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Program Overview

The Master of Arts Degree in Educational Leadership through the UNM College of Education offers the active, high-achieving educator an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of leadership for learning, community, and personal transformation.

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

The MA in Educational Leadership is designed to prepare individuals to assume leadership positions in educational organizations. The curriculum relies heavily on concepts drawn from the social sciences for insight into leadership behavior, including:

  • Strategic and political leadership
  • Organizational leadership
  • Leadership for learning and professional development
  • Data-informed leadership
  • Leadership in a diverse society

Program Details

Students in the program work with an assigned advisor to design and follow a 36 credit hour program of studies from existing Educational Leadership courses. Required courses include:

  • LEAD 501 Educational Leadership in a Democratic Society
  • LEAD 503 Data Informed Instructional Leadership
  • LEAD 509 Leadership and Organizational Change
  • LEAD 529 The Adult Learner
  • LEAD 530 Leadership for Conflict Resolution in Schools and Organizations

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 MA in Educational Leadership requires completion of 15 credit hours of coursework as described in the Program Details tab. In addition, students must maintain a 3.3 cumulative GPA to be awarded the Master’s degree. Additional requirements exist for students seeking New Mexico Administrative Licensure. Please contact the College of Education for more details.

Program Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Education or related field from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA in undergraduate work
  • Official transcripts from every higher education institution previously attended
  • Required documentation, including: letter of intent, professional biographical form, original writing sample, and three letters of recommendation

NOTE: Additional requirements exist for students seeking New Mexico Administrative Licensure. The New Mexico Public Education Department awards this licensure to qualified applicants. Obtaining this degree from the UNM College of Education does not guarantee approval for licensure by the State Public Education Department. Please contact the College of Education for more details.