Education (Curriculum & Instruction) - Master of Arts

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Concentration: Curriculum & Instruction (Plus Licensure)

Elementary Education Focus

The School of Teacher Education & Educational Leadership at New Mexico State University offers an Elementary Teacher Education Program for individuals who have completed a bachelor's degree. The program is designed to meet the professional education course requirements for teacher licensure as a part of a Master of Arts in Education degree program.

Program Completion Requirements:

  1. Apply through NMSU Graduate School main webpage (https://gradschool.nmsu.edu/). Select Intended major "Education" and the concentration you will pursue
  2. After you receive an acceptance letter from the Department of Curriculum & Instruction, contact your faculty advisor within the first semester of enrollment
  3. Complete the MATH 511 Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I prerequisite course
  4. Complete the Core Courses listed below, before admission into the Teaching Education Program

Admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP):

  1. Obtain application information at https://tpal.nmsu.edu/admission/tep-admission/
  2. Make an appointment with the College of Education Advising Center for degree check prior to TEP portfolio
  3. Pass NSE Essential Academic Exams: Reading, Writing and Math. Information can be found at https://www.nestest.com/
  4. Submit TEP portfolio to the College of Education Advising Center no later than 12:00 noon (MST) on the 2nd Friday in March for Spring or the 2nd Friday in October for Fall. TEP portfolio must be successfully reviewed prior to enrolling in Teaching Methods Courses.

Completing Teaching Methods Block Courses:

  1. Fall Block (see below)
  2. Spring Block (see below)
  3. Pass NSE Elementary Education Subtests I & II before or during Block B https://www.nestest.com/
  4. Earn a grade of B or better in all courses

Student Teaching Entry Portfolio (STEP)

  1. Obtain application information at https://education.nmsu.edu/student/tep/stia/
  2. Make an appointment with the Advisement Center for a Degree Check
  3. Before student teaching is approved, the Candidate must pass NES Elementary Subtest I & II
  4. Submit Student Teaching Packet (STEP) on the 1st Friday in March for Spring and the 1st Friday in October in Fall

Student Teaching- must be completed during the final semester

  1. Take EDUC 509 and EDUC 510 concurrently during student teaching (16-week Student Teaching Internship and Seminar)
  2. Pass NES Professional Knowledge and Reading Instruction Exams during student teaching semester https://www.nestest.com/
  3. Defend Action Research Project during student teaching semester in EDUC 509
Prefix Title Credits
Course List
TPAL Core Courses18
Introduction to Special Education in a Diverse Society (TEP Prerequisite)3
Multicultural Education (TEP Prerequisite)3
Exploration in Education (TEP Prerequisite)3
Curriculum and Pedagogy I3
Technology and Pedagogy3
Research in Curriculum and Pedagogy3
Teaching Methods Block Courses15
Fall Block
Elementary School Literacy II3
Methods of Teaching Elementary School Social Studies3
Spring Block
Elementary School Literacy I3
Methods of Teaching Elementary School Science3
Methods of Teaching Elementary School Mathematics3
Student Teaching Block6
Teaching Methods Laboratory3
Internship/Student Teaching6
Total Credits39

 Secondary Education Focus

The School of Teacher Preparation, Administration and Leadership (TPAL) at New Mexico State University offers a Secondary Teacher Education Program for individuals who have completed a bachelor's degree. This program is designed to meet the professional education course requirements for teacher licensure as part of the Master of Arts in Education degree program. All coursewek must be completed before the final student teaching semester.

