NMSU education graduate programs ranked

Graduate programs in early childhood education, educational leadership and administration, and curriculum and instruction at New Mexico State University’s College of Education have been recognized by educational ranking websites as some of the best in the nation.

The website onlinemasters.com ranked the early childhood master’s program at NMSU as 19th out of 50 programs reviewed.

NMSU “provides students with advanced studies to improve their knowledge and skills in early childhood education,” the site states. “This program prepares students for advanced practice in teacher education and gives them the skills to work with families, program management and other areas related to early childhood development.”

The doctoral program in curriculum and instruction was ranked No. 7 by thebestschools.org website. “Designed for mid-career professionals, the program prepares students with the advanced knowledge necessary to pursue a variety of upper-level careers in education,” the site says.

The online doctoral program in educational leadership and administration was ranked seventh by educational-leadership-degrees.com, which noted that the program includes in-depth coursework in educational law and policy.

SFPS hires new general counsel

Joshua Granata, a former teacher at Atalaya Elementary School, has been hired as general counsel for Santa Fe Public Schools.

Granata most recently was an assistant attorney general for five years and represented the state in a lawsuit involving Zuni schools’ challenge to capital outlay funding. He also served as counsel to the Public Education Commission on all matters, including charter school applications.

After earning a law degree from the University of New Mexico, Granata was named senior trial attorney for the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office, where he prosecuted criminal cases in all courts.

During his teaching career, Granata worked at Atalaya for six years as a third- and fourth-grade teacher, testing coordinator and literary specialist, and at Agua Fria Elementary School, teaching students from first to sixth grades in a pullout program. He also taught second grade.

SFCC Paramedic Program Accepting Applications

The Emergency Medical Services Institute at Santa Fe Community College is accepting Paramedic Training Program applications until July 31 at 5 p.m. for the yearlong certificate program that starts October 14.

Applicants must be a currently licensed New Mexico emergency medical technician — basic or intermediate and up-to-date with their certifications. The application fee is $30 and is nonrefundable.

Entrance to the program is competitive. All applications will be reviewed and applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be invited to take the test. Testing is scheduled for Aug. 13 and Aug. 14 at SFCC.

Applicants who are invited to test will need to attend one of the two testing days. The tests include a computer-based exam on emergency medical technician knowledge, an interview and brief scenarios to demonstrate applicant’s grasp and understanding of EMT-level material.

After the exams are graded and ranked, the top 18 candidates will be offered positions in the program. Candidates will be notified by Aug. 23. Successful candidates have until Aug. 30 to accept, after which the position will be offered to the next qualified candidate. Classes for the yearlong program begin Oct. 14, with graduation slated for December 2020.