Special Education, BSED

College of Education

Program Description:

Recent federal mandates in the areas of special and general education focus on creating school communities where students with diverse abilities learn together. These mandates demand a teacher with exceptional talents. Our Dual licensure Program in Special Education prepares students to be just such a teacher.

The Special Education Dual License Program is based on the belief that all children are valued members in the school community. The Dual License program prepares students to work with a diverse learning population and teaches strategies that are effective for all learners by providing:

  • Diverse learning experiences
  • One-on-support from experienced UNM supervisors
  • Coursework that reflects real-life experience
  • Supportive faculty members who have recent experience in classroom settings
  • Consistent advising from faculty beginning pre-admission through to graduation

Our state-of-the-art preparation is one of the few of its kind in the country that prepare teachers to be effective across the full continuum of educational settings for all students. During the two-year program, students complete coursework to earn a dual major in special education and elementary education while they gain a wealth of classroom experience and effective strategies for all learners. Graduate are eligible for New Mexico licensure in special education (PreK–12) and elementary education (K–8).


Admission Requirements:



FallApril 15
SpringNovember 15



  • B or better in SPCD 201 and SPCD 204
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Passing scores on NMTA Basic Skills test

Application materials and program information can be found at the Special Education Web site, or by contacting the Special Education Academic Advisor (information above). Students are encouraged to contact the Academic Advisor to schedule a meeting with one of the faculty before applying.

Send to Special Education Program (address below):

  • The Special Education Dual License Application Form
  • Letter of Intent stating the reasons for applying to the program, description of relevant experiences, education and career goals
  • One official transcript from each college you have attended. (Exception: UNM transcripts)
  • Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation (We recommend at least one letter come from a college instructor, one from an employer, and one from another professional contact)
  • Documentation of passing New Mexico Teacher Assessments Basic Skills test score

College of Education
Department of Educational Specialties
MSC05 3040
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Contact Information:

Suzie McCalmant-Garcia: Program Advisor

(505) 277-5018