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This degree is designed for students who are working or would like to work in the field of early childhood, which includes PreK-3rd grade in the elementary schools. This Associate of Arts degree is fully transferable to any college or university in New Mexico with an early childhood associate or bachelor’s degree.
- Birth – 3rd Teacher: This concentration is designed for students who are or would like to work as early childhood teachers in the private sector, teacher’s aides in an elementary school, or interested in becoming a licensed PreK- 3rd grade teacher in an elementary school (upon completion of a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood).
- Early Childhood Program Administration: This concentration is designed for people who are or would like to work as administrators of early education programs. Students completing this degree can continue to a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood.
- Family, Infant, & Toddler: This concentration is designed for people who are or would like to work in the early intervention or home visiting field and/or complete a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood.
Student pursuing the New Mexico Child Development Certificate must be currently working in a child-care setting. In order to qualify for the New Mexico Child Development Certificate, an applicant must request a Certificate Packet from the New Mexico Kids Network office by calling (505) 277-1118. To successfully complete this packet requires verification of completion of certificate coursework, professional resource file, family opinion questionnaire, observation and oral interview.
Students completing all of the ECME coursework within any degree concentration are eligible to apply for the One Year Vocational Certificate issued by the New Mexico Office of Child Development. For more information, contact the Office of Child Development at (505) 827-7946.
Students completing the Family, Infant and Toddler degree concentration may apply for initial certification as a Developmental Specialist I Advanced at http://nmhealth.org/ddsd/nmfit/
Students may be required to undergo a TB test and a criminal background check prior to begining their field / practicum experience. All courses required for transfer must be taken for a traditional grade of A, B, C, etc. For courses offered only for credit / no credit, a grade of credit (CR) must be earned.
Career and Educational Opportunities
Gainful Employment information is available from Job Connection Services.
Students from all concentrations of studies are employed almost immediately upon graduation. There is tremendous need for well-qualified early care and education workers in some of the following areas: child care, educational assistants, head start and early care teachers, early care administration, early intervention and home visiting. Work is available with programs such as Head Start, Even Start, private and public child-care facilities and preschools serving the needs of children birth to age five. Private and public schools also employ students as educational assistants.
Exit competencies (see Program Exit Competencies ) for this program of study are available at cnm.edu/exitcomp.
For the graduation policy refer to the Graduating From CNM section, cnm.edu or the Students tab in my CNM.
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