Early Childhood Education - Associate Degree

68 credits

The Early Childhood Education associate degree program is designed to prepare students to become highly qualified teachers, assistant teachers, or family day care providers in professional child-care for children ages birth through eight years. Students will gain a broad understanding of the specific needs of young children and develop strategies for meeting those needs. Students may choose to continue their education at any four-year institution in New Mexico. The NMSU Grants program includes the lower division courses required for entry into the Teacher Education Program (TEP), a baccalaureate program at New Mexico State University. Completion of this program does NOT guarantee admission into a Teacher Education Program at a four-year institution. Early in their second year of study at NMSU Grants, students should contact the four-year institution they have chosen to obtain application information.

Requirements and Limitations

  1. Students in the Early Childhood Education Program are required to complete and pass a security background check in order to take practicum courses and field experiences. Past criminal violations may prevent a student from completing the degree and from being hired by school systems or other child care facilities upon graduation.
  2. Students must complete all technical requirement courses as well as the following courses with a grade of C or better:
    Prefix Title Credits
    C EP 110GHuman Growth and Behavior3
    ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition4
    ENGL 211GWriting in the Humanities and Social Sciences3
    MATH 120Intermediate Algebra3
    MATH 111Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I3
    MATH 112GFundamentals of Elementary Math II3
  3. Students must have a 2.0 GPA to graduate from this program. However, because a 2.5 GPA is required for acceptance into the Teacher Education Program at NMSU, it is highly recommended that Grants students complete the Early Childhood Education program with a 2.5 cumulative GPA.
  4. Any education course more than seven years old taken at NMSU, NMSU community colleges or other institutions will not be counted toward the student’s baccalaureate program. It is highly recommended that students request a review of their cumulative coursework by the appropriate department at NMSU. The student must repeat any course not approved.
  5. Completion of all requirements does not guarantee acceptance in the NMSU Teacher Education Program. Please see the NMSU College of Education Advising Center for more information.

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
Area I: Communications10
English Composition - Level 1
Rhetoric and Composition4
English Composition - Level 2
Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences3
Oral Communication
Public Speaking3
Principles of Human Communication
Area II: Mathematics3
Fundamentals of Elementary Math II 13
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences11
Human Growth and Behavior3
Select two from two departments from the following (8 credits):
The Planets4
Introduction to Astronomy
Human Biology
and Human Biology Laboratory
Contemporary Problems in Biology
Natural History of Life
and Natural History of Life Laboratory
Cellular and Organismal Biology
Principles and Applications of Chemistry4
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry I4
General Chemistry II
Introductory Environmental Science4
Introductory Geology4
Geography of the Natural Environment
The Great Ideas of Physics4
General Physics I
and General Physics I Laboratory
General Physics II
Area V: Humanities3
Global History to 15003
Global History Since 1500
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts
Choose one from the following:3
Orientation in Art3
An Introduction to Music3
History of Jazz in Popular Music: A Blending of Cultures
The World of Theatre3
General Education Elective
HIST 201GIntroduction to Early American History3
or HIST 202G Introduction to Recent American History
Core Requirements
MATH 111Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I3
Select one from the following:3
Introduction to Anthropology3
Introduction to Economics3
Principles of Macroeconomics3
Principles of Microeconomics3
World Regional Geography3
American National Government3
Introductory Sociology3
Major Requirements
ECED 115Child Growth, Development, and Learning3
ECED 125Health, Safety, and Nutrition2
ECED 135Family and Community Collaboration3
ECED 215Curriculum Development Through Play3
ECED 220Early Childhood Education Practicum I2
ECED 225Curriculum Development and Implementation II3
ECED 230Early Childhood Education Practicum II2
ECED 235Introduction to Language, Literacy and Reading3
ECED 245Professionalism2
ECED 255Assessment of Children and Evaluation of Programs3
ECED 265Guiding Young Children3
Total Credits68
Additional courses may be needed based on placement test results and/or course prerequisites.  Visit with your Program Manager or advisor for help in creating a customized plan.

A Suggested Plan of Study for Students

This roadmap assumes student  placement in MATH 111 Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I   and ENGL 111G Rhetoric and Composition The contents and order of this roadmap may vary depending on initial student placement in mathematics and english. It is only a suggested plan of study for students and is not intended as a contract. Course availability may vary from fall to spring semester and may be subject to modification or change.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
ENGL 111G Rhetoric and Composition 4
MATH 111 Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I 3
C EP 110G Human Growth and Behavior 3
Choose one from the following: 3
Orientation in Art  
An Introduction to Music  
The World of Theatre  
ENGL 211G Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences 3
MATH 112G Fundamentals of Elementary Math II 1 3
Global History to 1500
or Global History Since 1500
ECED 125 Health, Safety, and Nutrition 2
ECED 115 Child Growth, Development, and Learning 3
ECED 235 Introduction to Language, Literacy and Reading 3
ECED 265 Guiding Young Children 3
Second Year
Public Speaking
or Principles of Human Communication
Area III: Laboratory Science Course 2 4
Introduction to Early American History
or Introduction to Recent American History
ECED 215 Curriculum Development Through Play 3
ECED 220 Early Childhood Education Practicum I 2
An additional Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences Course 3 3
Area III: Laboratory Science Course 2 4
ECED 225 Curriculum Development and Implementation II 3
ECED 230 Early Childhood Education Practicum II 2
ECED 255 Assessment of Children and Evaluation of Programs 3
ECED 135 Family and Community Collaboration 3
ECED 245 Professionalism 2
 Total Credits68