Program Overview

The Master of Arts Degree in Elementary Education gives you the opportunity to construct your studies around your personal and professional goals toward becoming a transformative, reflective expert in the field of teaching and learning. This is an advanced professional development program, where teachers develop their own innate leadership skills. The focus on teacher leadership is designed to develop educational leaders who a) advocate for higher standards of student learning and professional development; b) collaborate with colleagues, students, and the community to create new possibilities; c) affect positive change in school culture; and d) inspire fellow teachers to grow personally and professionally.

NOTE: Obtaining this degree from the UNM College of Education does not guarantee approval for licensure by the State Public Education Department, as additional requirements exist for students seeking New Mexico Administrative Licensure. The University of New Mexico cannot confirm whether this program leads to licensure or advanced certification in your home state. Prior to applying for admission, contact your state board of education to assure that, upon completion of the program, you are qualified to obtain a license or other form of certification. Please contact the College of Education for more details.

Learning Goals

In your online coursework, you will address critical issues, test new ideas and approaches to learning, and become prepared for participation in a complex and challenging society. The curriculum and strategic course requirements help participants elevate student performance, foster an innovative environment, be effective teacher leaders, and increase community engagement to enhance student learning.

The focus on teacher leadership is designed to develop education leaders who:

  • Advocate for higher standards of student learning and professional development
  • Collaborate with colleagues, students, and the community to create new possibilities
  • Affect positive change in school culture
  • Inspire fellow teachers to grow personally and professionally

Program Details

Tuition and Fees

Total cost per credit hour is $415.66. There is a student technology fee charged each semester. It is $150 in the Fall, $150 in the Spring, and $20 in the Summer. There may be additional costs, depending on the class. Additional costs are often for textbooks, supplemental course materials, and proctoring fees.

About the Program

The MA in Elementary Education online is designed with a focus on teacher leadership to advance opportunities for classroom teachers to be leaders in schools and classrooms.

Required courses include:

  • EDUC 500 Research Applications to Education
  • EDUC 502 Advanced Instructional Strategies
  • EDUC 505 Experiential, Project-Based and Service Learning
  • EDUC 513 The Process of Reflection and Inquiry
  • EDUC 520 Effective Teaching and Student Learning
  • EDUC 542 Principles of Curriculum Development
  • EDUC 552 Social Justice in Education
  • EDUC 563 Mentoring Educators for Professional Growth
  • EDUC 590 Seminar
  • MSET 570 Digital Game Based Learning
  • MSET 571 Multimedia Literacy for Educators

NOTE: Obtaining this degree from the UNM College of Education does not guarantee approval for licensure by the State Public Education Department, as additional requirements exist for students seeking New Mexico Administrative Licensure. The University of New Mexico cannot confirm whether this program leads to licensure or advanced certification in your home state. Prior to applying for admission, contact your state board of education to assure that, upon completion of the program, you are qualified to obtain a license or other form of certification. Please contact the College of Education for more details.

Degree Requirements

The degree is offered as a Masters Plan II Option program (no required thesis) which consists of 32 total credit hours, including a seminar.

Program Admission Requirements:

  • Meet UNM Graduate Studies requirements;
  • Have achieved a GPA of 3.0 as an undergraduate; and
  • Hold a valid teaching license.

 Accelerated Online Program

At a Glance

Major Requirements: 30 Credit Hours
Cost Per Credit Hour: $415.66

College/School: College of Education

Tuition: Program Details and Tuition & Fee Information

*General education and other courses are required to complete this degree. Visit Degree Requirements tab.

Contact

Website: College of Education
Phone: (505) 277-4533
Email: gradteached@unm.edu