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: Dr. Becky Kappus 505-891-6906

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

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 to improve the quality of education for students, families, educators and community members; to  nurture partnerships with other like-minded organizations, schools/districts throughout the region, 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? You can contact the CESDP by emailing Director Adrian Sandoval using the following link: Email the CESDP.

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).

New Partnership Announced!

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.

HU’s School of Education and its Bilingual Teacher Education Program are on the move!  View our flyer with more details about this exciting initiative!

Look who’s in the news!

Adapting Digestible Program Models for the Modern Learner

Presented by

Roxanne Gonzales | Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, New Mexico Highlands University
Mary Earick | Dean of the School of Education, New Mexico Highlands University
Marthann Schulte | Program Director and Lead Designer of Technology Learning Support Specialists, New Mexico Highlands University


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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