Education Program

Kathleen O'Connor

Program Manager: Kathleen O’Connor, Assistant Professor of Education
(505) 287-6693 | katioco@nmsu.edu

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Degrees and Certificates

Associate of Education

The Education Program facilitates an introduction to learning the theory and skills required for working with children K-12 in the public school system. Graduates of the program are able to find employment as educational assistant or substitute teachers within New Mexico. (Download the Degree Check Sheet) Completion of this program does NOT guarantee admission into a Teacher Education Program at a four-year institution.

Students interested in becoming a licensed teacher in an elementary school can do so upon completion of a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education. (K-8) Licensure. This concentration is fully transferable to any college or university in New Mexico with an Education Associate Degree or Bachelors Degree.

Associate of Early Childhood Education

Birth through Third Grade

This concentration is designed for students who are or would like to work as early childhood teachers in the private sector or teacher assistants in an elementary school. Students interested in becoming a licensed PreK-3rd grade teacher in an elementary school can do so upon completion of a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. This concentration is fully transferable to any college or university in New Mexico with an Early Childhood Associate Degree or Bachelors Degree. (Download Degree Check Sheet) Completion of this program does NOT guarantee admission into a Teacher Education Program at a four-year institution.

Early Childhood Education Certificate

This Para-Professional Certificate consists of 33 credits and is available to students who have decided to commit to the area of Early Childhood Education. The requirements of this one-year vocational certificate for the state of New Mexico. (Download Certificate Check Sheet)

Other Information and Resources

Child Development Certificate (CDC) (New Mexico Credentialing Program)

Credential Preparation Courses. This program addresses the seven general early childhood education competency areas required as partial fulfillment of the New Mexico Public Education Department of Education licensure in Early Childhood Education (birth to third grade). For more information, click to download information on the Child Development Certificate or more information on the Early Childhood Education Career Pathways Lattice.

Advising Information

Students in the Education Program may see the advisors at Student Services located at Martinez Hall Main Office. It is recommended that students see Kathleen O’Connor for advisement within the first year of study to keep on target for degree completion. Please call or email ahead for appointment (505-287-6693 or katioco@nmsu.edu).

Field Service/Practicum Courses

Field placement or practicum classes will involve working with or observing students in the classroom. Contact Kathleen O’Connor for Placement options.

Associate of Early Childhood Education — ECED 220 Curriculum Implementation Through Play Practicum I (Infants and Toddlers). 75 Hours in the classroom. *Fingerprint and Criminal Background Clearance Required.

ECED 230 Curriculum Implementation Practicum II — (Age 3 to 3rd Grade) 75 Hours in the classroom. *Fingerprint and Criminal Background Clearance Required.

Associate of Education
EDUC 103 Internship in Bilingual Education, 15 Hours in the Classroom.
EDUC 181 Field Experience, 15 Hours in the Classroom.

Requirements for Classroom Observation/Practicum Courses
Fingerprints and Criminal Background Clearance can be obtained at:

For Students in Las Cruces — In order to fulfill practicum requirements in the public school system, you must complete the forms listed below.

  • Volunteer Packet
  • LCPS Policy Forms
  • Criminal History Affidavit
  • State and Federal Background Checks

Contact: LCPS Human Resources Office | 505 S. Main, Suite 249 | Las Cruces, NM 88001 | (575) 527-5800

New Mexico Teacher Assessments — Students who plan on application to Bachelor Programs in Elementary Education or Early Childhood Education will be required to take the NM Basic Skills Test for their prospective program. Elementary Education Students will be required to also pass the Content Knowledge Assessment, Teacher Competency Assessment, and Essential Components of Elementary Reading Instruction Test.

Early Learning Guidelines for Birth Through Kindergarten (pdf)

Scholarship for Early Childhood Education (TEACH)

College of Education Scholarship Opportunities

New Mexico Association for The Education of Young Children

New Mexico Kids

Early Childhood Education Career Lattice Brochure

NMSU Paths to Becoming a Teacher

New Mexico Public Education Department to learn about state licensure requirements, Common Core Standards, and updates within the NM Department of Education.

New Mexico Alternative Licensure Options

Catalog Course List

The first digit in the course number indicates whether the course is a freshman (1xx) or sophomore (2xx) level course. The next two digits indicate the course sequence. The 3 cr. indicates that the course is a 3-credit course. The (2+4P) means that the class meets for two hours per week for recitation or lecture and also requires 4 hours per week of “practice” (laboratory, field work, or other activities). The suffix N denotes that the course credits will not apply to baccalaureate and specified associate degrees. The suffix G denotes that the course meets General Education common core requirements for transfer to other New Mexico institutions of higher education, as established by the New Mexico Higher Education Department. Note that some courses without a G also meet transfer requirements.

ECED-Early Childhood Education

ECED 115. Child Growth, Development, and Learning 3 cr.
Biological-physical, social, cultural, emotional, cognitive, and language domains of child growth and development. The process of development and the adult’s role in supporting each child’s growth, development, and learning.

