate Students: Julia Andrada 505-454-3382
Graduate Students: Shanalee Henry
ACTP (Alternative Program) Students: Shanalee Henry

Field Office inquiries:

Main Campus: Stephen Weatherburn 505-454-3108
Rio Rancho Center: Janis Taback-Keene 505-891-6927

Find out more about the Field Office!

Center for the Education and Study of Diverse Populations (CESDP)

The Center for the Education and Study of Diverse Populations (CESDP) was established in 1993 under the auspices of New Mexico Highlands University. Our mission is to assist communities in improving the quality of education for students, families, educators and community members; to nurture partnerships with other like-minded organizations, regional schools and districts, and our own state educational agency; and provide sustainable professional learning, leadership, and advocacy in support of students, parents/families, pre-service/in-service teachers, and administrators.

Want to learn more about the CESDP? Email Director Adrian Sandoval.

Partnerships with New Mexico Schools

NMHU’s School of Education has a variety of partnerships with NM public schools. These partnerships offer our students great opportunities for gaining clinical teaching experience and help to improve local educational practices. Learn more about our Regional Partnerships Schools (RPS) and Professional Development Schools (PDS).

Partnership with La Cosecha

The NMHU School of Education has a new partnership! Dual Language Education of New Mexico, founders of the internationally recognized La Cosecha Dual Language Conference, has signed an MOU providing attendees to the conference an option of undergraduate or graduate credit through NMHU.

School of Education Licensure Information

School of Education Licensure Information: State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)


Alumni occupations

Graduates of the School of Education can be found in the following occupations:

  • Teaching
  • Counseling
  • Curriculum design
  • Bilingual education
  • Educational leadership
  • Early childhood education
  • Teacher of English as a Second Language
  • Textbook writing

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