Learn the answers to your questions about the Fast-Track Teacher Education Program.

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What are the cohort’s admissions requirements?

Fast-track students must be ready to take ENGL 1110 and MATH 1110 by Fall 2020. The Accuplacer and ACT/SAT scores for these classes are:

  • ENGL 1110: NextGen Accuplacer Reading 257 or higher; WritePlacer 6 or higher; Classic Accuplacer 166 or higher; ACT English 18 or higher; SAT 330 or higher.
  • MATH 1110: NextGen Accuplacer Arithmetic 264 or higher; NextGen Accuplacer Quantitative Reasoning 234 or higher; Classic Accuplacer Elementary Algebra 41 or higher; ACT Math 17 or higher; SAT 390 or higher.
What’s a typical week in the fast-track cohort look like?

Cohort classes are face-to-face and online and are scheduled around EAs’ hours. This past fall, cohort students had this schedule:

  • COMM 2150: Communication for Teachers: Monday/Wednesday, 4:30-5:45 PM, Main Campus
  • PSYC 1110 Intro to Psychology: Monday/Wednesday, 6:00-7:15 PM, Main Campus
  • ENGL 1110 Composition I: Tuesday, Thursday, 4:30-5:45 PM, Main Campus
  • SPED 2110, Intro to Students With Exceptionalities, Online
  • HIST 2110, Survey of New Mexico History, Online
How much does the fast-track teacher education program cost?

The tuition and fees for the teacher education fast track follow CNM’s tuition and fee schedule. Fall 2019 resident tuition, fees, and new textbooks for students in the cohort were $1,234.25:

  • Resident tuition: $672.00
  • Technology/facility fee: $135.00
  • Registration fee: $45.00

New textbooks from CNM Bookstore: $382.25 (used or rental textbooks from the CNM Bookstore were $203.24) 

How long does the fast-track program take?

The fast-track is four semesters long: Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Summer 2021, and Fall 2021. Students will be ready to transfer to a four-year college of education with 60 credit hours in Spring 2022.

I have some college credits already. Is the fast-track program the right fit?

The cohort usually works best for students with fewer than 9 college credits that apply toward the associate’s in Teacher Education with a concentration in Elementary and Special Education. If you’re not sure, please get in touch with Erin Radcliffe about next steps and options. 

What will I have after I finish the fast-track? Do these credits transfer?

Students in the education fast-track earn an associate’s of arts in Teacher Education, with a concentration in Elementary and Special Education. These credits transfer to any four-year institution in the state.

I took dual credit classes at CNM. Do I need to reapply?

Yes. You will need to reapply as a regular student and can do so here. 

How do I start working as an EA?

To start working as an EA, create a profile for APS here and apply for an EA position. If selected by a principal and do not yet have college credits, you may need to take the Para Educator exam, which tests 8th- and 9th-grade Math and English. There is no cost for the exam, and you can take it in the APS Main Office. When you’re scheduled for the exam, you’ll be emailed study materials.

Do I have to work as an EA to be a part of the cohort?

No. Students do not have to work as EAs while in the fast-track cohort. Working as an EA, though, is a great way to gain teaching experience and earn years of service toward retirement!

Do you have scholarships available?

The fast-track program is financial aid qualified. Additionally, CNM has two scholarships for students pursuing teaching licensure: the Teacher Affordability Preparation Scholarship and the Grow Your Own Scholarship. Students may also qualify for the Bridge and Lottery scholarships. 

How can I get ready for online classes?

CNM’s distance learning program offers students taking online classes help and support. Enroll in the DL program’s self-paced jump start class to help you get ready for your online class! Find enrollment instructions and other resources here

I’m interested in the cohort. What are my next steps?

If you haven’t already, apply to CNM and send CNM official transcripts of any college credits you may have. Take the free Accuplacer exam at any CNM Assessment Center (Arithmetic or Quantitative Reasoning and the Reading or WritePlacer exam) or send CNM your ACT/SAT scores. Apply for the fast-track on our Web site. Attend an orientation session and see a Connect coach or Erin Radcliffe to remove your advisement hold. Be sure to complete a FAFSA for the 2020-2021 year.

Note: If you are anticipating being eligible for the Lottery scholarship, be sure to attend an in-person orientation before 8/1 and apply to CNM before 3/31 to be considered for the Bridge Scholarship.

I’m really excited to get started and don’t want to wait till fall. What can I do?

It may be possible to work on classes in Summer 2020 or in CNM’s intersessions to lighten your load for Fall 2020 and beyond. Check with Erin Radcliffe about class options.