Dec 02, 2020  
2015 - 2016 CNM Catalog, Volume 48.1 
    
2015 - 2016 CNM Catalog, Volume 48.1 [The CNM Academic Year includes Fall, Spring, Summer Terms]

Child Development, Certificate of Achievement


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School of Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences (CHSS)

Description

The CNM Child Development Certificate of Achievement is aligned to support the New Mexico Child Development Certificate (CDC) offered by the New Mexico Office of Child Development. The New Mexico Child Development Certificate is the state equivalent of the Child Development Associate (CDA). CNM offers the coursework for the Child Development Certificate in English and Spanish.

The CNM Child Development Certificate fulfills the coursework 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. 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.

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/

Approximate Costs of this Educational Option

Financial Aid Considerations

Career and Educational Opportunities

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. 

Recommended Sequence of Courses


Program Proficiencies and/or Prerequisites


Students must demonstrate proficiency in these areas either by placement exam scores  or specific course work.

Child Development, Certificate of Achievement, 11-12 credit hours


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