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.

Students must have a 2.5 GPA to graduate from this program. However, a 2.75 GPA is required for acceptance into the Teacher Education Program at NMSU. A grade of C- or better is required in the following TEP prerequisites.

Total Credits Required for Degree: 68

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements and elective credits to total at least 68 credits. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.

Prefix Title Credits
General Education Requirements
Area I: Communications
English Composition - Level 1
ENGL 1110GComposition I 14
English Composition - Level 2
ENGL 2221GWriting in the Humanities and Social Science 13
Oral Communication
COMM 1115GIntroduction to Communication3
or COMM 1130G Public Speaking
Area II: Mathematics
MATH 2134GFundamentals of Elementary Math II 13
Areas III/IV: Laboratory Science and Social/Behavioral Sciences
CEPY 1120GHuman Growth and Behavior3
Select two different subjects with labs from the following (8 credits):8
Introduction Astro (lec+lab)4
The Planets
Human Biology
and Human Biology Laboratory
4
Contemporary Problems in Biology4
Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology
and Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology Laboratory
4
Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution
and Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution Laboratory
4
Introduction to Chemistry Lecture and Laboratory (non majors)4
General Chemistry I Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors
Environmental Science I4
Physical Geography4
Physical Geology
Survey of Physics with Lab4
Algebra-Based Physics I
and Algebra-Based Physics I Lab
4
Area V: Humanities
HIST 1130GWorld History I3
or HIST 1140G World History II
Area VI: Creative/Fine Arts
Choose one from the following:3
Orientation in Art3
Music Appreciation: Jazz3
Music Appreciation: Western Music3
Introduction to Theatre3
General Education Elective
HIST 1110GUnited States History I3
or HIST 1120G United States History II
Core Degree Requirements
ECED 1110Child Growth, Development, and Learning 13
ECED 1115Health, Safety, and Nutrition 12
ECED 1120Guiding Young Children 13
ECED 1125Assessment of Children and Evaluation of Programs 13
ECED 1130Family and Community Collaboration 13
ECED 2110Professionalism2
ECED 2115Introduction to Language, Literacy, and Reading 13
ECED 2120Curriculum Development through Play Birth through Age 4 (PreK) 1,23
ECED 2121Curriculum Development through Play Birth through Age 4 (PreK) Practicum 1,22
ECED 2130Curriculum Development and Implementation Age 3 (PreK) through Grade 3 23
ECED 2131Curriculum Development and Implementation Age 3 (PreK) through Grade 3 Practicum 22
EDLT 2110Integrating Technology with Teaching 13
MATH 1134Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I 1, 33
Total Credits68

A Suggested Plan of Study - Early Childhood

Additional classes may be needed based on placement test results and course prerequisites. Visit with an advisor for help with creating a customized plan.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
CEPY 1120G Human Growth and Behavior 3
COMM 1130G
Public Speaking
or Introduction to Communication
3
ECED 1110 Child Growth, Development, and Learning 3
ENGL 1110G Composition I 4
 Credits13
Spring
ECED 1115 Health, Safety, and Nutrition 2
ECED 1130 Family and Community Collaboration 3
EDLT 2110 Integrating Technology with Teaching 3
ECED 2115 Introduction to Language, Literacy, and Reading 3
ENGL 2221G Writing in the Humanities and Social Science 3
MATH 1134 Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I 3
 Credits17
Summer
HIST 1110G
United States History I
or United States History II
3
Choose one from the following: 3
Orientation in Art  
Music Appreciation: Jazz  
Music Appreciation: Western Music  
Introduction to Theatre  
 Credits6
Second Year
Fall
Area II: Laboratory Science Course 1 4
ECED 1125 Assessment of Children and Evaluation of Programs 3
ECED 2110 Professionalism 2
ECED 2120 Curriculum Development through Play Birth through Age 4 (PreK) 2 3
ECED 2121 Curriculum Development through Play Birth through Age 4 (PreK) Practicum 2 2
MATH 2134G Fundamentals of Elementary Math II 3
 Credits17
Spring
ECED 1120 Guiding Young Children 3
ECED 2130 Curriculum Development and Implementation Age 3 (PreK) through Grade 3 2 3
ECED 2131 Curriculum Development and Implementation Age 3 (PreK) through Grade 3 Practicum 2 2
HIST 1130G
World History I
or World History II
3
Area III: Laboratory Science Course 1 4
 Credits15
 Total Credits68