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School of Education Teacher Education Programs

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Teacher Education Department Programs

Major in Early Childhood Multicultural Education (AA) | Major in Early Childhood Multicultural Education (BA) Age 3 to Grade 3 | Major in Early Childhood Multicultural Education- Birth to Age 4 | General Science Degrees for Secondary School Teachers | MA Program in Curriculum & Instruction | Major in Elementary Education (BA) | Minor in General Sciences for Elementary School Teachers (Grades K – 8) | Major in Math and Computer Science for Secondary School Teachers (Grades 7-12)| Minor in Early Childhood Multicultural Education | Minor in English as a Second Language (ESL) | Minor in Math and Computer Science for Elementary School Teachers (Grades K-8) | Secondary Education Major | Secondary Education Minor or Certificate | Minor in Bilingual Education/TESOL(Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages)

Additional Certificates

Advanced Placement Certificate | Bilingual Education Certificate | Reading Certificate | Secondary Certificate Program Leading to Licensure | TESOL Certificate


Major in Early Childhood Multicultural Education (AA)

Required courses: 29 credit hours

ECME 300 Professionalism (2)

ECME 301 Health, Safety & Nutrition (2)

ECME 302 Child Growth, Development & Learning (3)

ECME 303 Family & Community Collaboration I (3)

ECME 304 Curriculum Development through Play-Birth through Age 4 (3)

ECME 305 Guiding Young Children (3)

ECME 306 Curriculum Development & Implementation (Age 3 through Grade 3) (3)

ECME 315 Introduction to Reading & Literacy Development (3)

ECME 328 Assessment of Children & Evaluation of Programs I (3)

ECME 332 Curriculum Development through Play-Birth through Age 4 Practicum (2)

ECME 334 Curriculum Development & Implementation Practicum- Age 3 through Grade 3 (2)

Major Total: 29 credit hours

Core Total: 35 credit hours

Extended Core: 5 credit hours

Total for Degree: 69 credit hours*

*Total units for the degree may exceed 69 credit hours if proficiency courses are required. The University requires a minimum of 69 credit hours for this degree.


Major in Early Childhood Multicultural Education (BA): Age 3 to Grade 3

The early childhood multicultural education program is a four-year, or 67-hour, Bachelor of Arts degree. The program prepares classroom teachers and other professionals to work with children from Age 3 to Grade 3. The program fulfills the NMPED competency requirements which include child growth, development and learning; developmentally appropriate content; learning environments and curriculum implementation; and health, safety and nutrition assessment and professionalism. The program meets the state requirements of teacher certification/licensure for teaching PK to grade 3 in the public schools and the early childhood special education, or developmentally delayed, preschool classroom. Students majoring in early childhood education are not required to take a minor.

Professional Education: 68 credit hours

ECME 300 Professionalism (2)
ECME 301 Health, Safety & Nutrition (2)
ECME 302 Child Growth, Development and Learning (3)
ECME 303 Family & Community Collaboration (3)
ECME 304 Curriculum Development Implementation: Birth – Age 4 (3)
ECME 305 Guiding Young Children (3)
ECME 306 Curriculum Development & Implementation: Age 3 – Grade 3 (3)
ECME 315 Introduction to Language, Literacy & Reading (3)
ECME 328 Assessment of Children & Evaluation of Programs 1 (3)
ECME 403 Family, Language & Culture (3)
ECME 411 Teaching & Learning Reading & Writing (3)
ECME 413 Teaching & Learning Math & Science (4)
ECME 414 Teaching & Learning Social Studies (3)
ECME 420 Research in Child Growth, Development & Learning (3)
ECME 428 Assessment of Children & Evaluation of Programs 2 (3)
ECME 482 Young Children with Diverse Abilities (3)
RDED Reading Elective Credits (3)
GNED 445 Knowledge of the Profession (3)

Field Experience and Practicums: 15 credit hours

ECME 332 Practicum Curriculum Develop & Play: Birth – Age 4 (2)
ECME 334 Practicum Curriculum Develop & Play: Age 3 – Grade 3 (2)
ECME 415 Teaching & Learning Practicum (2)
ECME 452 Early Childhood Education Student Teaching (9)

Major Total: 68 credit hours

Education Required Core: 57credit hours

Degree Total: 125 hours

This major does not require a minor. The degree total may be exceeded if proficiency courses are needed.

