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Teacher Education - School of Business and Education

Associate in Arts (AA)

About the Program

Few careers are as rewarding as teaching and teachers are in demand, especially in the areas of bilingual and special education, high school math and science, and English as a second language. If you have an interest in helping people and your community, then a teacher education degree might be right for you.

The Santa Fe Community College teacher education program is designed to prepare you to go on to a university and earn a bachelor's degree in elementary, bilingual and special education, language arts, social studies and foreign language, or math, science and physical education. The courses are patterned after the lower-division courses at universities so you'll get the required general education courses, plus core requirements relating to all three areas of specialization.

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Teacher Education

Career Opportunities:

  • Adult education
  • Tutoring
  • Coaching
  • Curriculum
  • Education administration
  • Student affairs

Students who anticipate transferring to one of the New Mexico's public universities and majoring in education should follow this module of lower division courses. This module addresses the various teaching specialization areas offered at universities. Regardless of course equivalencies in transfer, students must complete the minimum number of upper division credit hours required at the receiving institution. Students who successfully complete this preparatory curriculum for teacher education are strongly advised to take the New Mexico Teacher Assessment (NMTA) of Basic Skills and General Knowledge before transferring to a university. Admission to most teacher education programs requires successful completion of the Basic Skills portion of the NMTA.

Specialization 1 - Elementary, Bilingual, and Special Education
Specialization 2 - Language Arts, Social Studies, and Foreign Language
Specialization 3 - Math, Science, and Physical Education

Prior to transferring into the selected specializations at the university level, students are required to complete a minimum of 68 credit hours in the AA degree. This program combines the core requirements of the three specializations making note of specific module requirements in the area of Math (*). It is recommended that students consult SFCC advisers to assess and determine fulfillment of SFCC course prerequisite requirements.
Students must work closely with their transfer institutions and their SFCC advisers to assure the best transition to 4-year schools.

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