Teacher Certification in Special Education

These programs facilitate achievement of the New Mexico Public Education Department’s entry-level teacher competencies. The competencies align with the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education’s (NCATE) standards, recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) standards. Through these certification programs, qualified individuals can complete course work in early childhood, elementary, secondary, or special education. Upon successful completion of one of the aforementioned programs and required state exams, candidates are eligible to apply for level-one provisional teaching licenses.

Admissions Requirements:

To qualify for the Teacher Academy Certification Program, the New Mexico Public Education Department requires the following: Bachelor’s degree and, if seeking licensure in secondary education, 30 semester hours of credit in a particular field that pertains to the licensure sought; or Master’s or Doctorate degree including 12 semester hours of graduate credit in a particular field that pertains to the secondary licensure area sought.

Admission to the Teacher Academy also requires:

  • Passing scores on the Basic Skills portion of the New Mexico Teacher Assessment (NMTA). For information, visit www.nmta.nesinc.com or call 413-256-2884.
  • Completion of the SFCC admissions application.
  • Successful completion of EDUC 201A: Orientation to the Teaching Profession and EDUC 201B: The Critically Reflective Teacher. Candidates for early childhood licensure must complete EDUC 250: ECE Profession in New Mexico.
  • Completion of the Teacher Academy application packet, including official college transcripts and three professional reference forms

Call 505-428-1256 for a packet or visit our website at https://www.sfcc.edu/programs/teacher_education/teacher_certification to download general information and application packets.

Class Requirements


EDUC 203        Curriculum and Assessment (3)

EDUC 204        Effective Teaching (3)

EDUC 205        Fundamentals of Reading Instruction (3)

EDUC 208        Exceptionalities and Placement (3)

EDUC 209         Evaluation and IEP Process/

Documentation (3)

EDUC 213         Reading for Special Learners (3)

EDUC 214         Supervised Field Experience (3)


The following courses are prerequisites for acceptance into the special education program unless transcripts demonstrate equivalent course work:

EDUC 201A     Orientation to the Teaching Profession (1)

EDUC 201B     The Critically Reflective Teacher (2)

[and ]

EDUC 202        Theories of Teaching and Learning (3)


NOTE: See First-Year Student Success Course Requirement on Page 8.