Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education degree offered by New Mexico State University is a program of study that is available to students in a completely online format. This program is intended to help its students prepare to teach in either public or private governmental institutions in new Mexico. In addition, graduates of this program are also prepared for certification by the New Mexico State Board of Education. The curriculum of this program includes both general education courses and professional education courses. A student gains skills and knowledge related to different practice settings and practical experience through field experiences and research projects. It is important to note that this program is a Bachelor’s Completion program, This means that the program requires students to have earned at least enough credits to make them a sophomore in college.

It is important to note that there are some admissions requirements for entry into this program. A student should have already completed the General Education and professional education requirements. A prospective student should have also already passed the New Mexico Teacher Assessments Basic Skills test (NMTA) before applying to this program. A minimum score of 240 is required for admission. Students must meet the basic skill requirements, have completed at least 55 credit hours of courses, and have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better. The prerequisite courses for this program include: Educational Psychology, Integrating Technology with Teaching, Field Experience I, Multicultural Education, Freshman Orientation, Introduction to Education, and others.

This program requires its students to take and complete 132 credit hours of courses in order to graduate with the Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. This includes a minimum of 48 credit hours of upper division credits (300 level or above) and have earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above. Since this is a Bachelor’s Completion program, the crux of the required courses for the Elementary Education degree through New Mexico State University focus on courses that relate to the subject of Elementary Education.

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    Degree Level: Bachelor Completion

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    New Mexico State University, a four-year, public, land-grant institution, was founded in 1888 as Las Cruces College. In 1889, the New Mexico territorial legislature authorized the creation of an agricultural college and experiment station and Las Cruces College became the New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts. Due to rapid growth, in 1960 university status was awarded and the New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts became New Mexico State University. The school's mission is "to serve the educational needs of New Mexico’s diverse population through comprehensive programs of education, research, extension education, and public service."

    Students have a variety of options academically at New Mexico State University. There are nine colleges in which students can find a program to interest them. The colleges include:

    • College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
    • College of Arts and Sciences
    • College of Business
    • College of Education
    • College of Engineering
    • College of Health and Social Services
    • Honors College

    NMSU offers bachelor degree completion programs, master's and doctorate programs, and a number of certificate and licensure options online.


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