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Master of Arts in Education

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Now is the time to get your Master of Arts in Education plus Licensure with a concentration in Early Childhood Education!

Come to NMSU Global Campus to deepen your expertise in Pre-K to 3rd grade education with this 100% online graduate degree, which is designed to prepare highly qualified early childhood educators.

Build your knowledge and skills with a wide variety of courses in such areas as family engagement, multicultural education, special education, bilingual education, and content courses such as literacy, math, science and social studies.

New Mexico State University serves the people of New Mexico through education, research, extension education, and public service with specific emphasis on innovative practices, overcoming barriers to learning, international activities, technology, and literacy for the diverse populations of New Mexico, surrounding states and Borderlands communities.

What our students are saying...

"This is an excellent program that inspires future teachers to provide quality education by promoting equality, respect for individuality, and inclusion." - Esperanza Pizarro, NMSU Global Campus Student


Degree type: MA in Education plus Licensure with Concentration in Early Childhood Education

College: Health, Education, and Social Transformation

Department: Teacher Preparation, Administration, and Leadership

Delivery formats: 100% online

Program Road Map: Review Course Offerings

Cost per credit hour:

  • Graduate online: $444.40*†
  • Active Military online: $250*†

Accredited by: NMSU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

*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.

†For on-campus students, find tuition and fees here.

Program Highlights and Learning Outcomes

The Master of Arts plus Licensure with Concentration in Early Childhood program includes coursework and field experiences working with young children in public school settings grades PreK – 3rd grade. Our Teacher Education Program in the NMSU College of Health, Education, and Social Transformation is nationally accredited by CAEP ( and approved by the New Mexico Public Education Department.

This degree program requires twelve (12) courses for a total of 42 credits of graduate coursework. That includes eleven (11) content-based 3-credit courses and one (1) field-based 9-credit course.

Our MA program concludes with a semester of student teaching, giving the teacher candidate the opportunity to put theory, knowledge and experiences into practice during a 16-week student teaching internship. The teacher candidate will be provided mentorship and guidance by a master level teacher as they lead teach for four weeks. State-mandated licensure exams are required to apply for a New Mexico teaching license.


Career Pathways

In addition to teaching in a public school setting, NMSU Global Campus graduates with an MA in Education plus Early Childhood Education Licensure are 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

Scholarships and Financial Aid

NMSU helps to keep your tuition costs affordable. But if you need financial help, NMSU is ready to work with you to determine the best ways to finance your education to earn your Master of Arts in Education plus Licensure with Concentration in Early Childhood 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 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.

If you are interested in research or college-level teaching, you might also consider pursuing a TPAL graduate assistantship. (See the "Financial Aid" tab for details.)

This is an exciting time for early childhood education in New Mexico. The Early Childhood Education and Care Department is offering scholarships for graduate degrees in education. See information on their website:

Contact Financial Aid

Phone: 1-888-729-6678

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