Educational Leadership (BS)

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Educational Leadership


The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Educational Leadership prepares students to work at the bachelor’s level in areas such as university or community college career services, admissions, financial aid, and advising.

  • This program develops educational leaders who are passionate about strengthening their leadership to improve student achievement and helps fosters positive and sustained relationships with students, institutions, school districts and surrounding communities.This is a social justice-driven program geared to strengthen leadership skills for individuals involved in various educational disciplines. The degree will provide graduates with abilities to lead in all facets of higher education. The program offers an innovative, structured approach to leadership in higher educational programs.

    Program Delivery

    The department uses a hybrid distance education program combining both asynchronous and synchronous delivery technologies.

    Required Credit Hours

    Minimum credits for degree: 120 credits
    Minimum upper division required (300+) 48 credits

     General Education Courses   39 Credits
     Viewing a Wider World     6 Credits
     Minor or Elective Requirements   18 Credits
     General Electives   18 Credits


    Program Requirements

    Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements, Viewing a Wider World requirements, and elective credits to total at least 120 credits with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.


    Core Courses for BS in Educational Leadership

    • ELAD 215 Multicultural Leadership
    • ELAD 255 Leadership & Change in Education
    • ELAD 342 Current Issues in Educational Leadership
    • ELAD 440 Management of Student Services in Higher Education
    • ELAD 450 Principles of Education Law and Policy
    • ELAD 455 Principles of Education Budgeting & Finance
    • ELAD 485 Elements of Research
    • ELAD 499 Internship
    • CEP 210 Educational Psychology
    • CEP 300V Human Relations Training
    • CEP 451V Introduction to Counseling
    • CEP 495 PSychology, Multiculturalism, & Counseling


    For more information about the requirements, please check the NMSU Catalog at


    New Mexico State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. This program is accredited by The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

    For Information:

    Telephone: (575) 646-4820