Master of Arts in Education Plus Licensure

The College of Education’s School of Teacher Preparation, Administration and Leadership at New Mexico State University offers an Elementary and a Secondary Teacher Education Program for individuals who have completed a bachelor’s degree. The program is designed to meet the professional education course requirements for teacher licensure as a part of a Master of Arts in Education degree program.

 A full time student in this program typically completes in 2-­‐3 years.  All coursework must be completed before the final student teaching semester.

  • Program Requirements:

    • Admission to the NMSU Graduate School – Online Application
    • Acceptance and enrollment in the TPAL MA program;
    • Admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP)
      • Student teaching applications are available online: Student teaching applications and Information
      • TEP Prerequisites – EDUC 515 must be completed before TEP portfolio submission and a grade of “B” or better in the following courses (or be enrolled in the final TEP pre-­‐requisite courses at the time of portfolio submission).
        • EDUC 515: Multicultural Education
        • EDUC 518: Technology & Pedagogy
        • EDUC 530: Exploration in Education
        • CEP 512: Human Development
        • SPED 500: Introduction to Special Education in a Diverse Society
        • MATH 111: Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I (for Elementary Education majors only)
    • Pass the Basic Skills portion of the New Mexico Teacher Assessments (NMTA) with a score of 240 or better
    • Complete the Elementary Licensure Courses listed below;
    • Submit student teaching application ONE FULL YEAR PRIOR TO STUDENT TEACHING
      • Deadlines are October 9 for the following fall semester and February 9 for the following spring semester
      • Make an appointment with the Advisement Center for a Degree Check
      • Student teaching applications are available online: Student teaching applications and Information ,
    • Before student teaching is approved the candidate must pass the Elementary Education Content portion of the New Mexico Teacher Assessments (NMTA)
    • Take EDUC 509.1 and EDUC 510.1 concurrently (while student teaching)

    Licensure Course Requirements:

    1. Prerequisite Course – 3 credits
      • MATH 111 Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I (3)
    2. Must be taken before Blocks A and B and student teaching (each course requires a field experience component) – 6 credits
      • EDUC 515: Multicultural Education (required in first semester) (3)
      • EDUC 530: Exploration in Education (required in first semester) (3)
    3. Additional course requirements – 15 credits
      • CEP 512: Human Development (3)
      • SPED 500: Introduction to Special Education in a Diverse Society (3)
      • EDUC 505: Classroom Management (3)
      • EDUC 518: Technology & Pedagogy (3)
      • SPED 523: Advanced Curriculum for Diverse Exceptional Learners (3)

      *All Graduate Students seeking Elementary Licensure must be admitted to the TEP before taking courses in Sections: D, E and F.

    4. Block A – 9 credits
      These courses are taken together in the same section as a block of courses BEFORE Block B; they have a single field experience component

      • EDUC 550: Methods of Teaching Early Childhood Education (3)
      • EDUC 551: Methods of Teaching Elementary School Science (3)
      • RDG 560: Elementary School Literacy I (3)
    5. Block B – 12 credits
      These courses are taken together in the same section as a block of courses AFTER Block A; they have a single field experience component

      • EDUC 552: Methods of Teaching Elementary School Mathematics (Prerequisite: Math 111) (3)
      • EDUC 553: Methods of Teaching Elementary School Language Arts (3)
      • EDUC 554: Methods of Teaching Elementary School Social Studies (3)
      • RDG 561: Elementary School Literacy II (3)
    6. Student Teaching Block – 9 credits
      These courses are taken together after completing Block A and B and their prerequisites

      • EDUC M01: Teaching Methods Laboratory (Student Teaching Seminar) (3)
      • EDUC 510.M01: Internship/Student Teaching (6)
    7. Additional courses required for the Master of Arts Degree – 9 credits
      • EDUC 516: Curriculum & Pedagogy I (3)
      • EDUC 519: Research in Curriculum & Pedagogy (3)
      • EMD 572: History & Philosophy of Education OR EMD 587: Educational Politics and Community Relations (3)

    Credits 63         

  • Program Requirements:

    TEP Prerequisites

    • Pass the Basic Skills portion of the New Mexico Teacher Assessments (NMTA) with a score of 240 or better. (http://www.nmta.nesinc.com
    • A grade of “B” or better in the following courses (must be completed before portfolio submission)
      • EDUC 515: Multicultural Education
      • #EDUC 530: Secondary Explorations in Education
      • (#Field observations required. You MUST go through a background check and fingerprinting process at the beginning of the semester to obtain district clearance. Fliers will be posted each semester in O’Donnell Hall).
    • A grade of “B” or better in the following courses (or be enrolled in the final TEP portfolio submission). Failure to successfully complete TEP co-requisites will delay program admission.
      • EDUC 518: Technology & Pedagogy
      • CEP 512: Human Development
      • SPED 500: Introduction to Special Education in a Diverse Society
    • Complete all Licensure Course Requirements (see below)
    • Complete all requirements for a Teaching Field in Secondary Education.
    • Transcripts will be evaluated for teaching field deficiencies at the request of your advisor.
    • Submit student teaching application to the College of Education Advisement Center ONE FULL YEAR PRIOR TO STUDENT TEACHING
      • Deadlines: October 9 for the following Fall semester;
      • March 9 for the following Spring semester.
    • Submit a Student Teacher Entry Portfolio (STEP) one semester prior to student teaching Deadlines are the first Friday in March for the Fall and the first Friday in October for the Spring semester.
      • Before student teaching is approved the candidate must pass the Content Knowledge portion of the New Mexico Teacher Assessments (NMTA)
      • Make an appointment with the Advisement Center for a Degree Check
    • Take EDUC 2 and EDUC 510.2 concurrently (16-­‐week student teaching internship and seminar)

    Licensure Course Requirements:

         *TEP prerequisite
       **TEP co-­‐requisite

    1. To be taken the first semester of your program – 6 credits
      • *EDUC 515: Multicultural Education (3)
      • *EDUC 530: Exploration in Education (3)
    2. To be taken before student teaching – 18 credits
      • **EDUC 518: Technology & Pedagogy (3)
      • **CEP 512: Human Development (3)
      • **SPED 500: Introduction to Special Education in a Diverse Society (3)
      • EDUC 505: Classroom Management (3)
      • RDG 514: Content Area Literacy (3)
      • EDUC 56_: Secondary Methods Course (3) (Take the appropriate course for your verified teaching field; these courses are offered Fall semester only/TEP REQUIRED/42 hour practicum required)
    3. Additional courses required for the Master of Arts in Education – 9 credits
      • EDUC 516: Curriculum & Pedagogy I (3)
      • EDUC 519: Research in Curriculum & Pedagogy (3)
      • EMD 572: History & Philosophy of Education (3) Credits (up to this point): 33
    4. Student teaching (these courses must be taken concurrently in the final semester) – 9 credits
      • *EDUC 509.M02: Teaching Methods Laboratory (3)
      • *EDUC 510.M02: Internship/Student Teaching (6) 

    Credits (up to this point): 42