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 Early Childhood Education 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.

Gainful Employment Information

Contact and Advising Information

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