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Master of Arts (M.A.) plus Licensure Program in Educational Leadership and Administration

Concentration in PK-12 School Administration


The master’s program in Educational Leadership and Administration is designed to assist you in preparation for a career in public school leadership; administration of federal or private sector agencies having educational interests. Graduate work beyond the master’s degree may be necessary depending on your field of interest.

Concurrent Enrollment

Concurrent enrollment refers to taking course work for two or more programs in Educational Leadership and Administration (ELA) simultaneously. Enrollment in one ELA program is academically challenging, thus students accepted into the Master of Arts (Pk-12 or Higher Education), Ed.D., or Ph.D. program are not allowed to take courses in another program concurrently.

Program Delivery

The program is a hybrid distance education program combining both asynchronous and synchronous delivery technologies. The internships require attendance at monthly seminars that are held face-to-face on the Las Cruces campus (see link to the Pk-12 Administrative Licensure Handbook provided below). There is a mandatory face-to-face orientation in Las Cruces prior to start of course work. All other coursework is online.

Required Credit Hours

This program is 33 credits.

Program Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Three years of U.S. teaching experience in the PK-12 sector
  • Current teaching license
  • Admission to NMSU Graduate School and Division of ELA
  • Compliance with all requirements outlined in the ELA Master’s Handbook (see link on “Courses” tab) and the NMSU Graduate Catalog

Spring 2022 Admission Deadline: This program begins in the spring semesters only. Materials for this program will begin to be accepted Monday, September 8, 2021 and must be received by the deadline of November 12, 2021.