Degree Programs

NMSU’s distance education degree programs are designed to serve students who may not be able to pursue an education through traditional means. NMSU offers Bachelor degree completion programs, Masters and Doctorate programs, and a number of Graduate Certificate and K-12 NM educator licensure and endorsement programs.

Please contact the listed distance education director for your degree program.


Master of Arts in Education (Emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction)

College: Education

Program Category: Hybrid

Description: The MA in Education with emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction is a graduate degree program that will prepare students to become master educators for public, private, and governmental institutions. Graduates will be prepared to serve as directors of instruction and curriculum subject matters specialists, supervisors of student teaching and college professors of curriculum and instruction.

Delivery method: This program will use distance education options that combine distance education media with minimal face to face sessions.

Requirements: The degree has a minimum of 33 credit hours and it culminates with a written examination over the program of studies.

Required Core Courses: (15 credits)

(Available through ONLINE instruction)

  • EDUC 515: Multicultural Education
  • EDUC 516: Curriculum and Pedagogy I
  • EDUC 518: Technology and Pedagogy
  • EDUC 519 Research in Curriculum & Pedagogy
  • EDUC 520: Action Research Projects (prerequisite: EDUC 515, EDUC 516, EDUC 518, EDUC 519)

Electives: (minimum of 18 credits)

These credits can be from any related area as long as they are for graduate credit and approved by your advisor.

C & I Electives, 9 cr.
EDLT, RDG, EDUC, BIL, ECED (Available through WebCT instruction)

Electives outside of the C & I department, 9 cr.
CEP, SPED, EMD (Available through ONLINE instruction)

Costs: Current main campus tuition and fees plus a $35 per credit hour distance education fee. See the University Accounts Receivable Tuitions and Fees for the current rate.

Prerequisites: None

To apply:

  1. Admission to NMSU, you may apply two ways:

    Non-degree pending formal admission into the Graduate School, you may transfer up to 9 hours taken under non-degree status. The non-degree application can be accessed at:

    Apply directly to the Graduate School. All courses for the Master of Arts in Education in Curriculum and Instruction are part of a Graduate Program with the College of Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction. NMSU Graduate School link

    Enrollment and acceptance into the College of Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction Master of Arts in Education with Emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction. C&I link
  2. Complete the minimum of 33 credits successfully
  3. Pass a final comprehensive written examination

Accreditation: NMSU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
HLC website
HLC phone: 800-621-7440

Specialized Accreditation:

More info: College of Education

Disabilities: If you have a disability that may affect your performance in a course, or if you require accommodations in order to take a distance education course, contact NMSU's Student Accessibility Services (SAS). Providing accommodations for distance education students sometimes requires more time than in a traditional classroom setting so students are encouraged to begin working with SAS as early as possible.

Updated: 2018-06-06