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Get your MA in Elementary or Secondary Education Online with a focus on Teacher Leadership

Program Information

The online M.A. in Elementary or Secondary Education is designed with a focus on teacher leadership to advance opportunities for classroom teachers to be leaders in schools and classrooms. Note: This pathway does not meet the requirements for administrative licensure. Students progress through this online program as a cohort beginning each fall. UNM Graduate Student Benefits

  • Access to all UNM Libraries including Zimmerman Library, and all online databases.
  • Free admission to all UNM athletic events, if enrolled in 6 or more graduate hours.
  • Free access to all exercise and wellness facilities at Johnson Center.

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Typical Course Schedule

Fall I
EDUC 502: Advanced Instructional Strategies
EDUC 552: Social Justice in Education

Spring I
EDUC 542: Principles of Curriculum Development
EDUC 513: Process of Reflection and Inquiry
EDUC 563: Mentoring Educators for Professional Growth

Summer I
EDUC 500: Research Applications to Education
Elective: 2-3 credit hour elective

Fall II
EDUC 520: Effective Teaching and Student Learning
LEAD 503: Data Informed Instructional Leadership

Spring II
LEAD 501: Educational Leadership in a Democratic Society
EDUC 590: Seminar Examination and Graduation

32 total credit hours

Application Process

Submit an Online Application to: Department of Teacher Education, Educational Leadership and Policy for the Master of Arts in Elementary or Secondary Education with a focus on Teacher Leadership at

  • Obtain online application materials for
    admission to the M.A. in Elementary or
    Secondary Education at:
  • Admissions criteria:
    1. 3.0 GPA in the last 60 hours of
      undergraduate coursework
    2. Valid teaching license
    3. Letter of Intent
    4. Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
    5. Professional Resume

Application Deadline

Summer and Fall Semester: February 1 for best consideration. Applications will continue to be accepted.

Spring Semester: September 1 for best consideration.

MA in Education

“Excellence and Diversity through People, Ideas, and Innovation.”

We address critical issues, test new ideas and approaches to learning, and educate professionals who can facilitate human growth and development in schools, homes, communities and workplaces, and prepare students for participation in a complex and challenging society.

Teacher Leadership is the main focus of the MA on-line for graduate students interested in advancing their knowledge on leadership and how it applies to the classroom to improve student learning.

The Department of Teacher Education provides the following Master's Degrees online:

  • MA in Elementary Education
  • MA in Secondary Education

The degree is designed to for students to complete in two years. The required courses for the degree will be offered online during academic semesters as well as during the summer.

Requirements for Applications

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (B) or its equivalent in their last two undergraduate years and in their major field
  • Indicate all academic institutions they have previously attended on their applications (and provide transcripts)
  • Hold an Elementary or Secondary Teaching License