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Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education: Scholarly Master

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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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Flexible, online classes make 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.

Deepen Your Expertise in Pre-K to 3rd-Grade Education

The MA in Early Childhood Education: Scholarly Master at NMSU Global Campus deepens your expertise in Pre-K to 3rd-grade education. In this 100% online graduate program, you’ll perform teacher action research to hone your education skills, making you a master teacher in both the classroom and home-visit settings.

In addition to the advanced teaching knowledge you’ll gain in this flexible, affordable program, you’ll also have the opportunity to study leadership and advocacy in the early education field. By examining the most effective practices in staff development, teacher education, and program management, you’ll become a well-rounded, competitive candidate for all kinds of positions in the education world.

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Career Pathways

This program prepares you for multiple career options, including the following:

  • Advanced Classroom Teacher/Home Visitor
  • Curriculum Specialist
  • Early Childhood Center Director 
  • Instructional Coordinator
  • Principal Consultant for Early Childhood Organizations
  • Teacher Educator at the Associate’s Level
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“It was easy for me to join NMSU Global Campus. I was able to get my degree online, which allowed me to keep working as a teacher.”

Bernadette H., Class of 2024

The Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education: Scholarly Master degree deepens your understanding of child development, curriculum design, action research, and community collaboration. If you’re already working in early childhood education and have a bachelor’s degree related to the field, this advanced degree will take your career to the next level. In-depth coursework builds your knowledge in multiple areas:

  • Family Engagement
  • Literacy
  • Multicultural Education
  • Special Education
  • Teacher Action Research

The program also prepares you for teaching pedagogy, working with families, facilitating growth in your cohort, and advocating for complex solutions. Accredited by CAEP and approved by the New Mexico Public Education Department, this 100% online program gives you the advanced practice skills you need to thrive in the early education field.

Please note: This coursework-only program does not lead to teacher licensure. If that’s what you’re seeking, NMSU Global Campus welcomes you to apply to our MA in Education + Early Childhood Education Licensure degree program, which requires coursework, structured classroom experiences, and student teaching. No matter what you decide, we’re here to help you reach your academic and professional goals!

Delivery Format: 100% Online
Program Credits: 33 credits
Program Length: 2 years
Cost Per Credit Hour: $444.40*
Active Military Cost Per Credit Hour: $250*
College: Health, Education, and Social Transformation
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The Scholarly Master program at NMSU Global Campus requires 11 courses for a total of 33 credits of graduate coursework. The program concludes with a 3-credit action research course in which you complete a research project regarding a real problem of practice in your professional work as an educator.

Sample Courses Credits
EDUC 5120: Multicultural Education 3
EDUC 5140: Research in Curriculum and Pedagogy 3
ECED 5230: Curriculum in Early Childhood Education 3
BLED 5120: The Bilingual Preschool Child 3
ECED 5130: Working with Parents of Young Children 3
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You must apply and be admitted to NMSU Graduate School and the School of Teacher Preparation, Administration, and Leadership before you can begin taking ECED courses.

Many specialized courses are not offered every semester. Please check with your faculty advisor to plan accordingly.

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:

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.