Education (Early Childhood Education) - Master of Arts

Concentration: Early Childhood Education (plus licensure)

The College of Education's School of Teacher Preparation, Administration and Leadership at New Mexico State University offers a 42 credit Master of Arts in Education Plus Licensure in Early Childhood Education 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. A full-time student in this program typically completes in 2 years.

Eligible Participants must:

  • Completed a bachelor's degree in a closely related field with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.
  • Prerequisites may be required depending on BA degree coursework.
  • Be admitted to the NMSU Graduate School
  • Be admitted to the College of Education's School of Teacher Preparation, Administration and Leadership
Prefix Title Credits
Program Requirements
Core Courses
EDUC 515Multicultural Education 13
EDUC 519Research in Curriculum and Pedagogy 13
ECED Licensure Course Work
RDG 550Advanced Teaching and Learning of Literacy3
ECED 540Science/Math Curriculum3
ECED 510Issues in Early Childhood Education3
SPED 550Working with Young Children with Special Needs, Ages 3-83
ECED 520Seminar on Child Development, Assessment and Well-being of Young Children3
RDG 551Literacy Development in Early Childhood3
BLED 505The Bilingual Preschool Child3
ECED 570Play in the Early Childhood Curriculum3
ECED 470Student Teaching/Seminar6
SPED 483Early Childhood SPED Student Teaching6
Total Credits42

Concentration: Early Childhood Education (without licensure)

The program with a concentration in Early Childhood Education (without licensure) is an on-line only 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. This advanced degree prepares the early childhood professional for advanced practice in teaching education, engagement with applied research, staff development, work with families, program management and commitment to issues, analysis and advocacy related to early childhood education.

  • This is an on-line program only
  • You must apply and be admitted to this program before you can begin taking ECED courses (above and beyond applying to the School of Teacher Preparation, Administration and Leadership)
  • For information on how to apply to the program, contact Dr. Michelle Salazar Perez at msp@nmsu.edu
  • Many specialized courses are not offered every semester. Please check with your faculty advisor to plan accordingly
  • For additional information, visit the program website
Prefix Title Credits
Course Requirements
TPAL Core Courses
EDUC 515Multicultural Education3
EDUC 519Research in Curriculum and Pedagogy3
EDUC 520Action Research Projects3
Early Childhood Core Courses
ECED 479Curriculum in Early Childhood Education3
BLED 505The Bilingual Preschool Child3
ECED 612History and Philosophy of Early Childhood Education3
ECED 510Issues in Early Childhood Education3
ECED 515Working with Parents of Young Children3
ECED 530Leadership and Advocacy in Early Childhood3
RDG 551Literacy Development in Early Childhood3
SPED 550Working with Young Children with Special Needs, Ages 3-83
Total Credits33