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.
The Birth-3rd Grade Teacher 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). CNM offers early childhood coursework in English and in Spanish.
Student pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Birth-3rd grade can complete the Child Development Certificate of Achievement while working towards the associate degree. 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.
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.