In addition to the above requirements, students must have passed the National Evaluation Systems (NES) Assessment of Academic Skills to be approved for student teaching. Licensing for early childhood education teaching in the State of New Mexico requires passing the National Evaluations Systems (NES) Assessment of Academic Skills and the New Mexico Teacher Assessment (NMTA) Teacher Competency in Early Childhood Education examination.


Major in Early Childhood Multicultural Education- Birth to Age 4

The early childhood multicultural education program is a four-year, or 62-hour, Bachelor of Arts degree. The program prepares classroom teachers and other professionals to work with children from Birth to Age 4. The program fulfills the NMPED competency requirements which include child growth, development and learning; developmentally appropriate content; learning environments and curriculum implementation; and health, safety and nutrition assessment and professionalism. The program meets the state requirements of teacher certification/licensure for teaching Birth to Age 4 in the public schools Pre-K and the early childhood special education, or developmentally delayed, preschool classroom, and home visitation programs. Students majoring in early childhood education are not required to take a minor.

Professional Education: 63 credit hours

ECME 300 Professionalism (2)

ECME 301 Health, Safety & Nutrition (2)

ECME 302 Child Growth, Development and Learning (3)

ECME 303 Family & Community Collaboration (3)

ECME 304 Curriculum Development Implementation: Birth – Age 4 (3)

ECME 305 Guiding Young Children (3)

ECME 306 Curriculum Development & Implementation: Age 3 – Grade 3 (3)

ECME 315 Introduction to Language, Literacy & Reading (3)

ECME 328 Assessment of Children & Evaluation of Programs 1 (3)

ECME 403 Family, Language & Culture (3)

ECME 417 Emergent Literacy (3)

ECME 420 Research in Child Growth, Development & Learning (3)

ECME 424 Integrated Curriculum: Birth – Age 4 (4)

ECME 431 Advanced Caregiving for Infants & Toddlers (3)

ECME 482 Young Children of Diverse Abilities (3)

GNED 445 Knowledge of the Profession (3)

Field Experience and Practicums: 15 credit hours

ECME 332 Practicum Curriculum Develop & Play: Birth – Age 4 (2)

ECME 334 Practicum Curriculum Develop & Play: Age 3 – Grade 3 (2)

ECME 425 Integrated Curriculum Practicum (2)

ECME 452 Early Childhood Education Student Teaching (9)

Elective Credits: 1 hour

Major Total: 63 credit hours

Education Required Core: 57 credit hours

Degree Total: 120 hours

This major does not require a minor. The degree total may be exceeded if proficiency courses are needed.

Major in Early Childhood Multicultural Education- Birth to Age 4 Non- Licensure

The early childhood multicultural education program has a four-year, or 62-hour, Bachelor of Arts degree. The program prepares classroom teachers and other professionals to work with children from Birth to Age 4. The program fulfills the NMPED competency requirements which include child growth, development and learning; developmentally appropriate content; learning environments and curriculum implementation; and health, safety and nutrition assessment and professionalism. Students majoring in early childhood education are not required to take a minor.

Professional Education: 63 credit hours

ECME 300 Professionalism (2)

ECME 301 Health, Safety & Nutrition (2)

ECME 302 Child Growth, Development and Learning (3)

ECME 303 Family & Community Collaboration (3)

ECME 304 Curriculum Development Implementation: Birth – Age 4 (3)

ECME 305 Guiding Young Children (3)

ECME 306 Curriculum Development & Implementation: Age 3 – Grade 3 (3)

ECME 315 Introduction to Language, Literacy & Reading (3)

ECME 328 Assessment of Children & Evaluation of Programs 1 (3)

ECME 403 Family, Language & Culture (3)

ECME 417 Emergent Literacy (3)

ECME 420 Research in Child Growth, Development & Learning (3)

ECME 424 Integrated Curriculum: Birth – Age 4 (4)

ECME 431 Advanced Caregiving for Infants & Toddlers (3)

ECME 482 Young Children of Diverse Abilities (3)

Elective Credits (13)

Field Experience and Practicums: 15 credit hours

ECME 332 Practicum Curriculum Develop & Play: Birth – Age 4 (2)

ECME 334 Practicum Curriculum Develop & Play: Age 3 – Grade 3 (2)

ECME 425 Integrated Curriculum Practicum (2)

Major Total: 63 credit hours

Education Required Core: 57 credit hours

Degree Total: 120

This major does not require a minor. The degree total may be exceeded if proficiency courses are needed.