ECED 125. Health, Safety, and Nutrition2 cr.
Sound health, safety, and nutritional practices to provide an emotionally and physically safe environment for young children in partnership with their families.

ECED 135. Family and Community Collaboration 3 cr.
Development of open, friendly, and collaborative relationships with each child’s family, encouraging family involvement, and supporting the child’s relationship with his or her family. The diverse cultures and languages representative of families in New Mexico’s communities are honored. Prerequisites: ECED 115 and ENGL 111G.

ECED 215. Curriculum Development through Play 3 cr.
The beginning curriculum course places play at the center of curriculum in developmentally appropriate early childhood programs. It addresses content that is relevant for children birth through age four and developmentally and culturally sensitive ways of integrating content into teaching and learning experiences. Information on adapting content areas to meet the needs of children with diverse abilities and the development of IFSP’s and IEP’s is included. Consent of instructor required. Prerequisite(s): ECED 115 and ENGL 111G. Corequisite(s): ECED 220.

ECED 220. Early Childhood Education Practicum I 2 cr.
The beginning practicum course will provide experiences that address curriculum content that is relevant for children birth through age four in developmentally and culturally sensitive ways. Consent of instructor required. Prerequisite(s): ECED 115 and ENGL 111G. Corequisite(s): ECED 215.

ECED 225. Curriculum Development and Implementation II 3 cr.
The second curriculum course focuses on developmentally appropriate curriculum content in early childhood programs, age 3 through third grade. Development and implementation of curriculum in all content areas, including literacy, numeracy, the arts, health and emotional wellness, science, motor and social skills, is emphasized. Information on adapting content areas to meet the needs of children with diverse abilities and the development of IEP’s is included. Consent of instructor required. Prerequisite(s): ECED 115, ENGL 111G. Corequisite(s): ECED 230.

ECED 230. Early Childhood Education Practicum II 2 cr.
The second field-based curriculum course focuses on practicing developmentally appropriate curriculum content in early childhood programs, age 3 through third grade. Consent of instructor required. Prerequisite(s): ECED 115, ENGL 111G. Corequisite(s): ECED 225.

ECED 235. Introduction to Reading and Literacy Development 3 cr.
This course is designed to prepare early childhood professionals for promoting children’s emergent literacy and reading development. Through a developmental approach, the course addresses ways in which early childhood professionals can foster young children’s oral language development, phonemic awareness, and literacy problem solving skills, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Prerequisite(s): ECED 115 and ENGL 111G.

ECED 245. Early Childhood Education Professionalism 2 cr.
This course provides a broad-based orientation to the field of early care and education. Early childhood history, philosophy, ethics and advocacy are introduced. Basic principles of early childhood systems are explored. Multiple perspectives on early care and education are introduced. Professional responsibilities such as cultural responsiveness and reflective practice are examined.

ECED 255. Assessment of Children and Evaluation of Programs 3 cr.
This basic course familiarizes students with a variety of culturally appropriate assessment methods and instruments, including systematic observation of typically and non-typically developing children. Prerequisite(s): ECED 115 and ENGL 111G. Crosslisted with: SPED 255

ECED 265. Guiding Young Children 3 cr.
This course explores various theories of child guidance and the practical applications of each. It provides developmentally appropriate methods for guiding children and effective strategies and suggestions for facilitating positive social interactions. Strategies for preventing challenging behaviors through the use of environment, routines and schedule will be presented.

C EP-Counseling and Educational Psychology

C EP 110G. Human Growth and Behavior 3 cr.
Introduction to the principles of human growth and development throughout the life span.

C EP 210. Educational Psychology 3 cr.
Psychological foundations as they apply to the learner in the classroom setting.

C EP 299. Academic Excellence Classes 1-6cr.
Academic curriculum of excellence that includes the development of collaborative learning and student success environment, learning diverse learning styles and multiple intelligences, and developing multi-contextual academic communication styles.

EDUC-Education

EDUC 181. Field Experience I1 cr.
Introduction to public school teaching, school visits, classroom observations and discussion seminar.

EDUC 195. Individual Topics in Education 1-3 cr.
Supervised study in a specific area of interest. Each course shall be designated by a qualifying subtitle. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits.

EDUC 204. Foundations of Bilingual/ESL Education 3 cr.
Explore and review the historical, legal, philosophical, theoretical and pedagogical paradigms of bilingual/ESL education.

EMD-Educational Management and Development

EMD 101. Freshman Orientation 1 cr.
Introduction to the university and to the College of Education. Discussion of and planning for individualized education program and field experience. Graded S/U.

EMD 250. Introduction to Education2 cr.
An overview of the American education system with emphasis on organization, governance, law, demographics, and professional practice.

SPED-Special Education

SPED 201. Topics 3 cr.
Offered under various subtitles that indicate the subject matter to be covered. May be repeated 3 times for a maximum of 9 credits.