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Educational Leadership

Master of Arts in Educational Leadership (MA)

This program is structured around three components: required core, emphasis area, and research methodology.

Two options are available for master’s degree candidates in educational leadership.

Option One: is to pursue a master’s degree with eligibility for a New Mexico K-12 school administrator license. Stipulations for admission to this option is that candidates will have received licensure for teaching in the state of New Mexico or the equivalent AND have a minimum of six (6) years of licensed K-12 teaching.

Option Two: is to pursue a master’s degree without eligibility for a New Mexico K-12 school administrator license. This option is tailored for candidates who do not have a teaching license or teaching experience or wish the leadership and administrative knowledge obtained from the program. Candidates who choose this option would take all course requirements except the two semesters (six credit hours) of Internship. Instead they would take two additional three-credit elective courses approved by their adviser in the program to meet the 36-hour MA requirements.

Required courses: 18 credit hours

EDLD 600 Instructional Leadership & Organizational Change (3)
EDLD 615 School Finance & Resource Allocation (3)
EDLD 620 Legal Issues for School Leaders (3)
EDLD 640 Supervision & Evaluation of Personnel (3)
EDLD 660 Data-Informed Instructional Leadership (3)
EDLD 680 Reflective Leadership (3)

Option One (6 credit hours):
EDLD 698 Internship 1 (3) (Required for all K-12 licensure candidates)
EDLD 698 Internship 2 (3) (Required for all K-12 licensure candidates)

Option Two Electives (6 credit hours):
EDLD 610 Action Research in Education (3)
EDLD 625 Educational Leadership & Principal-ship (3)
EDLD 630 School Community Relations (3)
EDLD 5/635 Selected Topics in EDLD (1-3)
GNED 663 Principles of Curriculum Construction (3)
EDLD 690 Independent Study (1-4)

Research Methodology: 6 credit hours

GNED 605 Statistics for Educators (3)
GNED 610 Educational Research Interpretations (3)
Field Project/Thesis/Comprehensive Exam: 6 credit hours
EDLD 697 Field Project (6)
OR
EDLD 699 Thesis (6)*
*Students must register for thesis until complete which may exceed the six credit-hour requirement.
OR
Comprehensive Exam (6)*

*Comprehensive exam option: Students must complete six more credits of approved electives. In addition, the students must pass a comprehensive examination over the graduate program. This examination may not be taken until after midterms in the last semester of coursework.

Program total 36: credit hours


Educational Leadership Certificate

Candidates seeking to complete the certificate program leading to licensure for the purpose of attaining education administration licensure must hold an MA or MS and a New Mexico level III teacher licensure. Candidates for the certificate program are expected to complete 18 credit hours of coursework from the educational leadership core course sequence (with allowance for up to two curse substitutions from the educational leadership emphasis area, based on the candidate’s job interest and needs). Additionally, candidates are required to complete six credit hours of university-supervised administrative internship (over two semesters).

Required courses: 24 credit hours

EDLD 600 Educational Leadership and Organizational Change (3)
EDLD 615 School Finance and Resource Allocation (3)
EDLD 620 Legal Issues for School Leaders (3)
EDLD 640 Instructional Leadership, Supervision, and Evaluation (3)
EDLD 660 Data Informed Instructional Leadership (3)
EDLD 680 Reflective Leadership (3)
EDLD 698 Educational Leadership Internship 1(3) ***
EDLD 698 Educational Leadership Internship 2 (3) ***

Certificate total credit hours required: 24 credit hours

***Licensure candidates are permitted to substitute a core course (600-680) with a course from the EDLD emphasis area (listed below). Such requests are based on the candidate’s job desire and needs, based on a written request from the student specifying the need and value of the substitution, and with signature approval of the adviser and department chair. Internships (EDLD 698 I & II) are required by the NNMPED and do not qualify for substitution.

EDLD 611 Action Research in Education (3)
EDLD 625 Educational Leadership and the Principal-ship (3)
EDLD 630 School Community Relations (3)
EDLD 635 ST: Educational Leadership (3)
EDLD 690 Independent Study (3)


This degree is under the Graduate School of Education