Early Childhood Education - Certificate

33 credits

The requirements for the Certificate in Early Childhood Education at NMSU Grants also meet the requirements of the one-year vocational certificate awarded by the State of New Mexico, Office of Child Development.

Requirements and Limitations

  • Students in the Early Childhood 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 childcare facilities upon graduation.
  • Students must complete ENGL 111G Rhetoric and Composition with a C or better.
  • Students must have a 2.0 GPA to apply for this certificate. 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.
  • 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.

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.

General Education Requirement
ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition4
Early Childhood 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 Credits33