Master of Arts in Education with a Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning

  • Overview

    for K-20+ Educators

    The Master of Arts in Education with a Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning* prepares educators who either

    1. are K-12 teachers who are already licensed
    2. work in higher education

    for 21st century teaching and learning in blended and fully online environments. The program covers integrating best practices in curriculum and pedagogy, multicultural education, educational technology, online pedagogy, and curriculum development for online delivery using emerging technologies.

    *If you are in a graduate program, all OTLGC courses must be taken during your program of study.

    Benefits of earning a Master of Arts in Education with a Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning

    • Learn best practices in multicultural education, curriculum and instruction, and online pedagogy.
    • Develop effective strategies for technology integration.
    • Become skilled in developing online curriculum.
    • Learn how to integrate emerging technologies into online/blended teaching and learning.
    • Become a leader in online teaching and learning in your school district.
    • Study for this degree using online courses, from the convenience of your home or school.
    • Earn a Graduate Certificate
    • Earn a Master’s degree, which fulfills one of the requirements for advancement in New Mexico’s three-tiered licensure system to Level III, with a base salary of $50,000.

     

    Learn more about the Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning

  • Courses

    Curriculum and Instruction Courses

    (18 credits, all available online or face-to-face)

    Professors within the Department of Curriculum and Instruction teach the Core Professional Courses. The goals of the courses include increasing pedagogical knowledge, understanding research, as well as modeling and discussing strategies for effectively integrating technology into teaching and learning.

    Take all of the following:

    • EDUC 515 Multicultural Education
    • EDUC 516 Curriculum and Pedagogy
    • EDUC 518 Technology and Pedagogy
    • EDUC 519 Research in Curriculum and Pedagogy
    • EDLT 520 Critical Digital Literacy
    • EDLT 577 Online Teaching and Learning

    Online Teaching and Learning EDLT Courses

    (15 credits, only available online)

    Take all of the following:

    • EDLT 560 Fostering Online Learning Communities
    • EDLT 575 Designing and Organizing Online Learning Environments
    • *EDLT 580 Tools and Techniques for Online Teaching or *EDLT 581 Emerging Technology Tools and Techniques
    • EDLT 590 Assessing and Evaluating Online Teaching and Learning
    • EDLT 592 Online Teaching Practicum

    Students will consult with an OTL advisor on the Online Teaching and Learning Graduate Certificate courses. By completing all five EDLT  courses, students will earn a Graduate Certificate. This is not a teaching license or an endorsement.

    Learn more about OTL courses by visiting the Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning

  • Course Schedule

    The recommended schedule of classes is:

    2-year Schedule Starting in Fall:

    Fall Spring Summer
    EDUC 516 EDUC 519 EDUC 518
    EDLT 560 (OTL Fall only) *EDLT 580 or 581 (OTL Spring only) EDUC 515
    Fall Spring Summer
    EDLT 520 (Fall only) EDLT 577 (Spring only) Master’s Comprehensive Exam
    EDLT 575 (OTL Fall only) EDLT 590 (OTL Spring only) EDLT 592 (OTL Summer only and must be taken after all OTL classes)

    3-Year Schedule Starting in Summer:

    Fall Spring Summer
    EDLT 560 (OTL Fall only) *EDLT 580 or 581 (OTL Spring only) EDUC 515
        EDUC 516
    Fall Spring Summer
    EDLT 575 (OTL Fall only) EDLT 590 (OTL Spring only) EDUC 518
        EDUC 519
    Fall Spring Summer
    EDLT 520 (Fall only) EDLT 577 (Spring only) EDLT 592 (OTL Summer only and must be taken after all OTL classes)
        Master’s Comprehensive Exam

    *Must consult with OTL Advisor Julia Parra

  • General Information

    College 

    Education, Department of Curriculum & Instruction, Educational Learning Technologies Program

    Program Category

    Technology-Based Programs

    Contact

    Julia Parra, Assistant Professor
    Coordinator for Learning Design & Technology 
    Director of Online Teaching & Learning Graduate Certificate Program
    Email: juparra@nmsu.edu
    Office phone for Monday, 2-4pm Office Hours: 575-646-1767

    Description

    The Master of Arts in Education with a Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning is a 33 credit hour two-year program of study planned for New Mexico K-20+ teachers.

    Delivery method

    100% Online

    Requirements

    Candidates must complete a minimum of:

    • 18 credits in advanced professional course work in education.
    • 15 credits in professional course work in online teaching and learning.

    There is a Comprehensive Examination at the end of the program.

    Costs: 

    Current main campus tuition and fees plus a $35 per credit hour Course Delivery  Fee. See the University Accounts Receivable Schedule of Costs for the current tuition rate.

    Prerequisites

    • Enrollment and acceptance into the Curriculum and Instruction Master of Arts in Education program (the first nine credits can be completed as a non-degree student).
    • Eligibility for admission to the Graduate School.

    To apply

    First, apply to the OTL Program. This is critical to make sure that the program advisor knows that you are in process and has the needed information to help you.

    Second, apply to the Graduate School for admission. Pay attention to Enrollment Status as there are several options. Choose the one relevant to your situation. Then, specify Intended Major as Education and Concentration as Educational Learning Technologies.

    You also need to add the Online Teaching and Learning Graduate Certificate Program to your application. Select Current NMSU graduate student applying to a new academic program > Graduate Certificate > Online Teaching and Learning. You may need to change the start semester depending on when you want to start. Contact Julia Parra (juparra@nmsu.edu) if you have questions.

    This video further demonstrates how to complete the second online application for the certificate. 

    Have two transcripts from each institution attended (including New Mexico State University undergraduate or continuing education courses) ready to upload to your online application.

    Disabilities: If you have a disability that may affect your performance in a course, or if you require accommodations in order to take a distance education course, contact NMSU’s Student Accessibility Services  (SAS). Providing accommodations for distance education students sometimes requires more time than in a traditional classroom setting so students are encouraged to begin working with SSD as early as possible.

    Completion of OTL Graduate Certificate: Upon completion of the OTL Graduate Certificate program, make sure to complete the Application for Completion of Graduate Certificate.

  • College of Education

    Julia Parra, Assistant Professor
    Coordinator for Learning Design & Technology 
    Director of Online Teaching & Learning Graduate Certificate Program
    Email: juparra@nmsu.edu
    Office phone for Monday, 2-4pm Office Hours: 575-646-1767