Educational Leadership & Administration (Master's Pk-12 Administration) - Master of Arts

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

Grade point average requirements for the master’s program are consistent with those of the Graduate School (at least a 3.0 GPA from Undergraduate Degree). However, in addition to these requirements, all master’s degree applicants must provide, to the department the following:

  • 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.


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

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 Students will be informed upon their formal acceptance into the program.

Program Delivery

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.

Prefix Title Credits
Course Requirements
ELAD 530Management of Educational Change: Public Schools3
ELAD 531Special Education Administration3
ELAD 564Internship Public Schools Part I3
ELAD 565Internship: Public Schools Part II3
ELAD 570Educational Leadership, Supervision, and Evaluation3
ELAD 575The Principalship3
ELAD 576Educational Financial Management3
ELAD 578Leadership and Administration of Bilingual Education3
ELAD 579Public School Law3
ELAD 586Leadership for Social Justice and Equity3
ELAD 590Basing Decision on Data: Pk-123
Total Credits33

A Suggested Plan of Study

The Master of Arts in Educational Administration with a Concentration in Pk-12 Administration begin enrollment in the Spring semester and has Summer coursework. Students will complete the program in a Spring-Summer-Fall format.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Semester 1Credits
ELAD 575 The Principalship 3
ELAD 586 Leadership for Social Justice and Equity 3
Semester 2
ELAD 578 Leadership and Administration of Bilingual Education 3
ELAD 590 Basing Decision on Data: Pk-12 3
Semester 3
ELAD 570 Educational Leadership, Supervision, and Evaluation 3
ELAD 576 Educational Financial Management 3
Second Year
Semester 1
ELAD 579 Public School Law 3
ELAD 564 Internship Public Schools Part I 3
Semester 2
ELAD 530 Management of Educational Change: Public Schools 3
ELAD 531 Special Education Administration 3
Semester 3
ELAD 565 Internship: Public Schools Part II 3
 Total Credits33