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Graduate Studies in Education

Northern New Mexico College is partnering with Adams State University to offer a two-year Master of Arts in Educational Leadership (Initial Principal Licensure) program.

The program is designed to equip qualified and experienced educators with the knowledge and skills necessary to assume leadership positions in schools, particularly the positions of program supervisor/director or building principal/assistant principal.


Registration is now open!
Contact: Dr. Joaquin Vilá
Dean, College of Education

505 747-2194

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Studies include: leadership, school management, law and finance. The program emphasizes the role of a school leader as collaborator and creator of a supportive and stimulating environment for children and teachers.

We follow a cohort model limited to 10-12 students to maximize student learning and participation. Part-time assistantships are available.


In 2012, Northern New Mexico College launched its first master's program in Educational Leadership, partnering with its sister College of Education at New Mexico State University. Its mission was to deliver high quality, distance education instruction to northern New Mexico teachers and administrators. The program was funded by Northern New Mexico College's Title V AVANCE Grant, which graduated its first cohort in May 2013. Today, graduates of this first cohort are practicing educational administrators in northern New Mexico’s various school districts.

Northern offers over 50 bachelor's, associate and certificate programs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math); Nursing and Health Sciences; Liberal Arts and Humanities; Arts, Film & Media; Business Administration; Teacher Education and Technical Trades.
Northern New Mexico College is the most affordable 4-year college in the Southwestern US. Choose us for our value, our quality degree and continuing education programs in diverse areas of study, and our experienced faculty. We provide students with unique opportunities for academic, personal, and professional growth, small class sizes, personalized attention, and strong hands-on experiences from day one.
The Northern Foundation remains committed to stimulate leadership, promote equity, and grow resources and philanthropy in the Española Valley and surrounding rural areas. Over the past twenty years, we have granted $1.3 million to support over 1,250 NNMC students.