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Early Childhood Development - CERT

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.

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 Luna 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.

Degree Requirements

The follow degree requirements are for the 2023-2024 Catalog. For other catalogs, please see Catalogs

Minimum of 32 Credit Hours

Concentration Requirements (29 credit hours)
ECED1110 Child Growth, Development, andLearning 3
ECED1115 Health, Safety, and Nutrition 2
ECED1120 Guiding Young Children 3
ECED1125 Assessment of Children andEvaluation of Programs 3
ECED1130 Family and CommunityCollaboration 3
ECED2110 Professionalism 2
ECED2115 Introduction to Language,Literacy, and Reading 3
ECED2120 Curriculum Development throughPlay Birth through Age 4(PreK) 3
ECED2121 Curriculum Development throughPlay-Birth through age 4 (PreK)Practicum 2
ECED2130 Curriculum Development andImplementation: Age 3 (PreK)through Grade 3 3
ECED2131 Curriculum Development &Implementation Practicum Age 3(Pre-K)through Grade 3 2

Approved Electives (3 credit hours)
BCIS1110 Intro to Information Systems 3
COMM1130 Public Speaking 3