The New Mexico Professional Development system supports the Office of Child Development’s (OCD) legislative mandate to articulate and implement training and licensure requirements for individuals in all recognized setting with children from birth to age eight. The career lattice is designed for all those working in home-based and center-based child care programs, Head Start/Early Head Start, home visiting program, public school programs for children in preschool through third grade, as well as early intervention program for children with or at risk for developmental delays and their families.
The career lattice comprises six levels:
- 45-Hour Entry Level Course
- New Mexico Child Development Certificate (Infant/Toddler and Preschool)
- Associate degree in Early Childhood Educator, Early Childhood Program Administration and Family, Infant Toddler Studies
- Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Educator, Early Childhood Program Administration and Family, Infant Toddler Studies
- Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education
- Doctoral degree (offered at New Mexico State University)
Each level of training and education articulates with more advanced levels. OCD issues certificates for individuals completing the requirements for the 45-Hour Entry level Course, the New Mexico Child Development Certificate, one-year vocational certificate, Associate degree certificate, Bachelor’s degree certificate. Teacher licenses are issued by the New Mexico Public Education Department in Early Childhood Education.