Education (Elementary Licensure Prep) - Master of Arts

Elementary Licensure Prep

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 (Elementary Licensure Prep)" as this is 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/admissions/tep-admission/
  2. Make an appointment with the program director for a program of study prior to TEP portfolio
  3. Pass Praxis Core Academic Exams: Reading, Writing and Math. Information can be found at www.ets.org/praxis/nm
  4. Submit TEP portfolio to the College of Education Advising Center no later than 12:00 noon (MST) on the 3rd Friday in February for Spring, the 3rd Friday in September for Fall, or the 3rd Friday in July for Summer. 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 Praxis Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment before or during Block B www.ets.org/praxis/nm
  4. Earn a grade of B or better in all courses

Student Teaching Entry Portfolio (STEP)

  1. Obtain application information at https://tpal.nmsu.edu/degree-programs/undergraduate-programs/stia.html
  2. Make an appointment with the Program Director for a program of study
  3. Before student teaching is approved, the Candidate must include passing scores for Praxis Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment.
  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 5811 and EDUC 5810 concurrently during student teaching (16-week Student Teaching Internship and Seminar)
  2. Pass Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grade K-6 and Teaching Reading: Elementary exams during student teaching semester www.ets.org/praxis/nm
  3. Defend Evidence of Student Learning project during student teaching semester in EDUC 5811
Prefix Title Credits
Course List
TPAL Core Courses
SPED 5105Introduction to Special Education in a Diverse Society (TEP Prerequisite)3
EDUC 5120Multicultural Education (TEP Prerequisite)3
EDUC 5110Exploration in Education (TEP Prerequisite)3
EDUC 5160Curriculum and Pedagogy (TEP Prerequisite)3
EDUC 5130Technology and Pedagogy3
EDUC 5140Research in Curriculum and Pedagogy3
Teaching Methods Block Courses
Fall Block
READ 5320Elementary School Literacy II3
EDUC 5330Methods of Teaching Elementary School Social Studies3
Spring Block
READ 5310Elementary School Literacy I3
EDUC 5310Methods of Teaching Elementary School Science3
EDUC 5320Methods of Teaching Elementary School Mathematics3
Student Teaching Block
EDUC 5811Teaching Methods Laboratory3
EDUC 5810Student Teaching6
Total Credits42

Full-time

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

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
Take Praxis Core Academic Skills. These courses are pre/corequisites for Teacher Education Program (TEP) portfolio submission.
Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I (Prerequisite Course)
EDUC 5120 Multicultural Education 3
SPED 5105 Introduction to Special Education in a Diverse Society 3
 Credits6
Spring
Apply to TEP. These courses are pre/corequisites for Teacher Education Program (TEP) portfolio submission.
EDUC 5110 Exploration in Education 3
EDUC 5160 Curriculum and Pedagogy 3
EDUC 5140 Research in Curriculum and Pedagogy 3
 Credits9
Second Year
Fall
Take Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment. RDG 5320 and EDUC 5330 require acceptance into TEP.
READ 5320 Elementary School Literacy II 3
EDUC 5330 Methods of Teaching Elementary School Social Studies 3
EDUC 5130 Technology and Pedagogy 3
 Credits9
Spring
Submit STEP Packet. These courses require acceptance into TEP.
READ 5310 Elementary School Literacy I 3
EDUC 5310 Methods of Teaching Elementary School Science 3
EDUC 5320 Methods of Teaching Elementary School Mathematics 3
 Credits9
Third Year
Fall
Take Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K-6 and Teaching Reading: Elementary. These two courses require acceptance into TEP.
EDUC 5811 Teaching Methods Laboratory 3
EDUC 5810 Student Teaching 6
 Credits9
 Total Credits42