Education (Secondary Licensure Prep) - Master of Arts (Online)

Secondary Licensure Prep

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 initial teacher licensure as part of the Master of Arts in Education degree program. All coursework 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 (Secondary 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 Core Course Requirements listed below, before admission to the Teacher 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.

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) before student teaching.
  2. Transcripts will be evaluated for any teaching field deficiencies at the request of your Program Director.
  3. Complete all remaining coursework (see below) before the Student Teaching courses.

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

  1. Obtain application information at https://tpal.nmsu.edu/degree-programs/undergraduate-programs/stia.html
  2. Make an appointment with the Program Director for an updated program of study, prior to submitting STEP application.
  3. Before student teaching is approved, the Candidate must pass the Content Knowledge portion of the Praxis Assessment www.ets.org/praxis/nm.
  4. Submit Student Teaching Packet (STEP) on the 1st Friday in March for Fall and the 1st Friday in October for Spring.

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. Before completing student teaching, candidate must pass the Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grade 7-12.
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) 13
EDUC 5160Curriculum and Pedagogy3
EDUC 5130Technology and Pedagogy3
EDUC 5140Research in Curriculum and Pedagogy3
Education Electives (6 credits) 26
Critical Digital Literacy3
Foundations of Learning Design & Technology3
Culturally Responsive Teaching with Technology3
Online Teaching and Learning3
Teaching Methods Courses
READ 5330Content Area Literacy3
Choose one Teaching Methods Course based on the Content Area (3 credits)3
Teaching Science at the Middle and High School Level 13
Teaching Mathematics at the Middle and High School Level 13
Teaching Social Studies at the Middle and High School Level 13
Teaching Language Arts at the Middle and High School Level 13
Student Teaching Block
EDUC 5810Student Teaching6
EDUC 5811Teaching Methods Laboratory3
Total Credits39
1

Field Experience is required, you must complete a background check and fingerprinting process at the beginning of the semester to obtain district clearance. Fliers will be posted each semester in O'Donnell Hall.

2

Other electives can be selected with program director approval. 

Fall start

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Semester 1Credits
EDUC 5120 Multicultural Education 3
SPED 5105 Introduction to Special Education in a Diverse Society 3
EDUC 5130 Technology and Pedagogy 1 3
Must take Praxis Core Academic Skills.
 Credits9
Semester 2
EDUC 5110 Exploration in Education 3
EDUC 5160 Curriculum and Pedagogy 1 3
EDUC 5140 Research in Curriculum and Pedagogy 1 3
Apply for TEP 2
Must take Praxis Content Exam 3
 Credits9
Second Year
Semester 1
Choose one from the following (based on teaching content with field experience): 3
Teaching Science at the Middle and High School Level
Teaching Mathematics at the Middle and High School Level
Teaching Social Studies at the Middle and High School Level
Teaching Language Arts at the Middle and High School Level
READ 4330 Content Area Literacy 3
Elective Course 1 3
Apply for STEP 4
 Credits9
Semester 2
EDUC 5811 Teaching Methods Laboratory 3
EDUC 5810 Student Teaching 6
Elective Course 1 3
Must take Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12.
 Credits12
 Total Credits39
1

The following course requirements can be taken in the semester they are listed, but it is recommended to take at least two of these in a summer session: EDUC 5160 Curriculum and Pedagogy, EDUC 5130 Technology and Pedagogy, EDUC 5140 Research in Curriculum and Pedagogy and Elective Courses

2

 To apply for TEP see the TPAL website

3

 Praxis Core Academic Skills

4

 To apply for STEP see the TPAL website

Spring start

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Semester 1Credits
EDUC 5110 Exploration in Education 3
EDUC 5120 Multicultural Education 3
SPED 5105 Introduction to Special Education in a Diverse Society 3
Must take Praxis Core Academic Skills 1
Apply for TEP 2
 Credits9
Semester 2
Choose one from the following (based on teaching content with field experience): 3
Teaching Science at the Middle and High School Level
Teaching Mathematics at the Middle and High School Level
Teaching Social Studies at the Middle and High School Level
Teaching Language Arts at the Middle and High School Level
READ 5330 Content Area Literacy 3
EDUC 5130 Technology and Pedagogy 3 3
Must take Praxis Content Exam. 1
 Credits9
Second Year
Semester 1
EDUC 5160 Curriculum and Pedagogy 3 3
EDUC 5140 Research in Curriculum and Pedagogy 3 3
Elective Course 3 3
Apply for STEP 4
 Credits9
Semester 2
EDUC 5811 Teaching Methods Laboratory 3
EDUC 5810 Student Teaching 6
Elective Course 3 3
Must take Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12.
 Credits12
 Total Credits39
1

 Praxis Core Academic Skills:

2

 To apply for TEP see the TPAL website

3

The following course requirements can be taken in the semester they are listed, but it is recommended to take at least two of these in a summer session: EDUC 5160 Curriculum and Pedagogy, EDUC 5130 Technology and Pedagogy, EDUC 5140 Research in Curriculum and Pedagogy and Elective Courses

4

 To apply for STEP see the TPAL website