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Top Educational Leadership Degree Programs in Albuquerque, NM

Students interested in studying teaching or educational leadership near Albuquerque, New Mexico, will find degree and certificate programs at the University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University, and New Mexico Highlands University. Read about these three school's programs, tuition and ranking info to find out which one is right for you.

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School and Ranking Information

As part of the New Mexico's licensure procedure, individuals must first earn the appropriate degree from an accredited school to become a teacher or administrator in the state. Only a few schools in the Albuquerque area offer teaching and educational leadership programs. The following schools are the top three of these schools based on the number of degrees awarded, tuition, and rankings. All three are accredited schools that prepare graduates for licensure; in addition, each education program has important field-specific accreditation from National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

  • Winner: University of New Mexico (UNM), located in Albuquerque, is number one since it held the highest national ranking of these three schools from U.S. News & World Report in 2013. UNM also awarded the most teaching and educational leadership degrees among these schools in 2012. The school offers all levels of teaching and educational leadership programs, including doctoral degrees.
  • 1st Runner-up: New Mexico State University (NMSU) is the first runner-up because U.S. News & World Report ranked it second highest of the three schools in 2013. NMSU offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in teaching and educational leadership.
  • 2nd Runner-up: New Mexico Highlands University offered the lowest tuition of these three schools. The school offers associate, bachelor and master degrees. Those who decide on a master's degree in educational leadership can choose between an option that leads to k-12 licensure or one that doesn't.

School Comparison Chart

Category University of New Mexico New Mexico State University New Mexico Highlands University
Ranking 179th among national universities* 189th among national universities* Unranked*
Location Albuquerque, NM Las Cruces, NM Las Vegas, NM
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, public 4-year, public
Tuition 2013-2014 $6,446.70 (in-state undergraduate), $20,688.00 (out-of-state undergraduate), $10,668.60 (in-state graduate), $21,322.08 (out-of-state graduate)*** $6,220.80 (in-state undergraduate), $19,644 (out-of-state undergraduate), $6,708 (in-state graduate), $20,131.20 (out-of-state graduate)**** $4,000 (in-state undergraduate), $6,383.41 (out-of-state undergraduate), $4,276.80 (in-state graduate), $6,715.44 (out-of-state graduate)*****
Teaching and Educational Leadership Degree Levels Offered Bachelor's, master's, doctoral degrees, and post-graduate certificates** Bachelor's, master's, doctoral degrees, and post-graduate certificates ** Associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees**
Teaching and Educational Leadership Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012 701** 290** 237**
Most Popular Teaching and Educational Leadership Programs in 2011-2012 Bachelor's in elementary education and teaching (170 awarded) ** Bachelor's in elementary education and teaching (93 awarded)** Master's in curriculum and instruction (46 awarded)**
Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time) for 2005 Undergraduate Entering Class 44%** 46%** 21%**
Noteworthy UNM's College of Education uses Tk20, an interactive on-line tool that helps students organize their work, share it with faculty and others, and build a portfolio to give prospective employers. NMSU is the state's only NASA Space Grant College. School of Education faculty at NMHU are in the forefront of the emerging field of research about creativity and learning.

Sources: *U.S. News & World Report 2013 rankings, **NCES College Navigator, ***University of New Mexico, ****New Mexico State University *****New Mexico Highlands University

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Winner: University of New Mexico

  • UNM's College of Education holds accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, an important stamp of approval.
  • The College of Education offers programs that train teachers to teach students who speak other languages.
  • UNM gives out more than $50 million in scholarships every year.
  • The 800-acre campus of 28,977 students is in downtown Albuquerque, a city of over two million surrounded by the rugged beauty of the Sangre de Christo Mountains and the Rio Grande.

UNM offers state-approved undergraduate programs leading to either the BAEd or the BSEd in elementary or secondary education that will prepare graduates for initial licensure by the New Mexico Public Education Department; admission to the teacher preparation program is in addition to admission to the degree program. Undergraduates must complete 69 credit hours of general and pre-professional education and 36 hours of professional education, which includes practice teaching; this preparation leads to a bachelor of arts (or science, depending on your selection of courses), in elementary education and initial licensure as an elementary school teacher in New Mexico. The undergraduate program in secondary education also awards bachelor of arts (or science) in secondary education and requires course work in general education (66 credits), professional education (27 credits), and a subject, or content area of study (24-58 credits). Graduate programs (MA, EdD, PhD) and certificates (EdS) in special or advanced teaching areas as well as educational leadership also prepare individuals for careers in teaching at all levels, educational administration, and research. The US News & World Report's 2013 rankings place UNM at 100 in public universities and at 179 in national universities, but does not rank the university's education programs.

Runner-Up #1: New Mexico State University

  • The School of Education at New Mexico State University holds a US News national rank at 132.
  • NMSU is located in Las Cruces, the second-largest city in the state (population just under 100,000) and nearby the White Sands Testing Site and Missile Range.
  • The US Department of Education has designated MNSU a Hispanic-serving institution.
  • NMSU has a wide array of research projects, funded by the National Science Foundation and others, to promote STEM education for minority students.

The NMSU College of Education offers majors in early childhood, elementary, secondary, and special education that lead to a bachelor of science in education degree and initial state licensure as a teachers. These majors require a minimum of 132 credits, and entrance into the teacher preparation program requires a separate application after the completion of 55 credit hours. There are master of arts in education administration degree programs specific areas of educational leadership, including community college and university administration and PK-12 public school administration; these programs are offered on-line and have limited residency requirements. To be eligible for admission to the PK-12 program, applicants must possess a teaching license and have a minimum of three years' teaching experience in these grades. The PK-12 program also leads to additional licensure. The doctoral program in educational leadership is not accepting applications at this time.

Runner-Up #2: New Mexico Highlands University

  • NMHU has its roots in teacher education, its founding mission.
  • In 2013 New Mexico Department of Higher Education awarded the School of Education a grant to support professional development for middle school teachers.
  • NMHU also holds accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
  • Students at NMHU are encouraged to follow the Cowboy Code of living.

The smallest of the three universities, with an on-campus enrollment of 2400 students, New Mexico Highlands University offers students a more intimate environment for their education. NMHU offers an associate's degree in education, the bachelor of science in education, and master of arts degree; students seeking a bachelor's degree and initial licensure in teaching complete a minimum of 128 credits and may choose from one of four majors: special education, early childhood multicultural education elementary education, and general science education for secondary school teachers. After completing general educations courses students may seek admission to the School of Education, then complete course and field work in three areas, which NMHU calls Alpha, Beta, and Gamma. Students must also use an on-line portfolio manager called Chalk & Wire. Students interested in a master's degree in educational leadership have two options, a track that leads to K-12 licensure and one that does not.

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