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Early Childhood Development

Early Childhood Development


The Early Childhood Development Program provides an innovative and practical approach to early childhood development for children birth through eight years of age. The program is designed to enhance parental and professional growth. The program curriculum is based upon the seven general early childhood education competency areas of the New Mexico Public Education Department in early childhood education (birth to third grade). The majority of the practical experience will occur at the Nick Salazar Early Childhood Education Center Preschool or at an appropriate setting as approved by the faculty advisor. /p>

Coursework in the Early Childhood Development Certificate can be applied toward the Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Multicultural Education. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with their LCC advisor for proper advisement and course selection.

Institutional Proficiency Requirements

In addition to the courses listed below for this program of study, students must also complete institutional proficiencies of ENG098 and MATH075.

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Certificate Requirements - Minimum of 32 Credit Hours Print Requirements

Program Requirements       (29 hours)
ECME110Professionalism 2 credits
ECME123Introduction to Reading and Literacy Development 3 credits
ECME130Curriculum Development through Play - Birth through Age 4 (PreK) 3 credits
ECME135Practicum for Curriculum Development through Play - Birth through Age 4 2 credits
ECME230Curriculum Development and Implementation - Age 3 (PreK) through Grade 3 3 credits
ECME235 Practicum for Curriculum Development and Implementation - Age 3 (PreK) through Grade 3 2 credits
ECME240Guiding Young Children 3 credits
ECME257Assessment of Children and Evaluation of Programs 3 credits
ECME260Family and Community Collaboration 3 credits
EDUC102Health, Safety, and Nutrition 2 credits
EDUC201Child Growth, Development, and Learning 3 credits

Program Resources

Program Director: Debbie Trujillo
Phone: (505)454-2504
Email: dtrujillo@luna.edu

ACCESS Center Personnel

Director: Renee Maestas
Phone: (505)454-5355
Email: rmaestas@luna.edu
Advisor: Janice Medrano
Phone: (505)454-2546
Email: jmedrano@luna.edu

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