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Early Childhood Education - School of Business and Education

I BestStudent observers in the I-Best Early Childhood Education certificate program take notes on teacher interaction, age-appropriate activities and classroom setup and safety at SFCC's Kids Campus. See more photos on Facebook.

Associate in Arts (AA)
Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

About the Program

Make an impact on the future. Enroll in the Early Childhood Education Program. The program is designed for students planning to work with children from birth to grade three and the families of those children. An associate's degree partially fulfills the New Mexico Public Education Department's competencies for teacher licensure up to third grade and the coursework is designed to transfer to a bachelor's program at a university.

You’ll study child development, the foundations of early childhood education, curriculum development through play, assessment and practicum, and programs evaluation —essential for becoming an early childhood teacher or specialist, a day care director, a pre-school and nursery center director or other positions that help children grow and learn. You will acquire real-life experience at the college’s Kids Campus early childhood development center located on the SFCC campus. 

The number of jobs available in early childhood education is expected to increase during the next 10 years as teachers retire and the population grows. Some schools are offering bonuses, higher pay and other incentives to new teachers.

Early Childhood Education?

Career Opportunities:

  • Preschool teacher
  • Public school teaching aide
  • Owner or director of a licensed childcare center
  • Public school teacher educational specialist



For more information, please contact Dawn Wink, Interim Director, 505-428-1347,

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