General Science Degrees for Secondary School Teachers:

Major in General Science for Secondary School Teachers (Grades 7 – 12)

The purpose of the major is to provide science teachers in training with a fundamentally strong background in the basic sciences. Therefore, a greater pool of talent in the field of science education will be created from which surrounding middle schools and high schools can draw. The program has been designed to emphasize the fundamental understanding of both physical and life sciences. Courses will be selected from biology, geology, chemistry, computer science, and physics. The objectives of the general science major are to:

1) Provide science teachers in training with a multidisciplinary program that will adequately prepare them to teach the science courses expected in middle school and high school science programs.

2) Prepare science teachers to develop each of the competencies required by the State Board of Education for licensure in science education

Students must complete the NMHU Core Curriculum requirements, which should include a minimum of Math 140 and eight credits from the lab sciences listed below. Math 211 and Math 160 are required for the BS rather than a BA degree. The BS degree is recommended for students preparing to teach high school.

Required core: 49 credit hours

Biol 211 General Biology 1 (4)
Biol 212 General Biology 2 (4)
Chem 211 General Chemistry 1 (3)
Chem 212 General Chemistry 2 (3)
Chem 215 General Chemistry Lab 1 (2)
Chem 216 General Chemistry Lab 2 (2)
CS 144 Introduction to Computer Science (3)
Geol 101 Survey of Earth Science (4)
Geol 202 Earth Histories (4)
Biol 420 Teaching Science & Math in Secondary School (3)

Choose one set from the following:

Phys 151 Algebra Physics 1 (4)
Phys 152 Algebra Physics 2 (4)
OR
Phys 291 Calculus Physics 1 (5)
Phys 292 Calculus Physics 2 (5)
Choose one of the following:
Biol 359 Fundamentals of Lab Safety (1)
Chem 359 Fundamentals of Lab Safety (1)

Total Core: 43 credit hours

Electives: 16 credit hours

With the advice of a science advisor, select at least one course from each of biology, chemistry and geology for a minimum of 16 credits above the 300 level. In addition the student must undertake a minor in secondary education. Students must fulfill requirements for entrance to teacher preparation and licensure. Please refer to the School of Education for details.

Major Total: 59 credit hours

 



Minor in General Science for Elementary School Teachers (Grades K – 5)

The purpose of the minor is to provide elementary school teachers in training with a strong background in a variety of concepts in life science, physical science, and earth and space science. Students should consult with an advisor early in their academic career to select the appropriate courses and avoid possible problems with prerequisites or scheduling. Not all of the 300- or 400- level classes are offered every semester or even every year. The objectives of the general science minor are to:

  • Provide pre-service elementary teachers with a program that will adequately prepare and encourage them to teach the most fundamental science concepts to students at the elementary school level.
  • Broaden the scope of science to elementary school teachers in training, so they will be well versed in all aspects of science allowing them to develop methods in which to relay the content material to their students so that the students can fully understand the concepts. This minor does not satisfy the Secondary School endorsement requirements (grades 7-12) for the State of New Mexico.

 


Minor in Early Childhood Multicultural Education

Early childhood multicultural education offers an undergraduate minor field that may be selected by students majoring in elementary education, special education or other related fields. Early childhood multicultural education is a valuable specialization field for those intending to work with newborns to 8-year-old children. Additional courses beyond the minor in early childhood multicultural education are required for a teaching license.

