Certificate and Degree Programs

The Early Childhood Education Program provides students access to knowledge, skills and professionalism surrounding the field of child development, family, and community development to assure the provision of quality services that address the complex needs of Native American families in the 21st century.


Pictured is project director for SIPI's Early Childhood Initiatives Dr. Danielle Lansing with ECE Student Brandon Barney. Mr. Barney Graduated with an Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education in 2015.

Early Childhood Education Certificate

The Early Childhood Education Program offers courses for a certificate in Early Childhood Education. The certificate is designed for students interested in working in the field of early childhood education. Early Childhood Education courses are delivered through both on-campus instruction and interactive video conferencing (distance education) to tribal communities in New Mexico with compatible satellite downlinks. Classes are offered in the late afternoons, evenings, and weekends to accommodate adult learners. The Early Childhood Education Certificate prepares students for entry into early childhood settings to provide services to children from birth to age eight, and their families. Completion of required courses also entitles students to receive a New Mexico Child Development Certificate issued by the Office of Child Development, Children, Youth and Families Department of the State of New Mexico.

Mission Statement

The Early Childhood Education Certificate program prepares Native American students to meet entry level professional requirements for individuals who wish to work in a classroom setting with infants, toddlers and preschoolers. The certificate program immerses students into an intertribal community of learners in order to expose them to a beginning dialogue in early childhood education.

Goals

  • Program graduates will be admitted to an Early Childhood Education Associates of Arts degree program.
  • Graduates will be employed as an entry level early childhood teacher or assistant.
  • Graduates will possess the transferable foundation courses for the New Mexico Child Development Certificate.
  • Graduates will be employed in tribal communities as early childhood teachers.

Certificate in Early Childhood Education Certificate Outcomes:

  • Graduates will identify theories of growth and development, and learning and apply them to educational practices within early childhood settings.
  • Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of developmentally appropriate practices.
  • Graduates will describe how developmental variations and family, culture, language, and environment influence a child’s growth and development.

Important: Federal law requires a background check on all persons seeking employment in child care facilities.

Early Childhood Certificate - Program of Study (in PDF format)


Early Childhood Education - Associates of Arts Degree

The Early Childhood Education Program offers courses for an Associate of Arts (A.A) degree in Early Childhood Education. This program is designed for students interested in working in this field or those who may transfert to a four year institution to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field. Classes transfer to all New Mexico four year colleges and universities with similar programs. The courses address the seven general early childhood education competency areas required by New Mexico Department of Education licensure in Early Childhood Education (birth to third grade).

Early Childhood courses are delivered through both on-campus instruction and interactive video conferencing (distance education) to tribal nations in New Mexico with compatible satellite downlinks. Classes are offered in the late afternoons, evenings, and weekends to accommodate adult learners.

The Early Childhood Education Associate of Arts Degree (ECED) prepares students to work in early childhood settings and to provide services to children from birth to age eight, and their families. The A.A. degree in ECED satisfies the educational requirements for Head Start teachers and educational assistants in elementary school settings. Completion of the ECED courses also entitles students to receive a One Year Vocational certificate in Early Childhood Education issued by the Office of Child Development, Children, Youth and Families Department of the State of New Mexico.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Early Childhood Education Associates of Arts degree program is to prepare Native American students to transfer to an early childhood Bachelor’s degree program or seek employment in public and private early childhood settings. The Associates of Arts degree program immerses students into an intertribal community of learners through meaningful engagement and dialogue surrounding early childhood education.

Goals

  • Program Graduates will be admitted to early childhood Bachelors or Graduate degree programs.
  • Program graduates will be employed as early childhood education teachers in public and private early childhood settings.
  • Graduates will be eligible to receive the Early Childhood Associates Certificate from the New Mexico Office of Child Development.
  • Graduates will transform tribal communities through meaningful support of children and families.

Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education Outcomes:

  • Graduates will discuss the relationships between theories of growth, development, and learning in early childhood education practices spanning birth through third grade.
  • Graduates will plan and implement lessons/activities that demonstrate knowledge of developmentally appropriate practices.
  • Graduates will explain how developmental variations, family culture, language, and environment influence a child’s growth and development.

Early Childhood Education, Associate of Arts Degree - Program of Study (in PDF format)