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MA Program in Curriculum & Instruction

The Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction offers graduate work in a variety of academic content fields with both elementary and secondary emphases.


Seonsook Park, PhD., Associate Professor, Department Chair
Seonsook Park (1 of 1)Dr. Seonsook Park is Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at New Mexico Highlands University where she teaches graduate courses in Literacy and Reading Education, Bilingual, and TESOL. She received her Ph.D. in Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies from the University of New Mexico. Her research focuses on sociocultural paradigm in a range of settings including second language literacy, identity, English learners, and professional development.

Phone: 505-891-6924
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Melani Buchanan-Farmer, PhD., Visiting Professor of General Education
Phone: 505-891-6935

Ann Wolf, PhD., Assistant Professor of Reading

Ann Wolf is an Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at New Mexico Highlands University. She is the past president of the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) and a reviewer for the Journal of College Reading and Learning and the Journal of College Literacy and Learning. Ann has been an Associate Professor in higher education since 2004 and has published articles in many peer-reviewed professional journals. She was awarded the Robert Griffin Award for Long and Outstanding Service to the College Reading and Learning Association in 2013.

Phone: 505-891-6923
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Eva Yerende, PhD., Assistant Professor of Bilingual/TESOL
Phone: 505-891-6933

Admission requirements:

  • Current licensure for teaching in the State of New Mexico, or the equivalent.

Locations offered:

  • Las Vegas, NM
  • Rio Rancho, NM
  • Santa Fe, NM
  • Farmington, NM

The program is offered both onsite and via Distance Education courses. Courses are also made available through the Educational Outreach Services Department to other sites in New Mexico as requested and pending the availability of the required technology.

Program Requirements:

Core courses 12 credit hours
Emphasis area courses 12 credit hours
Research courses 6 credit hours
Field Project/ Thesis/ Comprehensive Exam 6 credit hours
Total 36 credit hours


Required courses: 12 credit hours 
EDLD 625 Educational Leadership (3)
GNED 645 Sociocultural Factors Affecting Education (3)
GNED 615 Instructional Strategy & Mentoring (3)
GNED 641 Advanced Educational Psychology (3)
GNED 663 Principles of Curriculum Construction (3)


Emphasis Area: 12 credit hours
Students select an emphasis area in consultation with their education adviser and advisers for the field(s) of study selected. Emphasis-area options may be formulated from programs which offer 500- and/or 600- level courses
Emphasis options: Reading Education, Bilingual Education, TESOL, Gifted Education, Advanced Placement, or Various Content Areas


Research Methodology: 6 credit hours
GNED 605 Statistics for Educators (3)
GNED 610 Educational Research Interpretation (3)


Field Project/Thesis/Comprehensive Exam: 6 credit hours Choose ONE of the following:
GNED 697 Field Project (6)  Students must register for field project until complete which may exceed the six credit-hour requirement.
GNED 699 Thesis (6) Students must register for thesis until complete which may exceed the six credit-hour requirement.
Comprehensive Exam (6) Students must complete six additional credits of approved electives instead of the six hours required for the field project/thesis, and must pass a comprehensive examination over the graduate program.