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Master of Arts in Secondary Education

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Explore the Master of Arts in Secondary Education at NMSU Global Campus

New Mexico residents: Now is the time to earn your Master of Arts in Secondary Education from New Mexico State University, along with a New Mexico teaching license (Grades 6-12) at the same time!

Our accomplished faculty is dedicated and eager to work with students committed to serving in middle and high school classrooms of New Mexico and beyond. NMSU's Teacher Education Program is CAEP-accredited ( and approved by the New Mexico Public Education Department.

Become a master teacher of your content specialty

This NMSU Global Campus degree program is designed for those with a bachelor's degree in the subject area they wish to teach.

Educators enjoy our wide variety of 100% online courses in topics including Multicultural Education, Special Education, content area literacy, and teacher action research in Curriculum and Pedagogy. Deepen your knowledge in the methods of teaching in your chosen field of scholarly interest:

  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies


Requirements: Must be a New Mexico resident

Degree type: Master of Arts in Secondary Education + Teacher Licensure

College: Health, Education, and Social Transformation

Department: Teacher Preparation, Administration & Leadership (TPAL)

Delivery formats: 100% online, with synchronous meeting times, and required on-site clinical experience in New Mexico public schools

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 100% online coursework is grounded in pedagogical theory that NMSU Global Campus students can immediately apply and practice in real-world classrooms.
  • The on-site clinical experiences (supervised student teaching) that we offer in Secondary Education are the cornerstone of the Teacher Education Program at New Mexico State University.

Unique focus on serving the Southwest

The Master of Arts in Secondary Education + Teacher Licensure program is offered through the College of Health, Education, and Social Transformation (HEST) at New Mexico State University.

Our mission is to serve 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.

Through the College of HEST, NMSU Global Campus offers 100% online coursework bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in Education and Curriculum & Instruction. As master educators, we study culturally responsive teaching practices to meet the needs of the dynamic education community in the Southwestern U.S. and beyond!

Career Pathways

Graduates of NMSU's Teacher Education Program bring vital knowledge of adolescent development, curriculum design, and scholarly research to the education field. The MA in Secondary Education + Teacher Licensure program prepares today's educators in these areas:

  • Early College classroom teacher
  • Middle School classroom teacher
  • High School classroom teacher
  • Instructional Coordinator/Curriculum Specialist
  • 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 Secondary Education + Teacher Licensure.

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.

This is an exciting time for secondary education in New Mexico. Students in the Secondary Education program at NMSU can become eligible for the State of New Mexico's Teacher Preparation and Affordability Scholarship as early as their second semester in the program, once they are accepted into TEP. The Teacher Preparation Affordability Scholarship is available through the Office of Financial Aid and is automatically awarded to students who are eligible.

If you are interested in research or college-level teaching, you might also consider pursuing a graduate assistantship.

Contact Financial Aid

Phone: 1-888-729-6678

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