Required courses: 29 credit hours

ECME 300 Professionalism (2)
ECME 301 Health, Safety & Nutrition (2)
ECME 302 Child Growth, Development and Learning (3)
ECME 303 Family & Community Collaboration I (3)
ECME 304 Curriculum Dev Play: Birth – Age 4 (3)
ECME 305 Guiding Young Children (3)
ECME 306 Curriculum Dev Implementation: Age 3 – Grade 3 (3)
ECME 315 Introduction to Language, Literacy and Reading (3)
ECME 328 Assessment of Children & Evaluation of Programs I (3)
ECME 332 Practicum Dev Play: Birth – Age 4 (2)
ECME 334 Practicum Curriculum Dev: Age 3 – Grade 3 (2)

Minor Total: 29 credit hours


Major in Math and Computer Science for Secondary School Teachers (Grades 7-12)

This major requires a core of courses from mathematics and computer science. Graduates of the program will be equipped to teach both mathematics and computer science in secondary schools. The purpose of the major is to provide secondary school teachers in training with a fundamentally strong background in mathematics and computer science. This will create a greater pool of talent in math and computer science education from which middle and high school teachers can be drawn. The program has been designed to emphasize the fundamental understanding of both mathematics and computer science.

The objectives of the math and computer science major are to:

Provide secondary teachers in training a program that will adequately prepare and encourage them to teach the expected mathematics and computing courses to students in middle and high school math and computer science programs.

Train math teachers to develop each of the competencies required by the State Board of Education for licensure in math education.

Broaden the scope of mathematics and computing to secondary school teachers in training, allowing them to develop methods in which to relay the content material to their students so that the students can fully understand what is being taught.

Provide secondary teachers in training with the background so they can assume responsibility for managing the computing facilities at their school.

Prerequisite courses: 6 credit hours

MATH 140 College Algebra (3*)

MATH 160 Precalculas (5)

*Applies to university proficiency requirement.


Minor in Math and Computer Science for Elementary School Teachers (Grades K-8)

The purpose of this minor is to provide elementary school teachers in training with a fundamentally strong background in mathematics and computer science. The objectives of the math and computer science minor are to:

Provide elementary teachers in training a program that will adequately prepare and encourage them to teach the fundamental concepts of mathematics and computing to students at the elementary level.

Broaden the scope of mathematics and computing to elementary school teachers in training, allowing them to develop methods in which to relay the content material to their students so that the students can fully understand what is being taught.

Provide elementary teachers in training with the background so they can assume responsibility for managing the computing facilities at their school.

Prerequisites: 9 credit hours

MATH 115 Math for Elementary Teachers 1 (3)

MATH 130 Math for Elementary Teachers 2 (3)

CS 101 Living with Computers (3)

Required courses: 15 credit hours

MATH 140 College Algebra (3)

MATH 160 Precalculas (5)

CS 144 Introduction to Computer Science (3)

CS 145 Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming (3)

CS 245 Advanced Computer Programming (3)

Electives: 12 credit hours

Choose two courses from the following:

MATH 317 Discrete Math (3)

MATH 345 Math Statistics 1 (3)

MATH 406 College Geometry (3)

Any 300- or 400-level math course approved by adviser

Choose three courses from the following:

CS 325 Computer Hardware Install & Maintenance (1)

CS 326 Computer Software Installation (1)

CS 327 Hands-on UNIX (1)

CS 332 Advanced Internet (1)

Any 300- or 400-level computer science course approved by adviser

Choose one course from the following:

CS 456 Internet Services (3)

CS 457 Computer Networks (3)

CS 463 Web Programming (3)

Minor Total: 27 credit hours

 


Major in Elementary Education (BA)

Elementary education is offered as an academic major field. Education students may select a major in education or a dual major in elementary and special education. The major program meets requirements for special education licensure set by the NMPED. Elementary education majors study such topics as cognitive, physical, emotional, and social development; human relations; instructional planning and implementation, and classroom management, assessment and evaluation. Students also receive training in skills and competencies for elementary subject matter in mathematics, reading and languages arts, social studies, science, and other foundational fields. The program complies with the instructional competencies established by the NMPED for entry-level elementary teachers. Before registering for the required major courses, students must complete the requirements for entrance to the Teacher Preparation Program which include GNED 201, taken in conjunction with GNED 251, and SPED 214. Students must have passed the NMTA Basic Skills Exam, NMTA Elementary Content Exam, and the NES Essential Components of Elementary Reading to be approved for student teaching.

Students may select to major in elementary education.

