Teacher Education 
School of Business and Education

Program Faculty

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. To become a great teacher, it helps to have a great teacher. Faculty in SFCC’s Teacher Education Program are the very best, here to help you succeed in this noble and rewarding profession.

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. Offering a wide range of courses that include field-based teaching observations, orientation to the teaching profession, and theories of teaching and learning, SFCC’s program prepares you for a highly successful career.

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. Sign up for supervised field experience for a hands-on opportunity to expand your educational experience in this program.

Areas of Study (click to expand)

Teacher Academy: The Teacher Academy is a state accredited alternative teacher licensure program for qualified individuals who want to earn a license in teaching.

Bilingual Education Endorsement: This program facilitates achievement of the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) bilingual education teacher competencies and provides a means for NM teachers to add the bilingual endorsement to their teaching licenses. Spanish and English are both used as a language of instruction.

TESOL Endorsement: 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).

TESOL and Spanish Language Institute: Teachers can now earn a TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language) endorsement in as few as two semesters through online courses,  and cultural immersion.

Master of Education Degree — Partnership Between Eastern New Mexico University and SFCC

Teacher Academy students now can get master’s level credits. A recent agreement between Santa Fe Community College and Eastern New Mexico University empowers graduates of SFCC’s Teacher Academy to receive six graduate-level credit hours tuition-free by taking two “bridge” courses. These bridge courses serve to connect students learning at SFCC to the pursuit of a master’s degree at ENMU. The two bridge courses apply to the master’s degree and require that each course be taken concurrently with a tuition-bearing graduate course. Learn more

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.

For more information, please contact Academic Advising, 505-428-1270, adviser@sfcc.edu.

Career Opportunities

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


  • Understanding the teaching profession
  • Oral and written communication
  • Problem solving
  • Understanding curriculum
  • Facilitating group learning
  • Summarizing ideas ›Understanding diversity issues
  • Understanding best practices in teaching and learning
  • Understanding the role, purpose and culture of schools

Santa Fe Community College, Higher Education Center to Close in Honor of Memorial Day

Santa Fe Community College and the Santa Fe Higher Education Center will be closed Monday, May 29, in honor of Memorial Day. No classes or activities will be held and no other student services will be available. The college’s early childhood development center, Kids Campus, and the Witter Fitness Education Center also will be closed.

SFCC will reopen on Tuesday, May 30.