Elementary Education, MA

College of Education

Program Description:

The COE Elementary Education Program is a rigorous and rewarding academic Program where program faculty, Field Services staff, and COE advisors care deeply about our teacher candidates’ personal and professional development. Each and every individual associated with the program holds dear the profession of teaching. This is why, in addition to our high academic standards, we hold high expectations in the areas of dispositions and habits of mind. We expect all teacher candidates to exhibit ethical, caring, behavior; to work diligently to develop skills that reflect competency in the areas of content knowledge and pedagogy; and to complete the established professional sequence as outlined.

We encourage teacher candidates to actively engage in collaborative efforts with faculty, staff, peers, and cooperating teachers to not only enhance their own development, but also that of their professional learning communities. This includes, for example, attending school site events; participating in program sponsored activities; and being an advocate and ambassador for the UNM College of Education.

We are here to support candidates through this journey, encouraging them to ask questions and seek assistance when needed. COE faculty and staff are committed to addressing our students’ needs and inquiries in an ethical, competent, and timely manner.


Admission Requirements:

Application Deadlines

Summer/Fall semester:February 1 for best consideration. Applications will continue to be accepted.
Spring semester:September 1 for best consideration. Applications will continue to be accepted.


Admissions Criteria

A complete online application must be submitted to the University and to the Department. Admission is based on space availability. For application information, visit the College of Education Web site



Career Opportunities:

 Teachers act as facilitators or coaches, using interactive discussions and “hands-on” approaches to help students learn and apply concepts in subjects such as science, mathematics, or English.  50 states and the District of Columbia require public school teachers to be licensed. In most states a prerequisite for licensure is a bachelor’s degree. Usually licensure is granted by the State Board of Education or a licensure advisory committee. Requirements for regular licenses to teach kindergarten through grade 12 vary by state. 


Contact Information:

Department of Teacher Education
(505) 277-9439
ted@unm.edu