School of Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences (CHSS)
The Early Childhood Program Administration Concentration is designed for students who would like to run their own business in early childhood or work as program directors, assistant directors, or lead teachers in an early childhood setting. Individuals will graduate with a strong background in early childhood and early childhood administration.
Students pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Program Administration can earn an Early Childhood Program Administration Certificate of Achievement while working towards the Associate degree. Students who complete the CNM Early Childhood Program Administration Certificate are eligible to apply for an Early Childhood Program Administration certificate from the New Mexico Office of Child Development. This certificate meets CYFD regulations for director qualifications. For more information, contact the Office of Child Development.
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Students completing a degree in Early Childhood Multicultural Education may also meet the requirements for the Child Development, Certificate of Achievement . This CNM 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.
Students transferring to a four-year college of education for a bachelor’s degree in education will need passing scores on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) upon program completion. For more information on the Praxis Core, please go to: https://www.ets.org/praxis/nm
- 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.
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Students in early childhood are immediately employable upon graduation. Well-qualified educators are needed as early care and education teachers, public school educational assistants, Head Start teachers, administrators, early interventionists, and home visitors. Students are encouraged to continue with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood to become qualified for additional career opportunities.
For the graduation policy refer to the Graduating from CNM section, cnm.edu or the Students tab in my CNM.