Program Completion Requirements:

  1. Apply through NMSU Graduate School main webpage (https://gradschool.nmsu.edu/). Select Intended major "Education" and the concentration you will pursue
  2. After you receive an acceptance letter from the Department of Curriculum & Instruction, contact your faculty advisor within the first semester of enrollment
  3. Complete the Core Course Requirements listed below, before admission to the Teaching Education Program

Admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP):

  1. Obtain application information at https://tpal.nmsu.edu/admission/tep-admission/
  2. Make an appointment with the College of Education Advising Center for degree check prior to TEP portfolio
  3. Pass NSE Essential Academic Exams: Reading, Writing and Math. Information can be found at https://www.nestest.com/
  4. Submit TEP portfolio to the College of Education Advising Center no later than 12:00 noon (MST) on the 2nd Friday in March for Spring or the 2nd Friday in October for Fall. TEP portfolio must be successfully reviewed prior to enrolling in Teaching Methods Courses.

Teaching Field & Other Course Completion Requirements:

  1. Complete all the requirements for a teaching field in Secondary Education (English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies)
  2. Transcripts will be evaluated for any teaching field deficiencies at the request of your advisor
  3. Complete all remaining coursework (see below) not counting the Student Teaching courses

Student Teaching Entry Portfolio (STEP)- one semester prior to student teaching

  1. Obtain application information at https://education.nmsu.edu/student/tep/stia/
  2. Make an appointment with the Advisement Center for a Degree Check, prior to submitting STEP application
  3. Before student teaching is approved, the Candidate must pass the Content Knowledge portion of the NES Assessment with a passing score of 220.
  4. Submit Student Teaching Packet (STEP) on the 1st Friday in March for Fall (by 3:00pm) and the 1st Friday in October for Spring (by 3:00pm)

Student Teaching- must be completed during the final semester

  1. Take EDUC 509 and EDUC 510 concurrently during student teaching (16-week Student Teaching Internship and Seminar)
  2. Before completing student teaching, candidate must pass the Assessment of Professional Knowledge for Secondary portion of the NES Assessment with a passing score of 220 or better
Prefix Title Credits
Course List
TPAL Core Courses24
Introduction to Special Education in a Diverse Society (TEP Prerequisite)3
Multicultural Education (TEP Prerequisite)3
Exploration in Education (TEP Prerequisite (Spring Only)) 13
Curriculum and Pedagogy I3
Technology and Pedagogy3
Research in Curriculum and Pedagogy3
Education Electives (6 credits)
Issues in Schooling for Bilingual Learners3
Literacy-Language Instruction for Bilingual Students3
Bilingual/Multicultural Schooling and Community Relations3
Second Language Acquisition3
Pedagogy of TESOL3
Adult and Family Literacy in TESOL3
Classroom Management3
Critical Digital Literacy3
Foundations of Learning Design & Technology3
Culturally Responsive Teaching with Technology3
Online Teaching and Learning3
History and Philosophy of Education3
Basing Decision on Data: Pk-123
Language and Literacy Acquisition3
Theory and Pedagogy of Literature for Children and Adolescents3
Current Issues in Special Education for Teaching in Culturally Responsive Society3
Reading for Secondary Exceptional Learners in a Diverse Society, 7-123
Technology and Exceptionality in a Diverse Society3
Classroom Management for Diverse Learners3
Curriculum, Methods, and Materials for Secondary Special Education3
Teaching Methods Courses6
Content Area Literacy3
Teaching Methods in the Content Area (3 credits)
Teaching Language Arts at the Middle and High School Level3
Teaching Social Studies at the Middle and High School Level 13
Teaching Mathematics at the Middle and High School Level 13
Teaching Science at the Middle and High School Level 13
Student Teaching Block6
Teaching Methods Laboratory3
Internship/Student Teaching3-6
Total Credits36

Concentration: Curriculum & Instruction (without Licensure)

The program with a concentration in Curriculum & Instruction/Multicultural Education is a 30 credit (minimum) program of study including elective/minor courses (9-12 credits).

