Would a career in education be the right choice for you? Aside from being knowledgeable in their subject, teachers and others working in the field of education must have the ability to communicate, inspire trust and confidence, and motivate students, as well as understand the students’ educational and emotional needs. Teachers must be able to recognize and respond to individual and cultural differences in students and employ different teaching methods that will result in higher student achievement.

Dona Ana Community College currently offers two programs that serve as portals to the field at large, while at the same time preparing students to obtain practical employment after as little as two years of study in Education and Early Childhood Education.

EDUCATION. The Associate Degree in Education prepares students to transfer into the Teacher Education Program at New Mexico State University, or a similar four-year baccalaureate program at another institution.

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION. The Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education Program prepares students to become highly qualified teachers, assistant teachers, or family day care providers in professional child care for children from birth through age 8.

A man tending to his chile crop

The Grow Your Own Teachers Scholarship

The New Mexico Grow Your Own Teachers Scholarship is a scholarship opportunity for school employees in the state of New Mexico who would like to pursue and are working towards a Bachelor Degree in Education at a post-secondary institution in New Mexico. Students in the Education and Early Childhood Associate Degree programs may qualify for this scholarship opportunity.

Please click here to see if you qualify for this opportunity. There are steps you must take with your school district for the final application process.

Step 1: Complete and submit your FAFSA

Step 2: Use the sample petition letter provided to petition your Human Resources Department at your School District for professional leave. Be prepared to upload the acceptance letter from your School District.

Sample Grow Your Own Teachers Petition

Step 3: Complete the Questionnaire below with all documentation required. If you feel that you qualify for this scholarship, please submit the following form.


Teacher Preparation Affordability Scholarship

The New Mexico Teacher Preparation Affordability Scholarship is designed to increase the number of teachers in the State of New Mexico through scholarships for students enrolled in educator preparation programs.

Students interested in this scholarship should:

Step 1: Complete and submit your FASFA.

Step 2: Make an appointment with the Education Advisor through Navigate or by calling 575-528-7338.

Step 3: Declare one of our fully transferable (to NMSU) 2 + 2 Associate degree programs in Education: Early Childhood, Elementary Education, Elementary Special Education, Secondary Language Arts, Secondary Social Studies, Secondary Math, and Secondary Science. Note: Students must take courses each semester from the declared degree plan.

Students must make Satisfactory Academic Progress to maintain this scholarship.

Funding for this scholarship is limited.

This scholarship is available at the Associate Degree and Bachelor Degree levels.

So, have we caught your interest?

Don't wait too long! Next Semester begins January 16th