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Certification Options
Levels of Certification (Certificates issued by the CYFD/Office of Child Development (OCD)

The career lattice for New Mexico’s Early Care, Education and Family Support professionals include these certification levels:
  • 45-Hour Entry Level Course Certificate
    The 45-Hour Entry Level Course is a basic course created to introduce participants to New Mexico’s seven (7) core competency areas at the awareness level.  All child care providers working in licensed child care centers and family child care homes are required to complete this course, or its equivalent, with the first six months of employment.  The course is offered regionally through the Early Childhood Training and Technical Assistance Programs (TTAPs).
  • NM Child Development Certificate
    The New Mexico Child Development Certificate is a state-awarded certificate for early childhood teacher.  The certificate has been created to meet the professional development requirements for teachers who are already working in a classroom setting with infants and toddlers or preschool children.  Contact the Office of Child Development at 505-827-7946 for more information. 
  • Vocational Certificates
    Early care and education professionals are eligible for vocational certificate in the areas of Early Childhood Educator, Early Childhood Program Administration, or Family Infant Toddler Specialist.  The certificate indicates completion of the early childhood “vocational” courses (approximately 29 credit hours) within the associate degree program’s transfer module.  The Office of Child Development awards the certificate when the complete course of study is completed.  Interested early childhood educators, directors, home visitors and early interventionists should contact the Office of Child Development at 505-827-7946 for more information.
  • Associate’s Certificates
    Early care and education professionals are eligible for the Early Childhood Associate’s Certificate in the areas of Early Childhood educator, Early Childhood Program Administration, or Family Infant Toddler Specialist.  The certificate indicates the completion of both the early childhood “vocational” content (approximately 29 credit hours) and general education content (approximately 35 credit hours) within the associate degree program.  The degree is awarded by the institution of higher education and the certificate is awarded by the Office of Child Development
  • Bachelor’s Degree Certificates
    Early care and education professionals are eligible for the Early Childhood Bachelor’s Certificate in the areas of Early Childhood Educator, Early Childhood Program Administration, or Family Infant Toddler Specialist.  The certificate indicates completion of an approved Bachelor’s degree program offered by accredited institutions of higher education in New Mexico.  The degree is issued by the institution and the certificate is awarded by the Office of Child Development.