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If you are a resident of New Mexico, now is the time to earn your Master of Arts in Secondary Education along with a teaching license at the same time!

There is a new understanding of and commitment to education in grades 6-12 with scholarships available for this initial licensure program, created for New Mexico residents. Deepen your understanding and skills of 6-12 grade education with a 100% online graduate degree and teacher licensure. 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. The College of Education is CAEP ( accredited and approved by the New Mexico Public Education Department.

Build your knowledge and skills with a wide variety of courses in such areas as explorations in education, multicultural education, special education, content area literacy, and teacher action research. Select your content area (English Language Arts, Math, Science or Social Studies) and deepen your knowledge in the methods of teaching in your field of scholarly interest.

Explore the Master of Arts in Secondary Education + Licensure program at New Mexico State University

As a graduate of the Secondary Licensure MA Program, you will be prepared to work as a teacher in grades 6-12 in a specific content area. Select your teaching field in English Language Arts, Math, Science or Social Studies.

The MA plus Secondary Education Licensure program includes coursework, field experience, and student teaching leading to initial teacher licensure. If you are seeking a teaching job with a school district right away, our Secondary Education Alternative Licensure program is a great option for you.

The program requires 30 credits of teacher preparation coursework and concludes with a 9-credit student teaching semester. There are 2 semesters of field experience built-in with the coursework, where you will gain valuable real-life experience by working alongside a mentor teacher in the public schools. These field experience opportunities prepare you for the full-time student teaching experience at the end of the program. This program typically takes 2 years to complete.

Teacher Education Program (TEP)

During the MA + Secondary Licensure Program, students will complete a portfolio to enter TEP. This competitive portfolio and interview process ensure that high-quality teacher candidates are graduating our program, ready to enter the teaching workforce.

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 MA + Secondary Licensure degree.

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 Online 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.

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Phone: 1-888-729-6678


Requirements: Must be a New Mexico resident

Degree type: Master of Arts in Secondary Education + Licensure

College: College of Health, Education, and Social Transformation

Department: School of 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 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 of Arts in Secondary Education + Licensure 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

Students in the Master of Arts in Secondary Education plus Licensure program can actively seek employment with their local school district at any time during the program, if they meet their teaching field requirements. For teacher candidates who do start a teaching job before completion of the program, we offer an 18-credit Alternative Licensure Program to complete licensure requirements. Most students in this situation still continue with the full master's by finishing the remaining 15 credits of coursework in order to earn a teaching license and a master’s degree.

What can you do with a Master of Arts in Secondary Education + Licensure from NMSU?

The MA in Secondary Education + Licensure prepares teacher candidates to be day-one ready in classrooms through both theory and practice. Our coursework is grounded in pedagogical theory that students can immediately apply and practice during field experience. The clinical experience opportunities that we offer in Secondary Education are the cornerstone of the teacher preparation program at NMSU.

Secondary Education is a much-needed field in the State of New Mexico and in the United States in general. With preparation to teach at both the middle school and high school levels, graduates of our program find multiple career opportunities to work with students across grades 6-12.

MA in Secondary Education Careers

Obtaining a master's degree will deepen your understanding of adolescent development, curriculum design, and action research. The MA in Secondary Education + Licensure program prepares the student for careers as a:

  • Middle School classroom teacher
  • High School classroom teacher
  • Early College classroom teacher
  • Instructional Coordinator/Curriculum Specialist
  • Teacher Educator at the Associate’s Level

Interested in advanced study?

Graduates with the Master’s in Secondary Education can also choose to pursue advanced study. 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) in Education Administration.

Program Curriculum

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The Master of Arts in Education + Secondary Licensure program is for students who already have a bachelor’s degree in a field related to what they are interested in teaching. Undergraduate coursework will be reviewed to see that the student meets the State of New Mexico teacher requirements for their chosen teaching field of English Language Arts, Math, Science or Social Studies. If students do not meet the requirement with undergraduate coursework, the master’s degree will be supplemented with the necessary content coursework so that the teaching field requirement will be met by the time the student is ready to graduate. The program requires 39 credits of graduate coursework in topics such as multicultural education, research, special education, content area literacy, technology in education, and methods of teaching. The program culminates in a capstone project in which you will complete a teacher action research project during student teaching. Written exams are not required for program completion.

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