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School of Education

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 in minors – early childhood multicultural education, elementary education, special education, secondary education, bilingual education, and ESL – to accommodate students’ passions.

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.

New programs!

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 community organizations, colleges and school districts, now offers stackable credentials, learning modules and MOOCs to help your job and career.

Free online microcredentials to boost your career/job skills.

Job prospects

Good teachers are in high demand across the country. With a degree in education, our students are prepared for work in public and private schools or to pursue a graduate degree.

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 highly affordable tuition rates and small class sizes are just two factors that consistently make New Mexico Highlands #1 in student satisfaction in New Mexico.

Courses in this program are available on the main campus and at Rio Rancho, Santa Fe and Farmington.

Initial contacts and inquiries:

Undergraduate Students: Julia Andrada 505-454-3382

Graduate Students: Jammae Valencia 505-426-2247

ACTP (Alternative Program) Students: Ronnette Ortiz 505-891-6932

Field Office inquiries:

Main Campus: Stephen Weatherburn 505-454-3108

Rio Rancho Center: Janis Taback-Keene 505-891-6927 [msg] Find out more about the Field Office!

Need a little help with funds for school?

Grow Your Own Teacher Scholarship

Applications have closed: Teacher Preparation Affordability Scholarship


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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School of Education



The College of Arts and Sciences provides a challenging, quality undergraduate educational experience that prepares students for personal and professional success in an increasingly complex and rapidly changing world. We educate future professional and social leaders, expand knowledge and create solutions to environmental and social problems, stimulate creativity in the arts, and prepare literate and responsible citizens.