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Western New Mexico University — College of Education - Gallup

Program Type:
Coverdell Fellows
College of Education - Gallup
Degrees Awarded:
Complete eligibility for NM Teaching License;, Elementary, Secondary, or Special Education (MAT), Interdisciplinary Studies (MA)
Admissions Deadlines:

Admission recommendations are made on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Admissions Cycle:

Admit 7-10 Fellows once a year

Program Start:
Late July
Program Founded:
April, 2001


Western New Mexico University offers competitive tuition .

WNMU-Gallup is looking for RPCVs who want to make a difference in the lives of rural students, but who do not have a teaching degree.

Through the Peace Corps Coverdell Fellowship (PCCF) at WNMU-Gallup, Fellows teach as full-time teachers (with $30,000+/year salary & full benefits) and take classes at night and on the weekend towards a Masters in Teaching—all without needing an undergraduate degree in education.

 If you were an Education Sector volunteer, loved what you did but didn’t think you could be a teacher in the US, this is the program for you!

 Some quick facts:

-All WNMU-Gallup Fellows are required to be full-time teachers (Elementary, Secondary. Or Special Education)

-Fellows do not need a degree in education (though teaching experience is necessary for acceptance into the program)

-Minimum teaching salary of $30,000 per year (increases with experience)

-Full medical, dental, & vision insurance benefits offered by the school district

-3 year program resulting in New Mexico teacher licensure & Masters in Teaching (MAT)

-Affordable, in-state graduate tuition for all Fellows (currently around $200/credit hour)

-Northwest New Mexico (Fellows work near or on the Navajo Reservation)

-Large Fellow alumni community

-One on one mentoring program for new teachers

-District endorsed TESOL certificated available

-Possible loan forgiveness (depending on loan type)


Successful applicants need a strong desire to work in a culturally rich, yet under-resourced and challenging rural setting. The area offers diverse cultures, many outdoor recreational opportunities, and natural beauty. The program is designed for Fellows who do not have an undergraduate education degree, but programs are offered for those who do already have a teaching license and are seeking a Masters degree. The MAT program at WNMU-Gallup is grounded in social justice and purposefully blends theory and practice, provides on-site mentoring, and strives to help Fellows to meet the unique needs of a diverse student population.   

Fellows teach with an internship license while pursuing New Mexico teaching credentials and a master's degree in education. MAT’s available in Elementary, Secondary, or Special Education.  

 Fellows interested in an MAT in Elementary Education (K-8) complete 45 hours of graduate course work in 3 years.

 Fellows interested in an MAT in Secondary Education (7-12) need to already have completed at least 30 undergraduate hours in their content field (Math, English, Science, Art, etc.) to be full-time teacher. An MAT in Secondary Education is 39 credits over 3 years.

 Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with enrollment & employment beginning each Fall.


Fellows seeking the MAT in Education or the MA in Interdisciplinary Studies must meet university graduate admission requirements. These include a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a 3.0 GPA (last 64 hours). Students with a GPA of 2.99 to 2.75 (last 64 hours) may be granted provisional admission AND are required to take the GRE (minimum of 720 on verbal/math combined and 3 on writing section.). Fellows must also complete the School of Education Teacher Educational Program Admission packet. Fellows must also complete all application procedures for a teaching position with Gallup McKinley County Schools (GMCS), Zuni Public School District (ZPSD), or Window Rock Unified School District (WRUSD). Teaching vacancies are posted on each of the school district's websites. You must successfully complete the appropriate New Mexico or Arizona Teacher Assessment exams by the end of the first year of teaching. Admission preference for the WNMU-Gallup PCCF Program will be given to RPCVs with Peace Corps teaching experience clearly stated on DOS. You do not, however, need to be a licensed teacher.

For inquiries about Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, call 855.855.1961 x1440.

Program Contacts

If you have questions, please contact:
Scott Farver
MAT Prog., Director of Field Supervision

2055 State Road 602
Gallup, New Mexico 87301
(505) 722-3389
(505) 722-3195

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