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Early Childhood Multicultural Education

Early Childhood Multicultural Education
Associate of Arts

Program Description

The degree will provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to work with children, birth through age 8, and their families in a variety of settings including child care centers, heard start programs, family care settings, preschools and in public schools as early childhood teaching assistants. This degree, plus experience, meets the qualification requirement for director of a child care center as specified in the New Mexico child care facilities licensing regulations.

Career and educational advancement opportunities

The degree addresses the seven general early childhood education competency areas required as partial fulfillment of the New Mexico Department of Education licensure in early childhood education (birth to third grade). In addition, all course work can be applied toward a bachelor's degree offered by UNM-Main Campus. The Bachelor of Arts in ECME leads to licensure by the State for public school teachers working with children from birth through the age 8 who are developing both typically and atypically. Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all preadmission work.


Information about the associate of arts in early childhood multicultural degree program is available from Advisement Center at 505.925.8560 or, or the Academic Affairs Office, at 505.925.8600.

Course prerequisites

Students must meet prerequisites in English and mathematics by achievement of minimum placement scores on the Accuplacer of ACT or through completion of course work.

Course: ENGL 100 and UNIV 101 or equivalent – or place into ENGL 110;

Credit Hours: 4 and 3; ACCUPLACER/ACT Minimum Scores: 166+/19

Course: MATH 100 and MATH 193 – or place into MATH 120;

Credit Hours: 4 and 2: ACCUPLACER/ACT Min. Scores: 41-65 (Elementary Algebra)/19

Degree Requirements

Writing and Speaking (9-10 credits)
ENGL 110 (Accelerated Composition) or 112 (Composition II) or 113 (Enhanced Composition)3 or 3 or 4
ENGL 120 (Composition III)3
Select an additional course from CJ 220, ENGL 290 or LING 101. Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in ECME must take CJ 220 and select either ENGL 290 or LING 101.
Mathematics (3 credits)
MATH 1113
A math alternative such as MATH 121, 123, 150, 162, or 180 may be substituted. Students pursuing a B.S. in ECME must also take MATH 112 and one option from MATH 215, 129 or STAT 145.
Physical and Natural Sciences (8 credits)
Students pursuing a BS in ECME at UNM should take all three NTSC courses (261L, 262L, 263L). Any two science courses in the UNM Core Curriculum in Physical and Natural Sciences that include a lab will meet the requirements for the AA degree and are transferable for the BS.
Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 credits)
Select from ANTH 101 or 130, ECON 105 or 106, LING 101, POLS 110 or 220, PSY 105, and SOC 101.Students pursuing a BS in ECME at UNM must take an additional course selected from the courses above.
Humanities (6 credits)
HIST 101 (Western Civilization I) or 102 (Western Civilization II)3
HIST 161 (History of the US to 1877) or 162 (History of the US since 1877)3
Students who intend to continue their studies must also take HIST 260 and an additional HIST course selected from the UNM Core Curriculum in Humanities.
Foreign Language (3 credits)
Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Foreign Language or Sign Language.
Core Requirements (29 credits)
ECME 101 (Child Growth, Development and Learning)3
ECME 103 (Health, Safety and Nutrition) 2
ECME 111 (Family and Community Collaboration I)3
ECME 115 (Guiding Young Children)3
ECME 117 + 117L (Curriculum Development through Play – Birth through Age 4 (Pre-K) + Practicum)5
ECME 202 (Introduction to Reading and Literacy Development)3
ECME 217 + 217L (Curriculum Development – Age 3 (Pre-K) through Grade 3 + Practicum)5
ECME 220 (Assessment of Children and Evaluation of Programs I)3
ECME 230 (Professionalism)2
Total required (61 credits) Students transferring to UNM-Main or other 4-year institutions should be aware that core curriculum requirements are not necessarily met upon completion.