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Educational Leadership (Principal Licensure)


The Master of Science in Education (MSE) in Educational Leadership (Principal Licensure) program is a fully online, adult-learner focused program designed to prepare students for school leadership positions while working. The curriculum is designed to provide candidates with real-world experiences to bridge theory and practice and to support the development of the foundational knowledge, skills, and dispositions essential to success in diverse school contexts. The program empowers students to be a mission-driven school leader, developing abilities to improve educational outcomes and effect positive change in diverse P-12 school settings. The program aligns with Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) and is designed to create culturally competent and responsive school leaders. Upon completion of this 36-credit hour program, candidates are eligible to apply for an administrator license in New Mexico. To review the educational administration licensing requirements in New Mexico, please refer to the following website: Students from other states must contact a representative pf their state’s department of education to determine if this degree program will be accepted for licensing purposes.

The College of Education at University of the Southwest operates under the auspices of the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) that uses the standards developed by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) to evaluate education programs.

For testing and licensure requirements for your specific program, refer to the New Mexico Department of Education Licensure Department.

Out-of-state students will need to contact the respective State’s Department of Education for testing and licensure requirements.

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