Online Education

cap, mouse and degreeThe School of Teacher Preparation, Administration and Leadership (TPAL) offers both online and “hybrid” programs. The Educational Leadership programs and many of the classes in the other Master’s programs use a hybrid distance education program combining both asynchronous and synchronous delivery technologies.

The school also offers a totally on-line Licensure Program in Special Education and several hybrid programs (partly online, partly face-to-face).

  • On-line Certificate Programs

    Definitions
    • On-site classes and programs occur face-to-face on the Las Cruces Campus.  Some of these classes may have Web enhancement features or services.
    • Off-campus site classes and programs occur face-to-face in remote locations throughout the state or at one of our NMSU campuses in Alamogordo, Carlsbad, and Grants.
    • Distance Education is a formal education process in which learning occurs through any electronic media (including hybrid classes) and/or through face-to-face meetings at off-campus sites.
    • Online classes and programs occur when the instructors and learners are not in the same physical place for at least 90% of the time, through various electronic media, including asynchronous or synchronous electronic communication such as Canvas, Centra, Skype, Mediasite, and/or ITV. *
    • Hybrid classes and programs occur through any combination of face-to-face (f2f) and electronic media (such as, but not limited to, Canvas, Centra, Skype, Mediasite, and/or ITV), typically in about equal amounts of f2f and electronic media time.
  • Master’s Programs
    Master’s programs are available for studies with emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction, Early Childhood Education, Educational Administration, On-line Teaching & Learning, and Special Education. These programs are composed of a moderated amount of coursework combined with research and field experiences culminating with a written examination over the program of studies. More information about these programs can be checked here:

    Curriculum & Instruction

    Educational Leadership and Administration

    Special Education

  • Doctoral Programs
    There are on-line doctoral programs available in the School of Teacher Preparation, Administration and Leadership in the areas of Curriculum & Instruction and Educational Administration. These programs are built around a cohort system that provides students with a supportive interactive environment. More information about these programs can be found here: