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;
    • Complete prerequisite MATH 511: Fund Elem Math I
    • Complete Core Courses (courses with * are prerequisites to TEP Methods Courses; TEP portfolio can be submitted during the semester in which you are finishing the Core courses).
      • *SPED 500: Introduction to Special Education in a Diverse Society
      • *EDUC 515: Multicultural Education
      • *EDUC 530: Exploration in Education & Classroom Management
      • EDUC 516: Curriculum & Pedagogy
      • EDUC 518: Technology & Pedagogy
      • EDUC 519: Research in Curriculum & Pedagogy
    • Admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP)
      • Obtain application information at https://tpal.nmsu.edu/admission/tep-admission/
      • Make appointment for a degree check prior to submitting TEP portfolio.
      • Pass NES Essential Academic Exams; Reading, Writing, and Math. Information can be found at https://www.nestest.com/
      • Submit TEP portfolio to College (dates to be announced – 3rd Friday of September for Fall, 3rd  Friday of February for Spring).
    • Once admitted to TEP, complete Teaching Methods Block Courses listed below;
      • Fall Block – 6 credits
        • RDG 561: Elementary School Literacy II
        • EDUC 554: Methods of Teaching Elementary School Social Studies
      • Spring Block – 9 credits
        • RDG 560: Elementary School Literacy I
        • EDUC 551: Methods of Teaching Elementary School Science
        • EDUC 552: Methods of Teaching Elementary School Mathematics
      • Pass NES Elementary Education Subtests I & II before or during Block B https://www.nestest.com/
    • Student Teaching Entry Portfolio (STEP) one semester prior to student teaching.
      • Obtain application information at https://tpal.nmsu.edu/admission/tep-admission/stia/
      • Make an appointment for a degree check
      • Before student teaching is approved, the Candidate must pass NES Elementary Subtest I & II
      • Submit Student Teaching Packet (STEP) on 1st Friday in March for spring and 1st Friday in October for fall
    • Student Teaching – must be completed during final semester.
      • Take EDUC 509 and EDUC 510 concurrently during student teaching (16-week Student Teaching Internship and Seminar)
      • Pass NES Professional Knowledge and Reading Instruction Exams during student teaching semester https://www.nestest.com/

    Masters plus Licensure Course List:

    Courses with * are TEP prerequisites.

    1. Curriculum & Instruction Core Courses – 18 credits
      • *SPED 500: Introduction to Special Education in a Diverse Society (3)
      • *EDUC 515: Multicultural Education (3)
      • *#EDUC 530 – Explorations in Education (SPRING ONLY)
        # Field Experience Required.  You MUST complete 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.
        *must be completed or in progress to apply for TEP – failure to successfully complete TEP co-requisites will delay program admission
      • EDUC 516: Curriculum & Pedagogy (3)
      • EDUC 518 Technology & Pedagogy (3)
      • EDUC 519 Research in Curriculum & Pedagogy (3)
    2. Teaching Methods Block Courses  – 15 credits
      Fall Block:

      • RDG 561: Elementary School Literacy II (3)
      • EDUC 554: Methods of Teaching Elementary School Social Studies (3)

      Spring Block:

      • RDG 560: Elementary School Literacy I (3)
      • EDUC 551: Methods of Teaching Elementary School Science (3)
      • EDUC 552: Methods of Teaching Elementary School Mathematics (3)
    3. Student Teaching Block – 6 credits
      • EDUC 509: Student Teaching Seminar (3)
      • EDUC 510: Internship/Student Teaching (3)

    Credits 39        

  • Program Requirements:

    • Admission to the NMSU Graduate School – Online Application
    • Acceptance and enrollment in the TPAL MA program;
      • EDUC 515
      • SPED 500
      • EDUC 530 (field experience required)Complete the Core Course Requirements (TEP portfolio can be submitted during the semester in which you are finishing the Core courses)
    • Admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP)
      • Application information can be found at https://tpal.nmsu.edu/admission/tep-admission/
      • Make an appointment for a degree check prior to submitting TEP application
      • Before TEP is submitted, candidate must pass the Essential Academic Skills portion of the NES Assessment with a score of 220 or better (Reading, Writing, and Math)
      • Submit TEP portfolio to College (dates to be announced – 3rd Friday of September for Fall, 3rd  Friday of February for Spring).
      • Complete all requirements for a Teaching Field in Secondary Education (English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies)
        • Transcripts will be evaluated for teaching field deficiencies at the request of your advisor
      • Complete remaining Course Requirements
        • Electives (6 credits)
        • EDUC 516
        • EDUC 518
        • EDUC 519
        • RDG 514
        • EDUC 56_ (field experience required)
    • Submit a Student Teacher Entry Portfolio (STEP) one semester prior to student teaching.
      • Application information can be found at https://tpal.nmsu.edu/admission/tep-admission/stia/
      • Make an appointment for a degree check prior to submitting STEP application
      • Before STEP is submitted, candidate must pass the Content Knowledge portion of the NES Assessment with a passing score (passing scores: English=231, Mathematics=222, Science=220, Social Studies=220)
      • Submission Deadlines: First Friday in March for the Fall semester (by 3:00 pm); First Friday in October for the Spring semester (by 3:00pm)
    • Complete Student Teaching in the final semester of the program
      • Take EDUC 509 and EDUC 510 concurrently (16-week student teaching internship and seminar)
      • Before completing student teaching, candidate must pass the Assessment of Professional Knowledge for Secondary portion of the NES Assessment with a passing score of 220 or better

    Secondary Licensure Course Requirements:

    COURSE REQUIREMENTS (24 credits)

    • *EDUC 515 – Multicultural Education
    • *SPED 500 – Introduction to Special Education in a Diverse Society
    • *#EDUC 530 – Explorations in Education (SPRING ONLY)
      # Field Experience Required.  You MUST complete 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.
      *must be completed or in progress to apply for TEP – failure to successfully complete TEP co-requisites will delay program admission
    • EDUC 516 – Curriculum & Pedagogy
    • EDUC 518 – Technology & Pedagogy
    • EDUC 519 – Research & Pedagogy
    • Education electives can be selected from:
      EDUC 504, EDUC 505, EDUC 519, EDUC 575, EDUC 583, EDUC 587
      BIL 520, BIL 522, BIL 545
      EDLT 520, EDLT 528, EDLT 573, EDLT 577
      ELA 572, ELA 590
      RDG 504, RDG 522, RDG 525, RDG 587
      SPED 508, SPED 510, SPED 511, SPED 512, SPED 514, SPED 516, SPED 545, SPED 559, SPED 563, SPED 580
    • If Teaching Field deficiencies exist, student must take required courses to meet deficiencies
    • Other courses/elective courses can be taken at any point during the MA program when pre-requisites are met

    TEACHING METHODS COURSES (6 credits)
    (must be admitted into TEP to register for the following courses)

    • RDG 514 – Content Area Literacy
    • #EDUC 56_ – Teaching Methods in the Content Area (FALL ONLY)
      # Field Experience Required

    STUDENT TEACHING (6 credits)
    (any additional coursework taken during the student teaching semester must be approved by OTCP office)

    • EDUC 509.M02 – Student Teaching Seminar
    • EDUC 510.M02 – Internship/Student Teaching

    Credits (up to this point): 36