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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 LCC advisor for proper advisement and course selection.


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 2015-2018 Catalog. For other catalogs, please see Catalogs

Minimum of 32 Credit Hours

Program Requirements (29 credit hours)
ECME110 Professionalism 2
ECME123 Introduction to Language, Literacy and Reading 3
ECME130 Curriculum Development through Play Birth through Age 4(Pre-K) 3
ECME135 Practicum for Curriculum Develop through Play-Birth through age 4 (Pre-K) 2
ECME230 Curriculum Development and Implementation: Age 3-Grade 3 3
ECME235 Curriculum Development & Implementation Practicum Age 3 (Pre-K)-Grade 3 2
ECME240 Guiding Young Children 3
ECME257 Asmnt of Child & Evaltn of Prgms 3
ECME260 Family & Community Collaboration 3
EDUC102 Health, Safety and Nutrition 2
EDUC201 Child Grwth, Dvlpmnt & Learning 3

Approved Electives (3 credit hours)
CSA150 Computer Fundamentals 3
SPCH111 Public Speaking 3