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New Mexico State University

Credit Options

Most RETA workshops can be taken for either undergraduate or graduate credit through New Mexico State University. These courses are offered through the College of Extended Learning (CEL). This page explains the admission procedures, course options, enrollment process, costs, and course expections.

The Process

Earning NMSU credit for RETA workshops is a 5 step process:

Step 1 — Sign up for RETA

The first step is to sign up for RETA. If you have already done this, great! On to step 2.

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Step 2 — Get admitted to NMSU

(If you are currently an NMSU student, you can skip this step)

  1. Apply online [or contact the Admissions Office to request other ways to apply].
  2. Click the "First time user account creation" link.
  3. Create a LoginID and PIN.
  4. Choose "Non-Degree — Undergraduate" as your application type.
  5. Fill out your the application (Note: the Application Preference is meaningless. Any number will do).
  6. When complete, click the "Application is Complete" button.

Call the Admissions Office a few days after submitting your form to ensure that it was received. You will be charged a first-time student admission fee. This is a one-time fee (see Step 4, for payment options). Contact the Admissions Office for the current fee.

If you are a graduate student at another institution of higher learning, you will be admitted to NMSU as a Non-Degree Undergraduate. If you are planning on having the CEL credits count as part of a Masters, Ed Specialist, or Doctorate, it is your responsibility to have your home institution advisor approve the CEL graduate credits as part of your degree plan. It is recommended that you secure this approval before you enroll, register, and pay for the CEL RETA course(s).

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Step 3 - Select and register for a course

You will register for NMSU courses in your myNMSU Banner account. Below is a list of RETA's course options for the 2007-2008 school year. All of RETA's courses are considered NMSU distance education classes.

CEL 495 - Special Topics

Course Level Credits Semesters Documents
NMTA-Competency Preparation undergrad 1 Fall & Spring Syllabus

CEL 595 - Special Topics

Course Level Credits Semesters Documents
3-Tier Licensure graduate 3 Spring Syllabus Rubric
Tech Integration graduate 3 Fall & Spring Syllabus Rubric
Other course as needed graduate 1-6 TBD TBD

To Register

  1. Log in to myNMSU. (Help activating your myNMSU account)
  2. Click the Student and Financial Aid tab.
  3. Click the "Banner Self-Service" link.
  4. Click the "Student and Financial Aid" link.
  5. Click the "Registration" link.
  6. Click the "Look Up Classes" link.
  7. Choose a term and click the "Submit" button to continue.
  8. Use the selection options to search the class schedule; you must choose at least one subject. (In our case EDUC)
  9. Click the check box (under the Select column) that corresponds to the class you would like to take.
  10. Click the "Register" button.
  • NMSU Registrar's Office
  • (575) 646-3411
  • MSC 3AR / P.O. Box 30001, Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001

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Step 4 — Pay for the course


NMSU Distance Education tuition and fees are the same rate as main campus plus a $15 per credit hour Distance Education fee. Additionally, some courses have their own special course fees. For more information about tuition, fees, payment options, and the current schedule of costs, see NMSU's Schedule of Costs page.


You must pay your tuition bill by the semester deadline or you will be disenrolled from your classes. See this semester's list of Important Dates for more information.

To pay your bill online ... step by step

  1. Log in to myNMSU.
  2. Click the "Student and Financial Aid" tab.
  3. Click the "Banner Self-Service" link.
  4. Click the "Student and Financial Aid" link.
  5. Click the "Student Account" link.
  6. Click the "Credit Card Payment" link.
  7. Login to the Web Payment System.
  8. Click on the "make payment" link.
  9. Click on one of your charges.
  10. Fill out the price field and click the "Add to basket" button.
  11. If needed, click the "Continue Shopping" button to pay more charges.
  12. When ready to make your payment, click the "Checkout" button .
  13. Follow the on-screen instructions to submit your payment information.

To pay by touch-tone phone

(575) 646-1680 or toll free at 1-888-PAY-NMSU

The University accepts VISA, MasterCard, Discover/Novus cards and Debit Cards with these same credit card logos.

To pay by mail

Send a check or money order to the address below. Allow 1-2 weeks for delivery and processing.

  • New Mexico State University - Accounts Receivable
  • MSC 4570
  • PO Box 30001
  • Las Cruces, NM 88003

Note: If you cannot include a copy of your current bill in the envelope, write your NMSU ID number on the payment. Your NMSU ID number is listed on the myNMSU "Student and Financial Aid" tab home page.

For more payment information please visit the NMSU Accounts Receivable website or contact them at (575) 646-4911.

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Step 5 — Complete the course requirements

The course requirements are included in the syllabus for that particular course. Your RETA workshop instructor(s) is/are responsible for monitoring your participation in the workshops and completion of course requirements, as well as issuing a final grade. It is your responsibility to inform your RETA instructor(s) of your intention to take the workshops for credit. Even if you are undecided but interested in taking the workshops for credit, it is recommended you at least let your RETA instructor(s) know of your interest. It is very important you communicate regularly with your RETA instructor(s) because of submission deadlines.

  • Phone: (575) 646-8231 | Fax: (575) 646-2044
  • Milton Hall 185, MSC 3CEL, P.O. Box 30001
  • Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001