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New Mexico State University
Graduate Catalog


Interim Dean and Associate Vice Provost • Roberta Derlin

Academic Program Coordinator • Kelley S. Hestir

Academic Advisor • Jimi Ickes

The College of Extended Learning extends New Mexico State University's reach beyond traditional campuses, classrooms, and academic programs to provide a wide range of educational opportunities for students to meet their academic, professional, and personal learning goals.

Distance Education at NMSU is designed to serve students who live a significant distance away from the main campus or have scheduling conflicts due to family or work obligations and who find distance education the best solution to educational advancement. Distance education graduate degree programs at NMSU are delivered using both technology and face-to-face instruction at off-site locations such as NMSU community college campuses. For a complete degree list and more information, visit the Distance Education website at

The College of Extended Learning also provides educational and partnership opportunities for faculty and staff in the University community through training, networking, and mentoring. The College of Extended Learning is located in Milton Hall, room 185. Contact by calling (575) 646-8231 or (800) 821-1574, or For current information visit


The College of Extended Learning provides comprehensive distance learning opportunities to meet diverse educational and professional needs anytime, anywhere. Distance education courses from NMSU are delivered using the most innovative technology and methods available, including web-based technologies, ITV (Interactive Television), faculty exchanges, and off-site classes. Degree programs include masters’ degrees and doctorates.

Students who wish to take Distance Education courses offered by NMSU for graduate credit must be admitted to the Graduate School prior to enrollment in the class. To receive credit for these courses registration at the NMSU Graduate School is required.

NMSU Student Learning Outcomes Assessment

Students enrolled in the College of Extended Learning will participate in NMSU's Student Learning Outcomes Assessment program as required.

Programs Offered Through Distance Education

NMSU's distance education programs are designed to serve students who may not be able to pursue an education through traditional means, and include certificate and licensure programs, graduate masters’ and doctoral programs. In some cases, brief residencies on the NMSU Las Cruces campus may be a requirement of the program. See “College of Extended Learning: Distance Education” in the General Information chapter of this catalog or visit for a complete listing of programs.

Graduate courses are offered at various locations and through different delivery channels by members of the NMSU faculty. Such courses are conducted according to the same standards as those offered on the campus. All rules and regulations pertaining to graduate study apply equally to students at these locations and to the graduate students in residence on the campus. Special examinations, such as department qualifying examinations conducted before admission to candidacy and final examinations for master's degree candidates, must be taken under the supervision of NMSU faculty.

College of Extended Learning- Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning (OTL)

The College of Extended Learning offers the graduate certificate in Online Teaching and Learning, a one or two-year program consisting of five 3-credit courses that culminates in an online teaching practicum. The certificate program is designed for higher education or K12 educators, corporate or military trainers, education and training consultants, or professional development service providers interested in developing formal online teaching environments. Students will design and develop an online course in the subject area of their choice, providing them with the opportunity to learn general, and subject-specific, online teaching and learning principles and strategies. Courses are delivered via Blackboard with several synchronous and face-to-face meetings throughout the year. The certificate program courses also apply towards the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) offered by the College of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction in collaboration with the College of Extended Learning.

Teaching Academy

The Teaching Academy supports teachers, enhances learning, and builds community by providing training, networking, and mentoring to all NMSU educators. The Academy provides workshops and short courses on teaching, time management, mentoring, scholarly writing, and other topics, as well as trips to teaching conferences. The Teaching Academy is located in room 50, Milton Hall. Detailed information is available at, by telephone at (575) 646-2204, or through email at

Online Course Improvement Program

The Online Course Improvement Program provides main campus faculty with a variety of free faculty services and options for discounted external services that focus on improving the quality of online teaching and learning. This program compliments services currently available through The Teaching Academy and Instructional Innovation and Quality. Services include online course consultations and reviews, workshops and webinars, a resource center for online teaching and learning, and a professional development program for faculty who want to commit to a one-year facilitated program.

