PK-12 Public School Administration (MA)

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.

  • Admission Requirements:

    Submit the following to the University Admissions:

    • Graduate school application for admission office
    • Transcripts from all institutions of higher education previously attended.
    • Application fee

    Submit the following to the Division of ELA:

    • 1-page letter of intent/purpose
    • 2-page minimum writing sample
    • Resume
    • Proof of three years of teaching experience
    • Current U.S. teaching license
    • Three letters of reference (Please click on the link to the letter of reference form below)

  • Required Courses

    • ELAD 575 The Principalship
    • ELAD 586 Leadership for Social Justice and Equity
    • ELAD 578 Leadership & Administration of BE
    • ELAD 590 Basing Decisions on Data: Pk-12
    • ELAD 570 Educational Leadership, Supervision
    • ELAD 576 Educational Financial Management
    • ELAD 579 Public School Law
    • ELAD 564 Internship: Public Schools Part 1
    • ELAD 530 Management of Educational Change
    • ELAD 531 Special Education Administration
    • ELAD 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).

    For Information:
    Telephone: (575) 646-3593