Early Childhood Education - Associate Degree

(68 credits)

Students completing all of the Early Childhood coursework within the associate degree are eligible to apply for the One Year Vocational Certificate issued by the New Mexico Office of Child Development. For more information, contact the Office of Child Development at (505) 827-7946.

NOTE: All courses listed, except EDUC 150 Math for Paraprofessionals and EDUC 151 Math for Paraprofessionals II, may be applied toward a degree at NMSU.

Core Requirements
Area I: Communications
ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition 1,24
ENGL 211GWriting in the Humanities and Social Sciences 1,23
COMM 265GPrinciples of Human Communication 23
or COMM 253G Public Speaking
Area II: Mathematics
Select one from the following:6
Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I
and Fundamentals of Elementary Math II 2,3
Math for Paraprofessionals
and Math for Paraprofessionals II 4
Area III: Laboratory Sciences
Select two from different groups: 58
Group A:
The Planets 24
Introduction to Astronomy
Group B:
Human Biology
and Human Biology Laboratory 2
Contemporary Problems in Biology 24
Natural History of Life
and Natural History of Life Laboratory 2
Cellular and Organismal Biology
and Cellular and Organismal Biology Laboratory 2
Group C:
Principles and Applications of Chemistry 24
General Chemistry I
Group D:
Introductory Geology 24
Geography of the Natural Environment
Group E:
The Great Ideas of Physics 24
General Physics I
and General Physics I Laboratory 2
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences
C EP 110GHuman Growth and Behavior 23
Select one from the following:3
Introduction to Anthropology 23
Introduction to Economics 23
Principles of Macroeconomics 23
Principles of Microeconomics 23
World Regional Geography 23
Culture and Environment 23
American National Government 23
Introduction to Political Science 23
Introductory Sociology 23
Area V: Humanities and Fine Arts
HIST 111GGlobal History to 1500 23
or HIST 112G Global History Since 1500
HIST 201GIntroduction to Early American History 23
or HIST 202G Introduction to Recent American History
Select one from the following:3
Orientation in Art 23
An Introduction to Music 23
History of Jazz in Popular Music: A Blending of Cultures 23
The World of Theatre 23
Technical Requirements
ECED 115Child Growth, Development, and Learning 13
ECED 125Health, Safety, and Nutrition 12
ECED 135Family and Community Collaboration 13
ECED 215Curriculum Development Through Play 13
ECED 220Early Childhood Education Practicum I 12
ECED 225Curriculum Development and Implementation II3
ECED 230Early Childhood Education Practicum II2
ECED 235Introduction to Language, Literacy and Reading 13
ECED 245Professionalism2
ECED 255Assessment of Children and Evaluation of Programs 13
ECED 265Guiding Young Children 13
Total Credits68

Courses are required to apply for the Teacher Education Program (TEP).


Courses are part of the New Mexico Common Core.


Recommended for students transferring to the bachelor of early childhood education program. Inquire about prerequisite(s) before enrolling in MATH 111 Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I/MATH 112G Fundamentals of Elementary Math II.


EDUC 150 Math for Paraprofessionals and EDUC 151 Math for Paraprofessionals II are not transferrable to other institutions.


It is recommended that students use the science requirements for their planned bachelor’s degrees for guidance in making selections from these groups. The requirements differ for physical education and some secondary education majors.