Early Childhood - Associate Degree

Note: Any education course more than seven years old taken at NMSU or at another institution will not be counted toward the student’s undergraduate program. A student may ask for a review of this time limit by the appropriate department. The department head and/or faculty may recommend accepting a course that is seven years old with approval from the Dean’s office. Any course not approved must be repeated by the student.

A grade of C- or better is required in all Early Childhood Education courses and any courses filling NM Common Core/General Education Requirements.

Total Credits Required for Degree: 69

Area I: Communications
ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition4
ENGL 211GWriting in the Humanities and Social Sciences3
COMM 265GPrinciples of Human Communication3
or COMM 253G Public Speaking
Area II: Mathematics
MATH 111Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I 13
MATH 112GFundamentals of Elementary Math II3
Area III: Laboratory Science
Select two courses from different disciplines from the following:8
Introduction to Astronomy4
The Planets
Human Biology
and Human Biology Laboratory
Contemporary Problems in Biology4
Natural History of Life
and Natural History of Life Laboratory
Cellular and Organismal Biology
and Cellular and Organismal Biology Laboratory
General Chemistry I4
Introductory Environmental Science4
Geography of the Natural Environment4
Introductory Geology
General Physics I
and General Physics I Laboratory
The Great Ideas of Physics
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Science
Select one from the following:3
Introduction to Anthropology3
Introduction to Economics3
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
World Regional Geography3
Culture and Environment
American National Government3
Introduction to Political Science
Introductory Sociology3
Area V: Humanities and Fine Art
HIST 101GRoots of Modern Europe3
or HIST 102G Modern Europe
HIST 201GIntroduction to Early American History3
or HIST 202G Introduction to Recent American History
ART 101GOrientation in Art3
or MUS 101G An Introduction to Music
or MUS 201G History of Jazz in Popular Music: A Blending of Cultures
or THTR 101G The World of Theatre
Early Childhood Core Requirements
C EP 110GHuman Growth and Behavior3
ECED 115Child Growth, Development, and Learning3
ECED 125Health, Safety, and Nutrition2
ECED 135Family and Community Collaboration3
ECED 215Curriculum Development Through Play 23
ECED 220Early Childhood Education Practicum I 22
ECED 225Curriculum Development and Implementation II 23
ECED 230Early Childhood Education Practicum II 22
ECED 235Introduction to Language, Literacy and Reading3
ECED 245Professionalism2
ECED 255Assessment of Children and Evaluation of Programs3
ECED 265Guiding Young Children3
Additional Requirement
COLL 101College/Life Success (Alamogordo Only)1
Total Credits69

Note: Prerequisite for MATH 111 Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I is MATH 120 Intermediate Algebra and ENGL 111G Rhetoric and Composition.


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Early Childhood MAP

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
C EP 110G Human Growth and Behavior 3
COLL 101 College/Life Success 1
Public Speaking
or Principles of Human Communication
ECED 115 Child Growth, Development, and Learning 3
ENGL 111G Rhetoric and Composition 4
ECED 125 Health, Safety, and Nutrition 2
ECED 135 Family and Community Collaboration 3
ECED 235 Introduction to Language, Literacy and Reading 3
ENGL 211G Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences 3
Roots of Modern Europe
or Modern Europe
Social Behavioral Science Requirement 1 3
Introduction to Early American History
or Introduction to Recent American History
ART 101G
Orientation in Art
or The World of Theatre
or An Introduction to Music
or History of Jazz in Popular Music: A Blending of Cultures
Second Year
ECED 215 Curriculum Development Through Play 3
ECED 220 Early Childhood Education Practicum I 2
ECED 245 Professionalism 2
ECED 255 Assessment of Children and Evaluation of Programs 3
MATH 111 Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I 3
Laboratory Science Requirement 1 4
ECED 225 Curriculum Development and Implementation II 3
ECED 230 Early Childhood Education Practicum II 2
ECED 265 Guiding Young Children 3
MATH 112G Fundamentals of Elementary Math II 3
Laboratory Science Requirement 1 4
 Total Credits69

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