Secondary Education

The emphasis of the secondary education program is to prepare teachers to facilitate learning for students in grades 7–12.

This content based program provides extensive field experiences that guide pre-service students toward mastery of the following competencies:

  • Professionalism
  • Instructional planning and implementation
  • Classroom management
  • Assessment
  • Technology
  • Diversity
  • Family and community
  • Inclusion
  • Development of the student
  • Communication
  • Motivation

View the New Mexico Public Education Department's regulations for the above listed competencies.

All instructors have a wealth of public school teaching and extracurricular experiences that blend theory and practice in providing positive student learning experiences.

All advisors are full-time faculty in their area of expertise. They check student progress using multiple methods to assess student work.

Methods courses focus on the individual and developmental needs of children and integrate issues for diversity and students with disabilities.

The program incorporates use of technology in classroom instruction.

Students must choose at least one major field from the following list. Students may also choose a minor field from this list.

Major Fields Minor Fields
Biology Bilingual Education
Business Education Business Education
Chemistry English
English Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Family and Consumer Science Family and Consumer Science
Geology History
History Modern Languages
Mathematics Music Education
Music Education Natural Science
Physical Education (K–12) Physical Education
Social Studies Psychology
Vocational Agriculture Spanish


Students are encouraged to maintain dual advisement in their major field of study and their secondary professional education. This program is available as a minor only.

New Mexico Licensure: 7–12

Since you must major in a particular discipline, there is no degree plan for Secondary Education available online. Please contact one of the advisors listed below for further assistance.


Alan Garrett
Cheri Quinn
Janet Roehl