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About the Program

SFCC TESOL and Bilingual Education programs are 12 credit hours and can be earned online, in the classroom or as a combination. Whether online or on site, courses are all taught by certified instructors. SFCC’s Teacher Education Program is state accredited and follows national accreditation standards (NCATE). Teachers must pass New Mexico Teacher Assessment for licensure. Students in the teacher alternative licensure program often return for TESOL and Bilingual certification once they complete their program.

Participants must pass the La Prueba Spanish Language proficiency test before applying for the bilingual endorsement with the NMPED.

Basic Requirements for Admission:

  1. Copy of Level 1 Teaching License or higher

  2. Completion of Bilingual Endorsement Program Application

  3. Official college transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate study (if transferring in credits from another institution)

* These basic requirements are subject to change.

SFCC offers the following bilingual education courses:

  • EDUC 2620 Language Learning and Teaching (3)

  • EDUC 2625 Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (3)

SFCC does NOT currently offer. Must take the following courses at a different institution and will be transferred.

  • EDUC 2610 Intercultural Communication for Educators

  • Introduction to Bilingual Education

Prueba de Español

The New Mexico Spanish Language Proficiency Exam (Prueba de Español) is the test used for persons seeking to add a bilingual education endorsement to a New Mexico teaching license. The Test is administered through a partnership with Eastern New Mexico University. See our Testing Center website for more information.

Please call (575) 562-2315 before choosing a test date. Each date is limited to 30 people. For a description and history of the test, visit