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.

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

College: Education

Program Category: Technology-Based Programs

Description: The MA in Education in Curriculum and Instruction Early Childhood Education program of study is a graduate degree program for persons with a bachelor's degree in early childhood education or a related field who are already teaching or working in early childhood settings. The MA in Education in Curriculum and Instruction Early Childhood Education program prepares candidates for positions requiring levels of understanding and performance different than what the candidate already possesses. The advance degree prepares the early childhood professional for advanced practice in teaching education, engagement with applied research, staff development, and work with families, program management, and engagement in issues, analysis, and advocacy related to early childhood education.

Delivery method: The Master of Arts in Education in Curriculum and Instruction Early Childhood Education is delivered online using Canvas CE 8 as its integrated e-learning system. We encourage you to review the materials and tutorials found under student resources http://learn.nmsu.edu to become familiar with this e-learning system.

Requirements:

Participants must be admitted to the NMSU Graduate School. Students must complete the application for regular graduate admission at http://de.nmsu.edu/ and http://gradadmissions.nmsu.edu/how-to-apply/


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: Bachelor's degree in early childhood education or a related field who are already teaching or working in early childhood settings.

To apply:

  • Apply directly to the Graduate School. http://gradschool.nmsu.edu/
  • Enrollment and acceptance into the College of Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction Master of Arts in Education in Curriculum and Instruction Early Childhood Education. Submit:
    1. Application form (contact juamendo@nmsu.edu to get form)
    2. GPA 3.0 (unofficial transcripts needed)
    3. One year of ECE experience (broad interpretation)
    4. Professional Resume
    5. Response to essay questions within a maximum total of four pages (word-processed).
      1. Why do you want to pursue a graduate degree program in ECE?
      2. What are your strengths and challenges in pursuing a graduate degree?
      3. What do you plan to do with your MA/ECE emphasis degree?
    6. Please send your complete application to:
    7. Dr. Juanita M. Hannan
      Director of Distance Education
      New Mexico State University
      P.O. Box 30001, MSC 3DE
      Las Cruces, NM 88003
      Phone: 575-646-2125

    8. Participation in orientation session.
    9. Successful completion and presentation of Action Research Project.

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 with Teacher Education Accreditation Council to form CAEP (Council for the accreditation of Educator Preparation)

More info: Master of Arts in Education Curriculum and Instruction Early Childhood 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: 2016-08-23

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