The following requirements must be completed with a grade of C or better for entrance to the Teacher Preparation Program: GNED 201 Introduction to Teaching (3)
SPED 214 Introduction to Special Education (3)

Required credits: 36 credit hours

RDED 315 Reading & Children’s Literature (3)
RDED 411 Teaching/Diagnosis of Reading (3)
ELEM 312 Teaching Elementary School Math (3)
ELEM 317 Multicultural Education (3)
ELEM 361 Assessment and Evaluation of Students (3)
ELEM 417 Teaching English as Second Language (3)
ELEM 442 Teaching Elementary School Science & Social Studies (3)
ELEM 451 Field-Base III Teacher Prep Experience: Elementary (6)
GNED 251 Field-Base 1 Teacher Prep Experience (1)
GNED 351 Field-Base 11 Teacher Prep Experience (2)
GNED 444 Computer Application in Education (3)
GNED 445 Knowledge of the Profession (3)*
*GNED 445 must be taken in conjunction with ELEM 451.

Major Total: 36 credit hours

Prerequisites for Program Entry: 6 credit hours

Education Required Core: 57 credit hours*

Extended core: 3 credit hours**

Minor/2nd Major/Electives to 120: 18 credit hours

Degree Total: 120***

*This major requires 9-credit hours of mathematics.

**The university requires a 3-credit hour literature course as part of the core requirement.

**This major requires a minor, second major or completion of an associate’s degree. The degree total may be exceeded if proficiency courses are needed, or by the credit hour requirements of a minor or second major.


Minor in Bilingual Education/TESOL (Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages)

The minor in bilingual education/TESOL offers an undergraduate preparation to instruct pupils bilingually so as to improve their ability to succeed in the public schools. Spanish 111, 112, 211, (or 101, 102, 201) and Spanish 325 are prerequisites for Spanish 433, 441, and GNED 437. Students can consult the faculty in the Languages and Culture Department for a test-out option of lower-division courses. Courses listed above do not reflect the sequence in which they should be taken.

Required credits: 24 credit hours

ANTH 461 Communication & Culture (3)

OR

ENGL 443 Sociolinguistics (3)

GNED 417 Teaching English as a Second Language (3)

RDED 416 Teaching Reading & Language Arts in the Bilingual Classroom (3)*

GNED 412 Theories & Principles of Bilingual Education (3)

GNED 437 Instructional Methods for Use in Span-Bilingual Classroom (3)*

SPAN 300 Advanced Grammar (3)*

SPAN 433 Civilization & Culture of New Mexico & the Southwest (3)*

SPAN 441 Spanish for the Bilingual Classroom (3)*

*Prerequisites: SPAN 111, 112, 211, 212 (or 101, 102, 201, 202); Co-requisite: SPAN 300

Minor Total: 24 credit hours


Minor in Secondary Education

(Teacher Preparation in Secondary Education)

Students who are preparing to become secondary-level teachers must complete a major from the many academic fields offered at the university; some will also select a content-area minor field. (See College of Arts and Sciences section for information.)

In addition, students must undertake a secondary education minor in the university’s School of Education to prepare them for their chosen profession. The combination of courses in the university’s major field and in the general education curriculum provides the necessary subject-matter competencies for secondary teaching. This is best done through early advisement from the School of Education.

Licensing for secondary teaching in the state of New Mexico requires the following: completion of an appropriate academic major in a content field(s) completion of the general education core (54 credit hours). Secondary education minors may add a content-field minor as well. The adviser may assist the student in selecting the content field(s). Students must complete requirements for entrance to the School of Education which include GNED201, GNED251, and SPED214 with a minimum grade of C and pass the National Evaluation Systems (NES) Assessment of Academic Skills. Students must pass the NES Content major exam or exams to be admitted to Field III Student Teaching. The NES Teacher Competency –Secondary exam must be passed for New Mexico Teacher Licensure.

GNED 201 Introduction to Teaching (3)
SPED 214 Introduction to Special Education (3)

Required courses: 28 credit hours

GNED 251 Field-Base I Teacher Preparation Experience (1)
GNED 302 Educational Psychology (3)
RDED 427 Reading in the Content Area (3)
GNED 351 Field-Base II Teacher Preparation Experience (2)
GNED 410 Art & Science of Teaching in Secondary Schools (3)
GNED 444 Technology in Education (3)
GNED 445 Knowledge of the Profession (3)*
GNED 451 Field-Base III Teacher Preparation Experience- Secondary (6)
GNED 455 Classroom Management (3)

* Taken in conjunction with GNED 451 as a Field Base III block.

