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.


Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction

College: Education

Program Category: Hybrid

Description: The doctoral program, Curriculum and Instruction, is designed to guide doctoral students in developing a sound theoretical background in curriculum and instruction and to apply these theoretical perspectives to the design, implementation and evaluation of learning environments. Doctoral students are encouraged to explore innovative pedagogical and leadership approaches to solve educational problems in a variety of educational settings. Students are also expected to develop professional leadership in the field through publication, research, service, grant writing, and participation in professional organizations

Delivery method: Three (two-week) sessions on consecutive summers; Canvas throughout remainder of program.

Requirements: The students enrolled in the program are expected to follow a course schedule as given below.

Here is the sequence of our Hybrid program

First Summer I (On Campus)

  • EDUC 603: Curriculum For a Diverse Society 3 credits.
  • EDUC 613: Evaluation of Quantitative Research in Education (Research) 3 credits

Summer I

  • EDUC 637: Social Justice Issues in Education 3 credits.


  • BIL 616: Acquiring Emancipatory Discourses 3 credits
  • EDLT 610: Technology, Society & Education 3 credits


  • EDUC 576: Qualitative Research (Research) 3 credits
  • EDUC 623: Curriculum Mediation for Democratic Communities 3 credits

Second Summer I (On Campus)

  • EDUC 604: Pedagogy of Learning in a Diverse Society 3 credits
  • EDUC 600: Formally CEP 511: Edumetrics (Quantitative Research) 3 credits

Summer II

  • EDUC 605: Independent Study (Focus Area Theoretical Framework) 3 credits.
  • ECED 614: Early Childhood, Communities & Social Policy 3 credits


  • RDG 608: Critical Issues in Literacy Education 3 credits
  • EDUC 607: Current Research in Educational Practice (Focus Area) 3 credits.


  • EDUC 606: In-depth Interviewing: A Qualitative Research Method 3 credits
  • EDUC 698: Selected Topics (Focus Area Intellectual Genealogy) 3 credits

Third Summer (On Campus)

  • EDUC 694: Qualitative Research Designs Seminar 3 credits

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: Master's degree including EDUC 538 (Curriculum Development); EDUC 515 (Multicultural Education); EDUC 518 (Technology and Pedagogy); EDUC 519 (Research in Curriculum & Pedagogy) or their equivalencies.

To apply: Admission to the Curriculum & Instruction doctoral program, interview with Learning Technologies faculty, and acceptance into NMSU's Graduate School.

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

Specialized Accreditation:

More info: Curriculum and Instruction Doctoral Cohort

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