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.
Students pursuing a degree in Family Infant Toddler Studies can complete a Family Infant and Toddler Studies, Certificate of Achievement while working towards the associate degree. Students who complete this certificate are eligible to apply for a Family Infant Toddler Studies Certificate offered by the New Mexico Office of Child Development. For more information, contact the Office of Child Development at (505) 827-7946.
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 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: home visiting, early intervention, infant and toddler child care, educational assistants, and early head start. 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. For the graduation policy refer to the Graduating from CNM section, cnm.edu or the Students tab in myCNM.