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Early Childhood Education: Scholarly Master

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Explore the Early Childhood Education: Scholarly Master at NMSU Global Campus

Now is the time to get your MA 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 designed for today's busy professionals.

At NMSU Global Campus, the MA in Early Childhood Education: Scholarly Master prepares the early childhood professionals for advanced practice in classrooms and home visiting. Students will perform teacher action research, as well as study leadership and advocacy in the early education field, which includes staff development, teacher education, and program management.

New Mexico and the entire United States are showing a new commitment to education in the early years. Scholarships are now available for early childhood educators to pursue advanced degrees. Keep scrolling to learn more!


Degree type: Master of Arts, Early Childhood Education

College: Health, Education, and Social Transformation

Department: Early Childhood Education

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

Our accomplished NMSU Global Campus faculty is dedicated and eager to work with students committed to serving Pre-K-3rd grade classrooms as well as the families and communities of New Mexico and beyond. The College of Education is CAEP-accredited ( and approved by the New Mexico Public Education Department.

Build your knowledge and upskill with in-depth coursework in areas of study such as:

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

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 hour Action Research course in which you will complete a research project regarding a real problem of practice in your professional work as an educator. You will be well prepared to pass the required written exams to complete the program.

Career Pathways

Obtaining a master’s degree will deepen your understanding of child development, curriculum design, action research, and community collaboration. The MA in Early Childhood Education: Scholarly Master prepares NMSU Global Campus graduates for career options such as:

  • 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

Do you need to earn Teacher Licensure?

This Early Childhood Education: Scholarly Master degree program is a 100% online coursework-only option which does not lead to teacher licensure.

However, if you are seeking teacher licensure, NMSU Global Campus welcomes you to apply to our MA in Education plus Early Childhood Education Licensure degree program, which requires coursework, structured classroom experiences, and student teaching. We are available to help you reach all your academic and professional goals!

Scholarships and Financial Aid

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

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 MA in Early Childhood Education: Scholarly Master degree.

Financial assistance includes loans, grants, and scholarship opportunities. To apply, use, 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.

Contact Financial Aid

Phone: 1-888-729-6678

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