The Early Childhood Program Administration Concentration is designed for students who would like to run their own business in early childhood or work as program directors, assistant directors, or lead teachers in an early childhood setting. Individuals will graduate with a strong background in early childhood and early childhood administration.
Students pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Program Administration can earn an Early Childhood Program Administration Certificate of Achievement while working towards the Associate degree. Students who complete the CNM Early Childhood Program Administration Certificate are eligible to apply for an Early Childhood Program Administration certificate from the New Mexico Office of Child Development. This certificate meets CYFD regulations for director qualifications. For more information, contact the Office of Child Development.
Students completing a degree in Early Childhood Multicultural Education may also meet the requirements for the Child Development, Certificate of Achievement. This CNM certificate fulfills the coursework requirement for the New Mexico Child Development Certificate. Individuals must be currently working in a child-care setting to qualify for the state certificate. To apply 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. Successful completion requires verification of coursework completion, a professional resource file, a family opinion questionnaire, an 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.
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.