Prefix Title Credits
Course Requirements
TPAL Core Courses12
Multicultural Education3
Curriculum and Pedagogy I3
Research in Curriculum and Pedagogy3
Action Research Projects 13
Additional TPAL Courses9
Directed Study Courses in Education1-3
Critical Race Theory & Storytelling in Educational Spaces3
Multicultural Leadership in Education3
Students select a minor in Native American Studies (9 cr), Gender and Sexuality Studies (9-12 cr), or 9 credits of electives in Criminal Justice9-12
Total Credits30-33

A Suggested Plan of Study for Students

Concentration: Curriculum & Instruction (Plus Licensure)

Elementary Education (Full-time)

All block Fall & Spring courses must be taken as a block in the same section.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
Take Essential Academic Skills  
MATH 511 Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I 1 3
SPED 500 Introduction to Special Education in a Diverse Society 1 3
EDUC 515 Multicultural Education 1 3
 Credits9
Spring
Apply to TEP  
EDUC 530 Exploration in Education 1 3
EDUC 516 Curriculum and Pedagogy I 3
EDUC 519 Research in Curriculum and Pedagogy 3
 Credits9
Second Year
Fall
Take Content Exams  
RDG 561 Elementary School Literacy II 2 3
EDUC 554 Methods of Teaching Elementary School Social Studies 2 3
EDUC 518 Technology and Pedagogy 3
 Credits9
Spring
Submit STEP Packet  
RDG 560 Elementary School Literacy I 2 3
EDUC 551 Methods of Teaching Elementary School Science 2 3
EDUC 552 Methods of Teaching Elementary School Mathematics 2 3
 Credits9
Third Year
Fall
Take Professional Knowledge & Reading Instruction Exams  
EDUC 509 Teaching Methods Laboratory 2 3
EDUC 510 Internship/Student Teaching 2 6
 Credits9
 Total Credits45

Concentration: Curriculum & Instruction (Plus Licensure)

Secondary Education (Fall start)

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Semester 1Credits
EDUC 515 Multicultural Education 3
SPED 500 Introduction to Special Education in a Diverse Society 3
EDUC 518 Technology and Pedagogy 1 3
Must take NES Essential Academic Skills 2  
 Credits9
Semester 2
EDUC 530 Exploration in Education 3
EDUC 516 Curriculum and Pedagogy I 1 3
EDUC 519 Research in Curriculum and Pedagogy 1 3
Apply for TEP 3  
Must take NES Content Exam 4  
 Credits9
Second Year
Semester 1
Choose one from the following (based on teaching content with field experience): 3
Teaching Language Arts at the Middle and High School Level  
Teaching Social Studies at the Middle and High School Level  
Teaching Mathematics at the Middle and High School Level  
Teaching Science at the Middle and High School Level  
RDG 514 Content Area Literacy 3
Elective Course 1 3
Apply for STEP 5  
 Credits9
Semester 2
EDUC 509 Teaching Methods Laboratory 3
EDUC 510 Internship/Student Teaching 3
Elective Course 1 3
Must take NES Professional Knowledge Exam 6  
 Credits9
 Total Credits36

Secondary Education (Spring start)

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Semester 1Credits
EDUC 530 Exploration in Education 3
EDUC 515 Multicultural Education 3
SPED 500 Introduction to Special Education in a Diverse Society 3
Must take NES Essential Academic Skills 1  
Apply for TEP 2  
 Credits9
Semester 2
Choose one from the following (based on teaching content with field experience): 3
Teaching Language Arts at the Middle and High School Level  
Teaching Social Studies at the Middle and High School Level  
Teaching Mathematics at the Middle and High School Level  
Teaching Science at the Middle and High School Level  
RDG 514 Content Area Literacy 3
EDUC 518 Technology and Pedagogy 3 3
Must take NES Content Exam 4  
 Credits9
Second Year
Semester 1
EDUC 516 Curriculum and Pedagogy I 3 3
EDUC 519 Research in Curriculum and Pedagogy 3 3
Elective Course 3 3
Apply for STEP 5  
 Credits9
Semester 2
EDUC 509 Teaching Methods Laboratory 3
EDUC 510 Internship/Student Teaching 3
Elective Course 3 3
Must take NES Professional Knowledge Exam 6  
 Credits9
 Total Credits36