I Want to Be a Teacher
Welcome to the Teacher Education Program at NMSU's College of Education
Find the best way to earn your teaching license. Paths to Becoming a Teacher
New Mexico State University's College of Education has a distinguished history of preparing teachers for a wide range of classroom settings and grade levels. We offer a full range of bachelor's, master's, and postbaccalaureate teacher certification programs that prepare students to become certified teachers. In addition, the college offers doctoral degrees in Educational Administration, Curriculum and Instruction, Special Education, and School Psychology. The College has been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1961 and is an original member of the Holmes Group, a consortium of research universities dedicated to improving teacher education and the profession of teaching.
NMSU collaborates with more than 40 schools in New Mexico that serve as professional development sites. As a result, students have many opportunities to observe and practice teaching throughout their professional sequence in the majors under the guidance of our accomplished faculty.
Salary and benefits
- Starting salaries for teachers are about 26% higher than average workers wages in New Mexico. Teachers who become principals and administrators can earn even more.
- A 10-month appointment (typically).
- Retirement benefits are better than comparable benefits in other careers.
- Teaching offers many options, including the grade level and subject you'll teach and the type of school you'll work in including public or private, city or suburban, or high-need.