New Mexico’s higher education opportunities to learn about child development span from certified training to Associates through Ph.D. degree programs. The NM Early Care and Education Professional Development System is designed for all individuals wanting to work as a teacher, child care provider, home visitor, program administrator, early interventionist, mentor or program development specialist with children with children 0-8 years of age, their families and community programs. ECECD’s Division of Policy, Research, and Quality Initiatives issues certificates for individuals completing all requirements. Contact Anita Quintana, ECECD Policy, Research, and Quality Initiatives, 505-901-8236 for more information.
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The 45-Hour Entry level Course 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 Core Competency Content Areas. All childcare providers working in licensed childcare centers and family childcare homes are required to complete this course, or its equivalent, with the first six months of employment.
Early care and education professionals are eligible for the Early Childhood Associate’s Degree in the areas of Early Childhood educator, Early Childhood Program Administration, or Family Infant Toddler Specialist. This degree indicates a general education content (approximately 35 credit hours) within the associate degree program. The institution of higher education awards this degree.
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Bachelors, Masters and Ph. D Degrees
Early care and education professionals are eligible for the Early Childhood Bachelor’s Degree in the areas of Early Childhood Educator, Early Childhood Program Administration, or Family Studies. The certificate indicates completion of an approved Bachelor’s degree program offered by accredited institutions of higher education in New Mexico. The institution issues the degree.
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Teacher licenses are issued by the New Mexico Public Education Department in Early Childhood Education.
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.
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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 ECECD Division of Policy, Research, and Quality Initiatives awards the certificate when the complete course of study is completed. Contact Anita Quintana, ECECD Policy, Research, and Quality Initiatives, at 505-901-8236 for more information.