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.


Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning

College: Education

Program Category: Online

Description: OTL is a one or two year program consisting of five 3-credit courses that culminates in an online teaching practicum. Throughout the program, you will design and develop an online course in the subject area of your choice. This will provide you with the opportunity to learn general and subject-specific online teaching and learning principles and strategies. If you are a higher education or K12 educator, a corporate or military trainer, an education and training consultant, or a professional development service provider interested in developing formal online teaching environments, this program is for you.

Delivery method: 100% Online via Canvas and Adobe Connect.

Requirements: Complete the 15 credit hours and attend required synchronous sessions offered in online and face-to-face formats. The courses for this program include:

  • EDLT 560 Fostering Online Learning Communities
  • EDLT 575 Designing and Organizing Online Learning Environments
  • EDLT 580 Tools and Techniques for Online Teaching
  • EDLT 590 Assessing and Evaluating Online Teaching and Learning
  • EDLT 592 Online Teaching Practicum

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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: Have a need or strong interest in becoming a skilled online educator and a minimum of an Bachelors Degree (or equivalent).

To apply: Apply to the OTL Program.

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

Specialized Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education* (As of 2013, NCATE has consolidated wit

More info: Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning

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: 2013-08-15