Major 32+ hours

Prerequisites: 6

Secondary Minor Total: 28 credit hours

Core requirements: 54 credit hours

Total: 120 credit hours minimum


Minor in English as a Second Language (ESL)

The ESL program meets the requirements of the NMPED for an endorsement in English as a second language. The program includes courses offered in the departments of education, English, and anthropology.

Required credits 21 credit hours

Prerequisite/co-requisite: Minimum of two semesters of a second language or demonstrated proficiency

ENGL 317 Introduction to Modern Grammar (3)

GNED 320 Language Acquisition & Ling for Teachers (3)

GNED 412 Theories & Principles of Bilingual Education (3)

ENGL 443 Sociolinguistics (3)

OR

ANTH 461 Communication and Culture (3)

GNED 417 Teaching English as a Second Language (3)

GNED 420 Sheltered English for Content Area Instruction (3)

RDED 315 Early Literacy (3)

OR

RDED 427 Reading in the Content Area (3)

Minor Totals: 21 credit hours

 


Minor in Early Childhood Multicultural Education

Early childhood multicultural education offers an undergraduate minor field that may be selected by students majoring in elementary education, special education or other related fields. Early childhood multicultural education is a valuable specialization field for those intending to work with newborns to 8-year-old children. Additional courses beyond the minor in early childhood multicultural education are required for a teaching license.

Required courses: 26 credit hours

ECME 300 Professionalism (2)
ECME 302 Child Growth, Development and Learning (3)
ECME 303 Family & Community Collaboration I (3)
ECME 304 Curriculum Development & Implementation 1 (3)
ECME 306 Curriculum Development & Implementation 2 (3)
ECME 332 Curriculum Development & Implementation Practicum 1 (2)
ECME 334 Curriculum Development & Implementation Practicum 2 (2)
ECME 420 Research in Child Growth & Development (3)
ECME 424 Integrated Early Childhood Curriculum (3)
ECME 425 Integrated Early Childhood Curriculum (2)

Minor Total: 26 credit hours


MA Program in Curriculum & Instruction

The School of Education offers a master’s degree in education with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction. For admission to the Master of Arts in Education, Curriculum and Instruction, candidates will have received licensure for teaching in the State of New Mexico, or the equivalent. The graduate program in Curriculum and Instruction is offered on the main campus in Las Vegas, New Mexico and at the three Highlands centers. The centers include the Rio Rancho Center in Rio Rancho, New Mexico; the San Juan Center in Farmington, New Mexico, and the Santa Fe Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The program is offered both onsite and via Distance Education courses.

Sites Programs Masters (M.A.)

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

Graduate courses in Curriculum and Instruction 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. These sites have included the following communities in Northern New Mexico:

  • Española, New Mexico
  • Taos, New Mexico
  • Santa Rosa, New Mexico
  • Torreon, New Mexico
  • Cuba, New Mexico
  • Bernalillo, New Mexico

In the Fall of 2009, the School of Education entered into a partnership with the Los Niños Dual Language Elementary School in the Las Vegas City School District to provide bilingual education courses through a Professional Development School Model. Two courses in bilingual education were taught at the Los Niños Dual Language Elementary School in the Fall of 2010. The courses are available for graduate or undergraduate credit. At the graduate level, the two courses are components of the Bilingual Education/TESOL emphasis area in the Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Program. The Rio Rancho Highlands Center also has entered into a partnership with the Rio Rancho School District to provide literacy classes through a Professional Development Model. Arrangements have been made to teach two reading classes at the Middle School in Rio Rancho. One of the classes, Reading 511, is offered at the graduate level as an elective for the Reading emphasis in the Curriculum and Instruction Program.

The Curriculum and Instruction graduate program consists of 36 graduate credits and is structured around three block components: required core courses, emphasis area courses, and research courses.

Each of the three components requires twelve (12) credit hours for a program total of 36-credit hours.

