Educational Administration - Master of Arts

The Master of Arts (M.A.) in educational administration focuses on two areas: Pk-12 school administration and higher education. 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.

Admission Application: Pk-12 School Administration

Grade point average requirements for the master’s program are consistent with those of the Graduate School. However, in addition to these requirements, all master’s degree applicants must provide, to the department, a one-page letter of application indicating career interests and reasons for wanting to pursue a master’s degree in the department; a professional résumé; a two-page professional or academic writing sample; official document showing three years of Pk-12 teaching experience; copy of current U.S. teaching license; and three letters of recommendation. The letters of support must be mailed directly to the department from the writer. The ELA admissions committee bases admissions decisions on this portfolio and will not consider incomplete applications.

Prerequisites: Pk-12 School Administration

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.

Application Deadline: Pk-12 School Administration

This program begins in the spring semester only. All materials for this program must be received by the deadline specified on the ELA website. Admission requirements are available from the Department of Educational Leadership and Administration, or on the website at https://ela.nmsu.edu/index/academics/mainal/. Students will be informed upon their formal acceptance into the program.

Program Delivery: Pk-12 School Administration

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.

Pk-12 Required Coursework, 33 credit hours

ELA 530Management of Educational Change3
ELA 531Special Education Administration3
ELA 564Internship Public Schools Part I3
ELA 565Internship: Public Schools Part II3
ELA 570Educational Leadership, Supervision, and Evaluation3
ELA 575The Principalship3
ELA 576Educational Financial Management3
ELA 578Leadership and Administration of Bilingual Education3
ELA 579Public School Law3
ELA 586Multicultural Leadership in Education3
ELA 590Basing Decision on Data: Pk-123
Total Credits33

Admission Application: Higher Education Administration

Applicants must meet the basic admission requirements of the Graduate School before they are considered for admission. In addition, applicants must provide, to the ELA department, a one-page letter of application indicating career interests and reasons for wanting to pursue a master's degree; a professional résumé; a two-page professional or academic writing sample; and three letters of recommendation. The letters of support must be mailed directly to the department from the writer. The ELA admissions committee will not consider incomplete applications.  

Prerequisite: Higher Education Administration

Students interested in higher education administration must have a bachelor's degree.

Application Deadline: Higher Education Administration

This program begins in the spring semester only. All materials for this program must be received by the deadline specified on the ELA website. Admission requirements are available from the Department of Educational Leadership and Administration, or on the website at http://ela.nmsu.edu/index/academics/mainhied/. Students will be informed upon their formal acceptance into the program.

Program Delivery: Higher Education Administration

There is a mandatory face-to-face orientation in Las Cruces prior to the start of the spring semester, January.  All other classes are 100% online, distance delivery.

Higher Education Required Coursework, 33 credit hours

ELA 530Management of Educational Change3
ELA 540Management of Student Services in Higher Education3
ELA 550Higher Education Law3
ELA 555Higher Education Finance and Funding3
ELA 563Higher Education Administration3
or ELA 582 Community College Administration
ELA 566Internship: Higher Education Part I3
ELA 567Internship: Higher Education Part II3
ELA 569Basing Decision on Data: Higher Education.3
ELA 580Administration of Adult and Continuing Education3
ELA 585Elements of Research3
ELA 586Multicultural Leadership in Education3
Total Credits33