Certificate in Early Childhood Development

This certificate provides students with the course work necessary to apply for a New Mexico Child Development Certificate (CDC), a state-awarded certificate for early childhood teachers. The New Mexico CDC has been created to meet the entry-level professional requirements for teachers who are already working in a classroom setting with preschool children. The New Mexico CDC exceeds the requirements of the national CDA Credential. It is particularly designed to assist Head Start and Early Head Start programs meet the interim staff qualification requirements. All certificate course credits apply toward an associate degree in Early Childhood Education.

Class Requirements


ECED 111         Child Growth and Development (3)

ECED 112         Health, Safety, and Nutrition (2)

ECED 113         Family and Community Collaboration (3)

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

ECED 134L       Early Childhood Field Experience (2cr)

ECED 218         Guiding Young Children (3cr)

ECED 134L       is a field-based practicum class that requires 45 hours in an approved site. This certificate is eligible for Pell grants.

NOTE: ECED 111 should be taken first as it is the prerequisite for the other courses.

The prerequisite for ECED 111 is ENGL 109, English Review (this is a developmental English course) or demonstrated proficiency on the placement test administered through the Testing Center. Students can also submit qualifying ACT, SAT, AP or CLEP scores to satisfy the ENGL 109 prerequisite. Placement testing is the best way to determine accurate course placement.

NOTE: See First-Year Student Success Course Requirement on Page 8.