The four (4) courses in the core component are requirements for all candidates in the program. Courses for the emphasis area are selected by the candidates in consultation with their advisor from various academic content fields such as Reading, Bilingual Education, TESOL, Advanced Placement and from arts and sciences content subjects such as English, history, business, Spanish, math, science etc. The courses in the Research methodology component are also required of all candidates in the program. All candidates must take six (6) hours of credits in required courses and may select the six additional credits from three options: Field Project, Thesis, or Comprehensive Examination. If candidates select the comprehensive exam option, they must take an additional 6 credits of approved electives to take the place of the six (6) hours required for field project or thesis. Candidates must also pass a comprehensive examination.

Licensure for teaching in the state of New Mexico or the equivalent is an additional stipulation for admission to the Master of Arts program in Curriculum and Instruction. The Curriculum and Instruction Program is offered at all sites.
The master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction is structured among three (3) components for a program total of 36 hours.

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

Required courses: 12 credit hours

GNED 641 Advanced Educational Psychology 3 master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction (Revised 9/09)

The master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction is structured among three (3) components for a program total of 36 hours.

EDLD 625 Educational Leadership (3)

OR

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)

Research Methodology: 6 credit hours

GNED 605 Statistics for Educators (3)

GNED 610 Educational Research Interpretation (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 are available in many of the university’s content fields. Specifically, emphasis-area options may be formulated from programs which offer 500- and/or 600- level courses in many disciplines including Advanced Placement and outside the school of Education, including art, music, Spanish, English, philosophy, history, political science, business, human performance and sport, anthropology, sociology, psychology, computer science, mathematics, life science (in biology and environmental science), chemistry, geology, physics, and also in technology teacher education, reading, early childhood multicultural education, gifted education, TESOL, and bilingual education. The adviser for the area of interest should be consulted.

In formulating plans for the emphasis area, students and advisers must consider various limitations: the frequency of offering of the necessary 500- and 600- level courses, both during the fall and spring semesters and in the summer session (the selection may be especially limited for students who rely totally or principally on classes scheduled in evenings and/or summers); any requirement from the New Mexico Public Education Department; having the preparation to undertake advanced studies in the field; and for students whose undergraduate degrees are from NMHU, the availability of appropriate 500-level courses that were not taken already at the 400-level.

Field Project/Thesis/Comprehensive Exam: 6 credit hours

Choose one of the following options:
GNED 697 Field Project (6)
OR
GNED 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 additional credits of approved electives instead of the six hours required for the field project/thesis. 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

Additional stipulations for admission to the Master of Arts in curriculum and instruction: Students have received licensure for teaching in the State of New Mexico or the equivalent. Applications should indicate a desired emphasis area at the time of application.


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


Minor in General Sciences for Elementary School Teachers (Grades K – 8)

This minor provides elementary school teachers in training with a fundamentally strong background in a variety of basic science concepts of both physical and life sciences. Courses that provide the needed basic understanding of the sciences will be selected from those listed in the major.

The objectives of the general science minor are:

  • To provide elementary teachers in training with a program that will adequately prepare and encourage them to teach the most fundamental science concepts at the elementary level.
  • To broaden the scope of science to elementary school teachers in training so that they will be well versed in all aspects of science. This will allow them to develop methods by which to relay the content material to their students so that the students can fully understand what is being taught.

Refer to science department interdepartmental programs for more details regarding this minor.


Secondary Education Major

Major in General Science for Secondary School Teachers (Grades 7 – 12)

This major provides science teachers in training with a fundamentally strong background in the basic sciences. Therefore, a greater pool of talent in the field of science education will be created from which surrounding middle schools and high schools can draw. The program has been designed to emphasize fundamental understandings of both physical and life science. Courses will be selected from such areas as environmental sciences, biology, geology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics.

The objectives of the general science major are:

  • To provide science teachers in training with a multidisciplinary program that will adequately prepare them to teach science courses in middle and high school science programs.
  • To train science teachers to develop each of the competencies required by the State Board of Education for licensure in science education.
  • To provide specialized/advanced training in specific science subject areas of interest to the science teacher in training.

Refer to the respective science department interdepartmental programs for more details regarding this major.

