Educational Leadership & Administration (Pk-12 Administration) - Master of Arts (Online)

The program of study for Pk-12 school administration includes all coursework and internships required by the New Mexico Public Education Department for Administrative Licensure. Students must earn a minimum of a "B-" grade in all required coursework. Students who receive a grade of "C+" or below will be required to retake the course. In addition, students must successfully complete a final department examination, generally done during the final semester of coursework. The department does not offer the thesis option.


Students interested in the Pk-12 school administration must have a current U.S. teaching license and three years of full-time teaching experience in the Pk-12 sector.

Program Delivery

The department uses a hybrid distance education program combining both asynchronous and synchronous delivery technologies. The internships require attendance at monthly seminars that are held face-to-face on the Las Cruces campus. There is a mandatory face-to-face orientation in Las Cruces prior to the start of the spring semester, January. All other coursework in online.

Prefix Title Credits
Course Requirements
ELAD 5110The Principalship3
ELAD 5120Leadership and Administration of Bilingual Education3
ELAD 5130Basing Decision on Data: Pk-123
ELAD 5140Educational Financial Management3
ELAD 5150Public School Law3
ELAD 5160Management of Educational Change: Public Schools3
ELAD 5170Special Education Administration3
ELAD 5180Internship Public Schools Part I3
ELAD 5185Internship: Public Schools Part II3
ELAD 5310Leadership for Social Justice and Equity3
ELAD 5320Educational Leadership, Supervision, and Evaluation3
Total Credits33

A Suggested Plan of Study

The Master of Arts in Educational Administration with a Concentration in Pk-12 Administration begin enrollment in the Spring semester and has Summer coursework. Students will complete the program in a Spring-Summer-Fall format.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Semester 1Credits
ELAD 5110 The Principalship 3
ELAD 5310 Leadership for Social Justice and Equity 3
Semester 2
ELAD 5120 Leadership and Administration of Bilingual Education 3
ELAD 5130 Basing Decision on Data: Pk-12 3
Semester 3
ELAD 5140 Educational Financial Management 3
ELAD 5320 Educational Leadership, Supervision, and Evaluation 3
Second Year
Semester 1
ELAD 5150 Public School Law 3
ELAD 5180 Internship Public Schools Part I 3
Semester 2
ELAD 5160 Management of Educational Change: Public Schools 3
ELAD 5170 Special Education Administration 3
Semester 3
ELAD 5185 Internship: Public Schools Part II 3
 Total Credits33