Scholarship Eligibility

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The New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) describes eligible scholars for the PreK Scholarship program as follows:

  • Teachers working in a PreK funded classroom who do not have an NM early childhood birth–3 or PreK–grade 3 license
  • Any EA working in a PreK funded classroom who does not have an AA in early childhood education 
  • Any EA with an AA who is pursuing a BA and teaching license in early childhood education
  • Teachers/PreK Coaches/Principals working in a PreK funded classroom who have an NM early childhood Birth–grade 3 or PreK–grade 3 license and are pursuing a PreK–12 special education license

Read on to learn more about the responsibilities associated with each scholarship model.

PreK Associates (AA) Responsibilities

NMPED Responsibilities

  • 100% of tuition and fees
  • 100% of NMTA test (reimbursement to scholar)
  • 100% of rental books (reimbursement to scholar)

District Responsibilities:

  • The district may choose to cover the purchase of books when rentals are not available, but the scholar must return the books to the district for future scholars.
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Scholar Responsibilities:

6-15 credit commitment. 1 year remain with district.
  • Scholar commits to complete a minimum of six credits per contract year.
  • Scholar commits to remain with the PreK program in the district/charter for one year after the contract ends.
  • Scholars must maintain a C or better in all classes taken.

PreK Bachelors (BA) Responsibilities

NMPED Responsibilities

  • 100% of tuition and fees
  • 100% of NMTA test (reimbursement to scholar)
  • 100% of rental books (reimbursement to scholar)

District Responsibilities:

  • The district may choose to cover the purchase of books when rentals are not available, but the scholar must return the books to the district for future scholars.
Books stacked horizontally

Scholar Responsibilities:

6-15 credit commitment. 1 year remain with district.
  • Scholar commits to complete a minimum of six credits per contract year.
  • Scholar commits to remain with the PreK program in the district/charter for one year after the contract ends.
  • Scholars must maintain a C or better in all classes taken.

Alternative Licensure Responsibilities

NMPED Responsibilities

  • 100% of tuition and fees
  • 100% of NMTA test (reimbursement to scholar)

District Responsibilities:

  • The district may choose to cover the purchase of books when rentals are not available, but the scholar must return the books to the district for future scholars.
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Scholar Responsibilities:

2 year. 12 hour. alternative license or graduate credit. 1 year remain with district.
  • Scholars must complete the alternative licensure program within two years or complete 12 hours of graduate credit per contract year.
  • Scholar commits to remain with the PreK program in the district/charter for one year after the contract ends.
  • Scholars must maintain a C or better in all classes taken.

*No graduate programs at this time.