Minor in Secondary Education



Additional Certificates


Advanced Placement Certificate

AP-New Mexico was developed at NMHU in 1993 to encourage and support teachers and schools in New Mexico to expand Advanced Placement (AP) course offerings for New Mexico secondary students. AP-New Mexico coordinates Advanced Placement Summer Institutes (APSI), which are professional development events of no less than four days with no fewer than 30 instructional hours, The institutes bring together teachers to discuss course-specific content, instructional strategies, course organization and methods for increasing student participation in courses that help them acquire the skills and habits they will need to be successful in college.

Advanced Placement Teaching is for teachers who wish to increase or develop their knowledge of the total AP Program and enhance or implement an AP or pre-AP program in their school.

Required courses: 12 credit hours

GNED 630 Advanced Placement Institute (3)
GNED 640 Curriculum Design & Management for Advanced Placement (3)
GNED 650 Foundations of the Advanced Placement Program, Leadership Approaches, & Vertical Teaming (3)
GNED 652 Advanced Placement (3)
Certificate total credit hours required: 12 credit hours


Bilingual Education Certificate

Post baccalaureate students seeking a certificate leading to a bilingual education endorsement must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours of coursework at the graduate level. All endorsements are awarded by the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) and are subject to NMPED guidelines and requirements. These include completion of a bachelor’s degree in education and a New Mexico teaching license. It is important to note that the bilingual endorsement further requires passing the Prueba de Español para la Certificación Bilingüe exam or the language proficiency exam in Navajo. Those interested in other New Mexico pueblo languages must consult with their specific tribe. It is critical to consult carefully with the Licensure Unit at the NMPED regarding these language matters.

Required courses: 12 credit hours
GNED 512 Theories and Principles of Bilingual Education (3)
GNED 537 Instructional Methods for the Bilingual Classroom (3) (SPAN 300 prerequisite)
RDED 516 Reading in the Bilingual Classroom/La Enseñanza de Lectura en el Salón Bilingüe
OR
RDED 545 Literatura infantile y juvenile (3)
RDED 527 Reading in the Content Area (3)
Certificate total credit hours required: 12 credit hours


Reading Certificate

Post baccalaureate students seeking a certificate leading to reading endorsement must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours of reading courses at the graduate level. Additional credits in reading may be required depending on the student’s prior coursework in reading, and prior licensure and endorsement history. All endorsements are awarded by the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) and are subject to NMPED guidelines and requirements.

Required courses: 12 credit hours

RDED 511 Teaching Reading and Diagnosis (3)
RDED 526 Reading & Literature for Children & Young Adults (3)

OR
RDED 545 Literatura infantile y juvenile (3)
RDED 527 Reading in the Content Area (3)
RDED 540 Integrating Technology into Language Arts Curriculum (3)
OR
RDED 542 Literacy and Technology (3)
Certificate Total: 12 credit hours


Secondary Certificate Program Leading to Licensure

Prospective teachers holding a bachelor’s degree may complete the secondary certificate program in order to obtain a secondary license in New Mexico. In addition to completing coursework listed on the framework, candidates must have 24 credits, including 12 upper division, in a content area taught in the public schools. Please see attached framework.

Required Courses: 28 credit hours

GNED 251 Field-Based 1 Teacher Preparation Experience (1)
GNED 351 Field-Based 2 Teacher Preparation Experience (2)
GNED 302 Educational Psychology (3)
RDED 527 Reading in the Content Area (3)
GNED 510 The Art and Science of Teaching (3)
GNED 544 Computer Application in Education (3)
GNED 545 Knowledge of the Profession (3)
GNED 451 Field-Based 3 Teacher Prep Experience (6)
GNED 555 Classroom Management (3)
Certificate total credit hours required: 28 credit hours

 


TESOL Certificate

Post baccalaureate students seeking a certificate leading to an endorsement in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours of coursework at the graduate level. All endorsements are awarded by the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) and are subject to NMPED guidelines and requirements. These include completion of a bachelor’s degree in education and a NM teaching license. It is important to note that the TESOL endorsement further requires a minimum of six credits in another language or passing the Prueba de Español para la Certificación Bilingüe exam. In addition to coursework, the NMPED requires passing the NMTA’s TESOL content examination.

Required courses: 12 credit hours

ELEM 517 English as a Second Language (3)
GNED 520 Sheltered English (3)
RDED 527 Reading in the Content Area (3)
RDED 520 Literacy for English Language Learners (3)
Certificate total credit hours required: 12 credit hours