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Special Education (Pre K–12) and Elementary Education (K–8) Dual Licensure Program

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).

Special Education M.A. Program

The Special Education Program at the, University of New Mexico (UNM), offers graduate work leading to the Master of Arts (MA) to qualified students. The MA student may choose from two concentrations: Concentration I, Mental Retardation and Severe Disabilities: Studies in Educational Equity for Diverse Exceptional Learners (which includes mental retardation, severe disabilities, autism, severe psychiatric disabilities, intensive communication needs, cultural and linguistic diversity, and inclusive education); and Concentration II, Learning and Behavioral Exceptionalities: Studies in Instruction, Curriculum, Collaboration, and Transition of Diverse Learners (which learning disabilities, emotional & behavioral disorders, bilingual/multicultural, early childhood, gifted/twice exceptional and secondary transition). The degree program can also lead to teacher licensure in special education if the student requests that option early in the program.

Concentration I: Intellectual Disabilities and Severe Disabilities: Studies in Educational Equity for Diverse Exceptional Learners
Concentration II: Learning and Behavioral Exceptionalities: Studies in Instruction, Curriculum, Collaboration and Transition of Diverse Learners

Special Education Ph.D. and Ed.D

Certificate Programs