You may never want to leave New Mexico. Beyond the deep red desert in the northwest and the towering Organ Mountains in the southeast, the landscape of New Mexico is infused with the culture of its people. This place, as local Navajo historian Dr. Jennifer Denetdale writes, has been home to generations of indigenous people for millennial. From the peaceful, rural communities of the Navajo Nation and the Pueblo of Zuni, to the small city life of Gallup and Farmington, you will experience a land full of history, stories, hospitality, and adventure.
New Mexico corps members in the Four Corners teach in schools spread out over 13,000 square miles, near the borders of Arizona, Colorado, and Utah. Our placement schools are located mostly in small towns and rural Navajo or Pueblo communities - with populations ranging from 200 to 20,000. Most corps members teach in schools with other corps members and often choose to live together in houses, apartments or teacher housing. There is almost always a support system in place. The best part of living here - the Grand Canyon, Canyon de Chelly, Monument Valley, and Albuquerque are a few hours drive away!
In order to teach in New Mexico, corps members who are not already certified to teach in their content area must be able to obtain a valid Alternative 1A License. To that end, corps members must:
Most corps members teach with an Alternative 1A License for one to two years and then, provided they have fulfilled all coursework and testing requirements, receive the state’s Level One Provisional License. Coursework for licensure can be completed as early as the end of the first semester of the second year of teaching depending on the university partner.
Through a two-year "master's plus licensure" partnership with the University of New Mexico branches in Gallup and Farmington, corps members in the Four Corners end their commitment as fully certified New Mexico teachers, with many completing their master's degrees in education.
Yes, corps members have the option. In the Four Corners area, UNM-Gallup and UNM-Farmington currently offers a master's program that can be completed in two years.
Western New Mexico University offers a three-year master's program.
Yes, depending on the subject area and whether you are located near one of the University of New Mexico branches. The University of New Mexico branches in Gallup and Farmington do not currently offer a master’s degree in special education.
If you have a teaching license from another state, you can apply for interstate reciprocity by providing a copy of your current teaching license, the teacher exam scores that enabled you to receive that license, transcripts demonstrating your bachelor's degree and successful completion of your teacher preparation program, and a district letter verifying year(s) of teaching experience, if applicable.
If you do not have a teaching license but have completed a teacher preparation program and all required exams, you can apply directly for your Level 1 license with similar documentation for reciprocity. It is possible that you may have to take additional exams if any of your exams do not align with those required by the New Mexico Public Education Department.
Gallup, New Mexico - a city of more than 20,000 people share a rich history at a crossroads of culture, languages, and experiences. Centered alongside the Navajo Nation and the Pueblo of Zuni, our small town represents many faiths and ethnicities. From thriving Muslim and Hispanic communities to European descendants and Native people – each call this bordertown alongside Interstate 40 their home.
It is a place of contradiction, of great beauty, and of honest dialogue. In Gallup, open-hearted generosity comes easily —you might be offered a warm smile and hello while dining at the famous Jerry’s Mexican-American restaurant, or a wide smile by a man watching his grandson dance at the Inter-Tribal Ceremonial in the mid-August shadows of Red Rock State Park.
Every year, our town embraces our new teachers and welcomes them to a majestic landscape in the Four Corners area where canyons, desert lands, and beautiful rock formations scatter the region.
Affordable apartments and homes are plentiful and rent is low. While technically a city, Gallup offers three movie theaters, great coffee shops, and a number of delicious restaurants. The community is also home to a Habitat for Humanity chapter, a farmer's market, a large Wal-Mart, many city parks, a crossfit gym, and a yoga studio.