Early Childhood Education

Associate of Arts

76* credit hours

Young boy writing at tableTwo young girls and a boy use a laptop computerA teacher helps her students in the classroom





This degree program is designed to prepare the student to work with young children in a variety of day care settings and/or to prepare the student to work toward a Bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education.

Upon program completion, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of promoting children’s health and safety through awareness, effective practices, and health education.
  • Use and explain the rationale for developmentally appropriate methods that include play, small group projects, open-ended questioning, group discussion, problem solving, cooperative learning and inquiry experiences to help young children develop intellectual curiosity, solve problems and make decisions.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skill in the use of developmentally appropriate guidance techniques and strategies that provide opportunities to assist children in developing positive thoughts and feelings about themselves and others through cooperative interaction with peers and adults. Students will development, implement, and evaluate an integrated curriculum that focus on children’s development and interest, using their language, home experiences, and cultural values.
  • Adapt content to meet the needs of each child, including the development of individualized Family Service Plans (IFSP) and/or Individualized Education Plans (IEP) for children with special needs through the team process with families and other team members.

NOTE: GPA 2.75 is required.
*Additional hours may be required for program requirements for transfer students who are NMGEC complete.

To learn more about the program requirements, click on the links below:

Early Childhood Education AA
Early Childhood Education AA Pathway