Technology-Based Programs

Distance education programs listed under this category are delivered primarily using distance learning technologies. In some cases, programs may require brief residencies on the main campus for orientation, assessment, or other activities. Technologies used to deliver distance education at NMSU include:

  • Blackboard: enabling instructors to utilize the Internet in the delivery of a course
  • Adobe Connect: a synchronous Web delivery solution for conducting virtual or "live" classroom events through the Web
  • NMSU Media Services: provides course delivery through cable television, satellite, teleconferencing, and more

Courses may use a "blended approach" to instruction by integrating two or more types of technologies shown above to promote engaging and effective learning.

Media Technologies

Media Technologies facilitates two-way video conferencing for meetings and distance education courses. In addition, services are available for voice-over IP, audio and video duplication, standards conversions, field and studio videotaping, editing, and course delivery through cable television, satellite, teleconferencing, and more. Courses at NMSU may use a blended approach to instruction that integrates two or more types of these technologies to promote engaging and effective learning.

Weekend Courses

For students who find it difficult or impossible to take classes during the week because of work or family responsibilities, the College of Extended Learning offers regular, full-credit courses taught weekly on Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday at the Las Cruces campus.

Courses are available for anyone wanting to start or return to college and for those wishing to take courses for personal enrichment. Detailed information is available at or by telephone at (575) 646-5837 or (800) 821-1574.


Distance education programs listed under this category are delivered primarily face-to-face at off-site/extension locations. Often, these courses use technology to enhance instruction and learning. Programs are located at NMSU branch campuses and other locations throughout the state. The degree programs below are organized according to location of delivery. For more information visit and


Graduate Licenses

— College of Education

• Post-B.A. Elementary Licensure


Graduate Licenses

— College of Education

• Post-B.A. Elementary Licensure


Graduate Certificates and Licenses

— College of Education

• Post-B.A. Elementary Licensure


Master's Degrees

— College of Arts and Sciences

•Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ)

—College of Education

•Doctorate in Educational Leadership (Ed.D)

— College of Engineering

• Master of Science in Industrial Engineering

— College of Health and Social Services

• Master of Social Work (MSW)

• Master of Public Heath (MPH)

Los Alamos National Lab

Master's Degrees

— College of Business

• Master of Business Administration

Sandia National Lab

Master's Degrees

— College of Business

• Master of Business Administration

White Sands Missile Range

Master's Degrees

— College of Business

• Master of Business Administration

CEL- Online teaching/learning

CEL 495. Directed Studies 1-6 cr.
Individual study directed by consenting faculty. Consent of instructor required.
CEL 498. Degree Capstone 3 cr.
A final academic project reflecting BAS/BIS career; study plans and reflections on degree completion experience.
CEL 499. Internship 1-6 cr.
Placement experience for BAS/BIS students to participate in career oriented academic and professional level opportunities. Consent of instructor required.
CEL 560. Fostering Online Learning Communities 3 cr.
Examines theoretical and practical aspects of communication and collaboration and their impact on the formation of online learning communities for those teaching adults in higher education, business, or government settings.
CEL 570. Designing and Organizing Online Learning Environments 3 cr.
Explores the theories, models, approaches, technologies, and methods of online teaching and adult learning. Provides a foundation for examining the roles and characteristics of the online teacher and learner for those teaching adults in higher education, business, or government settings. Prerequisites: CEL 560
CEL 571. Design and Delivery of Webconferences and Webinars 3 cr.
This course provides hands-on experiences with web conferencing and examines the theory and research of webconferencing’s impact on teaching and learning. Consent of instructor required.
CEL 580. Tools and Techniques for Online Teaching 3 cr.
Examines the theoretical and practical implications of various asynchronous and synchronous tools and their impact on teaching and learning through research and hands-on experience. Prerequisites: CEL 570
CEL 581. Emerging Technology Tools and Techniques 3 cr.
This course examines the theory, research, and practice of emerging technologies for educational practice and their impact on online teaching and learning. Prerequisite(s): CEL 580 Tools and Techniques for Online Teaching, or equivalent course.
CEL 590. Assessing and Evaluating Online Learning 3 cr.
Explores a variety of online assessment and evaluation options with an emphasis on continual assessment and evaluation to improve teaching and learning. Prerequisites: CEL 580
CEL 595. Directed Studies 3 cr.
Supervised academic work. Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor