Program Manager: Kathleen O’Connor, Assistant Professor of Education
Phone: (505) 287-6693
Degrees and Certificates
- Early Childhood Education (Associate’s Degree)
- Education (Associate’s Degree)
- Early Childhood Education (Certificate)
Gainful Employment Disclosure: Early Childhood Education
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. 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. 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 can be found in the course catalog.
- Grow Your Own Teachers Scholarship
- Teacher Preparation Affordability Scholarship
- Opportunity Scholarship
Education Scholarships Application Form
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.
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 email@example.com).
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:
- Grants-Cibola School District (preferred)
- Local Sherriff Department
- Local Police Department
- CYFD Children, Youth and Families Department (pdf download)
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.
New Mexico Public Education Department to learn about state licensure requirements, Common Core Standards, and updates within the NM Department of Education.