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Education Graduate Program

The master’s program in education accepts students with personal commitment to the discipline who also meet the standards of scholarship. With the exception of a degree in counseling, master’s candidates complete 12 credits of courses in educational content and 12 credits in a selected emphasis field, as well as 12 credits in appropriate research methodologies. Education leadership requires 15 credits in the content areas and nine credits in a selected emphasis field.

School counseling and rehabilitation counseling require a 48 semester-hour curriculum. The licensed professional counseling concentration requires a 60 semester-hour curriculum. All three concentrations require successful completion of coursework, internship experience, and an exit exam. A vocational evaluation specialization is also available to rehabilitation students.

The master’s degree in education offers a variety of concentrations and emphases. The master of arts option in education leadership prepares individuals for licensure in administration or to serve in leadership roles in higher education.

The master of arts option in special education provides the opportunity to specialize in the areas of general special education, cognitive impairments, learning disabilities and emotional and behavioral disorders.

An option in counseling and guidance offers a variety of emphases in school counseling, rehabilitation counseling, and professional counseling. The different emphases qualify students to apply for licensure or certification by various state and national agencies.

The curriculum and instruction option offers graduate work in a variety of academic content fields with both elementary and secondary emphases. The emphasis fields available to curriculum and instruction students include the educational subjects of reading, technology education, early childhood education, and bilingual education; and arts and sciences subjects including music, art, English, Spanish, history, political science, chemistry, life science, mathematics, computer science, business, and human performance and sport.

CAREER PROSPECTS

With a NMHU Master’s Degree…

  • Elementary, Middle School, and High School Principle https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/elementary-middle-and-high-school-principals.htm
    • Elementary, middle, and high school principals manage all school operations, including daily school activities. They coordinate curricula, oversee teachers and other school staff, and provide a safe and productive learning environment for students.
    • The median annual wage was $92,510 in May 2016.
    • Employment is projected to grow 8 percent from 2016 to 2026.
  • School and Career Counselor https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/school-and-career-counselors.htm
    • School counselors help students develop academic and social skills and succeed in school. Career counselors assist people with the process of making career decisions by helping them develop skills or choose a career or educational program.
    • The median annual wage was $54,560 in May 2016.
    • Employment is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026.
  • Postsecondary Education Administrator https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/postsecondary-education-administrators.htm
    • Postsecondary education administrators oversee student services, academics, and faculty research at colleges and universities. Their job duties vary depending on the area of the college they manage, such as admissions, student life, or the office of the registrar.
    • The median annual wage was $90,760 in May 2016.
    • Employment is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026.
  • Librarian https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/librarians.htm
    • Librarian’s help people find information and conduct research for personal and professional use. Their job duties may change based on the type of library they work in, such as public, school, and medical libraries.
    • The median annual wage was $57,680 in May 2016.
    • Employment is projected to grow 9 percent from 2016 to 2026.
  • Instructional Coordinator https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/instructional-coordinators.htm
    • Instructional coordinators oversee school curriculums and teaching standards. They develop instructional material, coordinate its implementation with teachers and principals, and assess its effectiveness.
    • The median annual wage for instructional coordinators was $62,460 in May 2016.
    • Employment of instructional coordinators is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026.

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