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Master of Arts in Education

Plus Licensure with Concetration in Early Childhood Education

Now is the time to get your Master of Arts in Education plus Licensure with a concentration in Early Childhood Education! Deepen your understanding and skills of Pre-K to 3rd-grade education with a 100% online graduate degree designed to prepare highly qualified early childhood educators. Our accomplished faculty is dedicated and eager to work with students committed to serving Pre-K through 3rd-grade classrooms along with the families and communities of New Mexico. The Teacher Education Program in the College of Health, Education, and Social Transformation is nationally accredited by CAEP (caepnet.org) and approved by the New Mexico Public Education Department.

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, and science.

Explore the Master of Arts in Education plus Licensure with Concentration in Early Childhood Education program at New Mexico State University

As a graduate of the Master of Arts in Education plus Licensure with Concentration in Early Childhood Education program, you will be prepared to teach PreK – 3rd grade in public-school settings in the state of New Mexico. The program requires twelve (12) courses for a total of 42 credits of graduate coursework which includes eleven (11) content-based 3-credit courses and one (1) field-based 9-credit course.

The 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 theylead teach for four weeks. There are state-mandated licensure exams required to apply for a New Mexico teaching license.

Scholarships and Fellowships

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: https://ececdscholarship.org/scholarship-information/

If you are interested in research or college level teaching, you might also consider pursuing a graduate assistantship. Learn more at https://tpal.nmsu.edu/degree-programs/graduate-programs.html

Scholarship applications can be completed online. The annual priority deadline for the Scholar Dollar$ application is March 1. 

Overview

Degree type: Master of Arts in Education plus Licensure with Concentration in Early Childhood Education

College: College of Health, Education, and Social Transformation

Department: Teacher Preparation, Administration, and Leadership

Delivery formats: 100% online

Program Road Map: Click Here

Cost per credit hour:

  • Graduate online: $411.50*†
  • 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 Online programs and courses, the per credit hour cost is listed above. Special tuition agreements (Western Undergraduate Exchange, Descubre, etc.) are not applicable to NMSU Online 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

The Master plus Licensure with Concentration in Early Childhood Education program is offered through the College of Health, Education, and Social Transformation.

The Mission of the College of Health, Education, and Social Transformation 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 border communities.

The College of Health, Education, and Social Transformation currently offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in Education and Curriculum and Instruction, with a range of specialties to meet the needs of the dynamic Southwestern education community and beyond.

Quick Facts

Research and innovation in early childhood care and education is supported by the newly established NMSU Glass Family Research Institute for Early Childhood Studies.

Myrna’s Children’s Village Laboratory Schools, located on campus, provide opportunity for hands-on teaching and research experiences in NM PreK and Head Start classrooms.

Our instructors hold PhDs and have extensive experience in the local education community.

What can you do with a Master of Arts in Education plus Licensure with Concentration in Early Childhood Education from NMSU?

The MAE plus Licensure with Concentration in Early Childhood Education program prepares candidates to teach PreK through 3rd grade in public school settings using culturally responsive pedagogy and developmentally appropriate practices.

Early childhood education is a growing field. The state and federal governments have recently committed to new investments in early childhood education with the development of New Mexico’s Early Childhood Care and Education Department and PreK now being offered in public schools across the state.

Master of Arts in Education plus Licensure with Concentration in Early Childhood Education Careers

Obtaining a master’s degree will deepen your understanding of child development, curriculum design, and early childhood pedagogy. Not only can a graduate teach in a public school setting, but this degree prepares one for careers such as:

  • Instructional Coordinator
  • Curriculum Specialist
  • Early Childhood Center Director
  • Consultant for Early Childhood Organizations
  • Teacher Educator at the Associate’s Level

Advanced study.

Graduates with a master’s degree in early childhood education can choose to pursue advanced studies. Graduates can continue at NMSU to earn a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Curriculum and Instruction to prepare for a career in higher education and research. Graduates might also pursue a Doctorate of Education (EdD.)

Program Curriculum

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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. The program requires 42 credits of graduate coursework in topics such as bilingual education, multicultural education, family engagement, special education, play-based curriculum, and content areas of literacy, math, and science. The program culminates with a semester of student teaching where the teacher candidate will be mentored by a master-level teacher in a public school setting. During this semester, the teacher candidate will complete a capstone project – Evidence of Student Learning.

Student Experience

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

 

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