Associate in Applied Science in Early Childhood Education

This program offers the theory and skills required for working in various settings that serve young children birth through grade three. Graduates may qualify as a teacher in an early childhood center classroom. The A.A.S. partially fulfills the New Mexico Public Education Department’s competency requirements for a birth through grade three licensure.

Note: A.A.S. degrees are designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in specific occupations; they are not generally intended to transfer to four-year institutions.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Describe the processes of and influences on development in young children.
  • Identify the adult’s role in supporting each child’s growth, development and learning.
  • Create and promote supportive environments that engage parents, guardians, families and the community to meet the needs of each child.
  • Select and use diverse assessment tools to monitor child development.
  • Select and use diverse assessment tools to monitor the quality of early childhood programs.
  • Design, implement and evaluate curricula and instruction that promote optimal development and learning for all children.
  • Make appropriate and ethical decisions to positively influence children’s development.
  • Analyze safe environments and appropriate nutrition that promote positive physical and mental health for young children

Class Requirements


Communications (9 hrs.)

ENGL 111         Composition and Rhetoric (3)

ENGL 112         Composition and Literature (3)


ENGL 119         Professional Communication (3)


ENGL 216         Technical Writing (3)

Any SPCH course (3)

Mathematics (3 hrs. min.)

Choose from the following:

BSAD 112         Business Math (3)

MATH 111       Math for Elementary School

Teachers I (3)

MATH 112       Math for Elementary School                                Teachers II (3)

MATH 119       Applications of Mathematics for Nonscience Majors (3)

MATH 121       College Algebra (4) or higher

Laboratory Science (4 hrs. min.)

Social/Behavioral Sciences (6 hrs.)

Humanities and Fine Arts (3 hrs.)

The combined total of Social and Behavioral Sciences
and Humanities and Fine Arts areas should equal
9 credit hours.

Health and Wellness (1 hr.)



ECED 111         Child, Growth, Development, and

Learning (3)

ECED 112         Health, Safety, and Nutrition (2)

ECED 113         Family and Community Collaboration (3)

ECED 114         Assessment of Children and Evaluation of  Programs (3)

ECED 211         Introduction to Reading and Literacy Development (3)

ECED 215         Professionalism (2)

ECED 216A      Curriculum Development and

Implementation I (3)

ECED 216B      Curriculum Development and Implementation Practicum I (2)



ECED 217A      Curriculum Development and Implementation Age 3-Grade 3 (3)

ECED 217B      Curriculum Development and Implementation Practicum Age 3-

Grade 3  (2)

ECED 218         Guiding Young Children (3)

ECME 111        Foundations of Early Childhood (3)



Choose from the following:

EDUC 228        Technology in the Classroom (3)

MART 119       Digital Skills (3)

OFTC 111         Business Software Essentials I (4)

Six credit hours of the A.A.A. and A.A.S. must come from an approved list of courses that satisfy the following requirements. These are not meant to be additional hours in the degree but are, instead, existing courses that satisfy the requirement and appear anywhere in the degree.

  • Cultural Perspectives (3 credit hours)
  • Sustainable Living (3 credit hours)