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) 250-6725. To successfully complete this packet requires verification of completion of certificate coursework, professional resource file, family opinion questionnaire, observation and oral interview.
Students who complete the Child Development Certificate will be able to continue their coursework to pursue an Associate of Arts degree in Early Childhood Multicultural Education (ECME) in the following degree concentrations:
Birth - 3rd Teacher: This concentration is designed for educators working in early care and education as teachers, public school educational assistants or interested in becoming a licensed PreK- 3rd grade teacher in an elementary school by continuing to receive a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood.
Early Childhood Program Administration: This concentration is designed for administrators of early education programs. Students completing this degree can continue to a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood.
Infant Family Studies: This concentration is for educators working in early intervention or home visiting. Students completing this degree can continue to a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood.
A background check is not required for successful completion of this certificate; however, it may be required for certain employment opportunities.
Although the program is not eligible for Federal Financial Aid, there are some possible outside funding options (i.e. VA, DVR, institutional funding, etc.). For more information go to http://www.cnm.edu/depts/financial-aid.
Students who receive the Child Development Certificate are immediately employable upon graduation. Well-qualified educators are needed as early care and education teachers, educational assistants, Head Start assistant teachers, administrators, early interventionists, and home visitors. Students are encouraged to continue with the associate’s degree in Early Childhood Multicultural Education for additional career opportunities.