Testing Learning Technologies

Testing Learning Technologies

Bilingual Education
The Bilingual Education/TESOL program prepares scholars, practitioners, and leaders in understanding multi/bilingualism in the context of schools, families, communities and society. The Southwest borderlands situate participants in a unique position in which to critically examine issues confronting Spanish speaking and heritage language populations. A key dimension of the program includes the advancement of issues related to equity and social justice by encouraging participants to serve as advocates for bilingual children, their families and communities.
Early Childhood Education
The mission of the early childhood program is to:

  • Provide optimal professional teaching and learning experiences at the bachelors, masters, and doctoral level;
  • Provide quality care, education, and family support programs for children and families of NMSU and Dona Ana Community College students, faculty and staff;
  • Provide opportunities for faculty and graduate students for research, teaching and service.

The field of Early Childhood Education is concerned with the development and learning of children from birth through age eight. Our program focuses on early children education through a theoretical orientation which places early childhood education within broader social, historical, political, and cultural contexts. Coursework provides a context for students to critically examine early education and child care. Themes of bilingual and multicultural education and care, critical thinking, and reflective teaching are infused throughout the Early Childhood coursework. Early Childhood Education is an exciting and dynamic field in which standards for teachers are being raised and career opportunities are constantly developing.

The NMSU program offers a range of coursework encompassing infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and primary-aged children. Through field placements at Myrna’s Children’s Village Laboratory School and the local public schools, candidates develop competence in the use of culturally relevant and developmentally appropriate practices. Main themes within the program include understanding children as the protagonists of their own learning, supporting families in their roles with young children, respecting diversity, and addressing the needs of children with diverse abilities in inclusive settings.

The program follows the personnel recommendations established by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education Programs, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the New Mexico Public Education Department.

Educational Learning Technologies
The Curriculum and Learning Technologies Specialization at New Mexico State University provides educators with the knowledge, skills & disposition to use technology to meet the learning needs of a diverse society. Specifically, we work to

  • Ensure that students in teacher education graduate capable of integrating technology in meaningful ways with teaching and learning
  • Provide rigorous, relevant, and comprehensive graduate programs in curriculum development and learning technologies designed to meet the state and national competencies for information technology coordinators and educational technology specialists in K-12 schools and higher education.
  • Expand access to graduate education for educational leaders through the use of a combination of on-site and distributed education.
Language, Literacy and Culture
The Language, Literacy and Culture Program prepares educational leaders and scholars who understand in complex and diverse ways reading, language and literacy education, particularly as these relate to all issues of social justice and equity. This program emphasizes the development of critical and expansive perspectives on language and multiculturalism with a focus on the relevance of these for K-12 students from diverse ethno-linguistic backgrounds. Participants are encouraged to engage in leadership and research activities in a variety of settings at local, state and federal levels.