Master of Arts (M.A.) and Licensure Program in Educational Administration
Focus on Pk-12 Administration
The master’s program in the Department of Educational Leadership & 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 refers to taking course work for two or more programs in the Department of Educational Leadership and Development (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.
The department uses 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.
- Bachelor’s degree
- Undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
- Three years of teaching experience in the Pk-12 sector
- Current teaching license
- Admission to NMSU Graduate School and Department of ELA
- Compliance with all requirements outlined in the ELA Master’s Handbook (see link below) and the NMSU Graduate Catalog
Spring 2019 Admission Deadline: This program begins in the spring semesters only. Materials for this program will begin to be accepted Monday, September 3, 2019 and must be received by the deadline of November 15, 2019.
Submit the following to the University Admissions:
- Graduate school application for admission office http://gradschool.nmsu.edu/
- Transcripts from all institutions of higher education previously attended.
- Application fee
Submit the following to the Department of ELA:
- 1-page letter of intent
- 2-page minimum writing sample
- Three letters of reference (Please click on the link to the letter of reference form below)
- Proof of three years of teaching experience
- Current U.S. teaching license
- Letter of Reference
- ELA 575 The Principalship
- ELA 586 Multicultural Leadership in Education
- ELA 578 Leadership & Administration of BE
- ELA 590 Basing Decisions on Data: Pk-12
- ELA 570 Educational Leadership, Supervision
- ELA 576 Educational Financial Management
- ELA 579 Public School Law
- ELA 564 Internship: Public Schools Part 1
- ELA 530 Management of Educational Change
- ELA 531 Special Education Administration
- ELA 565 Internship: Public Schools Part 2
For more information about the requirements check the Master’s Handbook.
Program Assessment: At the end of the degree program, students complete the comprehensive exam school data project. The evaluation of this project is used by the faculty members to assess student learning in the program. Click here for more information on the Pk-12 Master’s program assessment.
Accreditation: 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).
Telephone: (575) 646-3593