At Eastern New Mexico University, we believe that our educator preparation program should prepare highly qualified educators to serve all students and school districts but we do have a special place in our hearts for the rural areas surrounding this rural comprehensive university. As an open admission institution with a significant number of transfer students, faculty and staff across the university work hard to assure that high standards are met when students apply for admission to the College of Education and Technology (CET).
Currently a student must have a 2.80 cumulative grade point average (GPA) upon application for admission to the CET. The student must also present a score of 240 or greater on the New Mexico Assessment of Teacher Basic Skills test.
Additionally, prior to being accepted as a teacher candidate in the capstone experience (student teaching), the student must complete all major, minor and/or endorsement areas with a cumulative GPA of 2.80. Additional testing requirements per licensure area must be completed and successfully passed as well. These are summarized in the chart at the bottom of this page.
ENMU is proud of its teacher preparation program and area school administrators indicate confidence in its programs and its graduates. This is reflected in our long standing NCATE accreditation of both undergraduate and graduate programs. NCATE is a national accrediting body for teacher education programs that has established standards and benchmarks that have been publicly vetted and have been proven over many years to be statistically sound. Unfortunately, not all reports on the state of teacher education schools are produced by recognized accrediting organizations and rely on their sheer web presence, private funding and unproven standards rather than risk either the public scrutiny afforded an accrediting agency or the research standards and assurances of a research organization.
Each year ENMU reports the number of students who have completed its initial preparation programs to both state and federal agencies. Additionally, these students are matched to successful pass rates on the required state tests (see below) through the Title II Report. These results for the past six years are reported below.
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