Programs of Study
The Department of Teacher Education offers several courses of study in Early Childhood Education (Birth through Grade 3). These allow students to pursue various paths toward their professional and educational goals.
- ECED 1140 : The 45-hour, entry-level course introduces students to the seven competency areas of skills and knowledge developed by the State of New Mexico for entry-level positions in the early childhood field.
- Associate in Applied Science - 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 age 3 through Grade 3 licensure.
- Associate in Arts - Early Childhood Education: This program transfers as the first two years of a Bachelor in Arts in Early Childhood Education degree at public four-year colleges and universities in New Mexico. The completion of this degree partially fulfills the New Mexico Public Education Department’s competencies for age 3 through Grade 3 licensure. Graduates may qualify as a teacher in an early childhood center. Students must work closely with their transfer institutions and their SFCC advisers to ensure the best transition to four-year schools.
- Certificate in Early Childhood Teacher Certification: This is a teacher certification program for qualified individuals wishing to obtain New Mexico early childhood teacher licensure. Admission requirements and information can be found under Teacher Certification Programs in this catalog, at www.sfcc.edu/early_childhood_education or through the Education Department at 505-428-1256.