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Posted: January 20, 2021

Program Pays, Supports Special Ed Teachers in Training

SETT is an alternative pathway to becoming a special education teacher while earning a living and working alongside professionals. Application deadline is March 15, 2021.

Albuquerque Public Schools, like school districts across the country, is in need of special education teachers, which is why it is partnering once again with CNM and the Albuquerque Teacher's Federation on a program to recruit and retain more special education teachers. 

Individuals with a bachelor's degree in any subject can become a licensed special education teacher in 15 months through the Special Education Teacher Training (SETT) program. Through this program, teacher candidates get paid and earn benefits while co-teaching alongside a seasoned educator and taking classes.

Classroom teaching is supported with coursework in special education, curriculum and assessment, classroom and individual behavior management, and literacy instruction. Candidates will also complete coursework for a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) endorsement.

After co-teaching in the fall, teacher candidates will teach in their own classroom with continued mentorship, coaching and support during the first two years of teaching. 

The application deadline is March 15, 2021. Get more information and apply to the SETT program.

“APS has decided that they want to invest in their special education teachers and bring new people into the field of teaching in a supported pathway,” said Catron Allred, CNM Academic Affairs Director for education programs.

Valerie Hoose, APS Executive Director of Labor Relations, added: “As we continue to address the acute teacher shortage through many pathways, the SETT program ensures recruitment and placement of high-quality educators who will bring skill, caring and passion to complex, special education classrooms.”

“We know that having a highly skilled teacher in every classroom makes the difference for all students”, said Ellen Bernstein, President of the Albuquerque Teachers Federation. “The SETT program intensifies the essential support needed for special education teachers to begin meeting the needs of their students on day one and have a long and successful career in education.”

To qualify for the SETT program, teacher candidates must

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Pass the New Mexico Teacher Assessment Test of Essential Academic Skills
  • Be legally authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Complete a background check
  • Agree to work as a special education teacher in APS for three years.