If you are considering a degree in Early Childhood Education, you should enjoy children and have a strong desire to help them learn and succeed. In a school or early childhood setting, graduates of this program use effective instructional strategies to help students with lessons and assignments, motivate and encourage students to participate in learning activities, and facilitate and encourage positive student behaviors.
Our Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education addresses the early childhood education competency areas required as partial fulfillment of the New Mexico Department of Education licensure in Early Education (birth to third grade).
The online Early Childhood Certificate of Achievement is designed to provide coursework to prepare students to apply for the state awarded New Mexico Child Development Certificate under the auspices of the New Mexico Child Development Board.
The Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education degree consists of 71 credits and can be completed in five semesters.
The Certificate of Achievement in Early Childhood Education consists of 11 credits and can be completed in two semesters.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of early childhood educators is geographically distributed much the same as the population. Employment is expected to grow by 19 percent from 2008—2018, which is faster than the average for all occupations. Continued emphasis on early childhood education is increasing the demand as some states are instituting programs to improve early childhood education, such as offering full day and universal preschool. These programs, along with projected higher enrollment growth for preschool age children, will create many new jobs.