May 13, 2021  
2018 - 2020 CNM Catalog, Volume 50 
2018 - 2020 CNM Catalog, Volume 50 [The CNM Academic Year includes Fall, Spring, Summer Terms]

Early Childhood Multicultural Education (AA), Birth-3rd Grade Teacher Concentration

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School of Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences (CHSS)

The Early Childhood Multicultural Education degree with a concentration in Birth-3rd Grade Teacher 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. CNM offers early childhood coursework in English and in Spanish.

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Students completing a degree in Early Childhood Multicultural Education may also meet the requirements for the CNM Child Development Certificate .  This 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.

This Associates of Arts program meets the universal coursework requirements as established by the New Mexico Early Childhood Higher Education Task Force acting under the authority of the New Mexico Early Learning Advisory Council.

Special Requirements

A background check is required for students enrolled in the Early Childhood Multicultural Education practicum courses which are required for the successful completion of this degree or certificate.

Approximate Costs of this Educational Option

Financial Aid Considerations

Career Opportunities

Students in early childhood 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.

For the graduation policy refer to the Graduating from CNM section, or the Students tab in my CNM.

Program Requirements


Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Multicultural Education, Birth - 3rd Grade Teacher Concentration 64 credit hours

* Recommended for transfer to a 4-year program.

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