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Master of Arts in Education + Early Childhood Teacher Licensure

Expand Your Skills to Better Serve Your Students

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Program Quick Facts

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We’re accredited by CAEP and approved by the New Mexico Public Education Department.

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100% Online With Residency

Flexible, online coursework makes it easier to reach your goals while balancing work and family life.

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Affordable Tuition

NMSU Global Campus offers competitively priced tuition and scholarship opportunities.

Become a Highly Qualified Educator

The MA in Education + Early Childhood Teacher Licensure program at NMSU Global Campus deepens your expertise in Pre-K to 3rd grade education. In this 100% online coursework program, you have the opportunity to build your knowledge and expand your early education skills with a wide variety of courses.

Our focus on multicultural and bilingual education ensures that you’re able to serve students of all backgrounds, while our exploration of family engagement and special education equips you with specialized skills to help you thrive in any classroom setting.

In addition to this vital teacher preparation, you’ll also take content courses in subjects like literacy, math, science, and social studies to make you the well-rounded, highly qualified educator you have the potential to be.

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Career Pathways

In addition to teaching in a public school setting, with a Master of Arts in Education + Early Childhood Teacher Licensure, you will be prepared for careers such as:

  • Consultant for Early Childhood Organizations
  • Curriculum Specialist
  • Early Childhood Center Director
  • Instructional Coordinator
  • Teacher Educator at the Associate’s Level
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“This is an excellent program that inspires future teachers to provide quality education by promoting equality, respect for individuality, and inclusion.”

Esperanza P., NMSU Global Campus Student

The MA in Education + Early Childhood Teacher Licensure program includes 100% online coursework, as well as field experiences in a public school setting. Throughout your courses in this flexible, CAEP-accredited program, you’ll cover topics such as qualitative and quantitative designs for research in curriculum, methods and materials for using developmentally appropriate practices while teaching young children, and current trends and problems facing the early education field.

At the end of the program, you’ll have the opportunity to put the theory you’ve learned into practice during a 16-week student teaching internship. Enjoy four weeks of mentorship by a master-level teacher, then thrive on your own as an educator of young children.

Delivery Format: 100% online with residency; online coursework with synchronous meeting times and required on-site clinical experience
Program Credits: 42 credits
Program Length: 2 years (full time)
Cost Per Credit Hour: $444.40*
Active Military Cost Per Credit Hour: $250*
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The MA in Education + Early Childhood Teacher Licensure program requires 42 credits of graduate coursework, which typically takes two years to complete. This includes 11 content-based, 3-credit courses and one field-based, 9-credit course. 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.

Sample Courses Credits
ECED 5510: Advanced Teaching and Learning of Literacy 3
ECED 5420: Science/Math Curriculum 3
ECED 5310: Issues in Early Childhood Education 3
ECED 5520: Literacy Development in Early Childhood 3
ECED 5220: Play in the Early Childhood Curriculum 3
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To qualify for the program, you must:

  • Have completed a bachelor’s degree in a closely related field with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Be admitted to the NMSU Graduate School
  • Be admitted to the College of Education’s School of Teacher Preparation, Administration, and Leadership
Prerequisites may be required depending on your BA degree coursework.

At NMSU Global Campus, we strive to offer competitively priced tuition to keep your tuition costs affordable. If you need financial aid, we’re ready to work with you to determine the best ways to finance your education.

Financial assistance includes loans, grants, and scholarship opportunities. To apply, use NMSU’s convenient Scholar Dollar$ one-stop scholarship application, which serves all students in the NMSU system.

NMSU and NMSU Global Campus students are also eligible for loans and grants. The first step in applying for financial aid is to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Learn more about financial aid opportunities at NMSU.

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Phone: 1-888-729-6678


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*For NMSU Global Campus programs and courses, the per credit hour cost is listed above. Special tuition agreements (Western Undergraduate Exchange, Descubre, etc.) are not applicable to NMSU Global Campus programs. Course fees still apply and are charged separately. Textbooks, uniforms, equipment, etc., are additional program costs. Additional per credit costs might be charged by the program, department or college.