Early Childhood Education

The emphasis of the Early Childhood Education program is teaching young children from birth to the third grade. When our students complete the program, they can look forward to careers as teachers, parent educators and employees with other agencies serving children, youth and families.

This laboratory-based program provides extensive field experiences at the Child Development Center. These experiences empower and guide pre-service students toward mastery in the following competencies:

  • Child growth, development and learning
  • Health, safety and nutrition
  • Family and community collaboration
  • Developmentally appropriate content
  • Learning environment and curriculum implementation
  • Assessment of children and evaluation of programs
  • Professionalism

View the New Mexico Public Education Department's regulations for the above listed competencies.

All instructors have a wealth of public school and preschool experience that blends theory and practice in providing positive student learning experiences.

All advisors are full-time faculty in their area of expertise. They check student progress using multiple methods to assess student work.

Methods courses focus on the individual and developmental needs of children and integrate issues for diversity and students with disabilities.

The program incorporates use of technology in classroom instruction.

View the Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education degree plan.

Degrees Offered: Associate of Arts and Bachelor of Science
Available as a major or minor
New Mexico Licensure: K–8


Francine Stuckey