Sep 28, 2023  
SFCC Catalog 2019-2020 
SFCC Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Special Education Teacher Certification (K-12)

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CIP: 13.1001

Teacher Certification Programs

School of Business, Professional Studies and Education, 505-428-1256

These programs facilitate achievement of the New Mexico Public Education Department’s entry-level teacher competencies. The  competencies align with the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education’s (NCATE) standards, recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) standards. Through these certification programs, qualified individuals can complete course work in early childhood, elementary, secondary, or special education. Upon successful completion of one of the aforementioned programs and required state exams, candidates are eligible to apply for level I teaching licenses with the New Mexico Public Education Department.

Admissions Requirements:
To qualify for the Teacher Academy Certification Program, the New Mexico Public Education Department requires the following: Bachelor’s degree and, if seeking licensure in secondary education, 30 semester hours of credit in a particular field that pertains to the licensure sought; or master’s or doctorate degree including 12 semester hours of graduate credit in a particular field that pertains to the secondary licensure area sought.

Admission to the Teacher Academy also requires:

  • Passing scores on NES Essential Skills I, II, III portion of the New Mexico Teacher Assessment. For information, visit or call 413-256-2884.
  • Completion of the SFCC admissions application.
  • Successful completion of EDUC 2105 , and EDUC 2350 . Candidates for early childhood licensure must complete ECED 2250 .
  • Completion of the Teacher Academy application packet, including official college transcripts and three professional reference forms.

Call 505-428-1256 for a packet or download general information and application packets at

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Reflect critically upon their teaching practice for continuous improvement.
  • Demonstrate professionalism.
  • Recognize, address, and value diversity among students and contexts.
  • Demonstrate effective collaboration and communication with students, colleagues, families and community members.


The following courses are prerequisites for acceptance into the special education program unless transcripts demonstrate equivalent course work:

Total 21 Credits

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