The Early Childhood Multicultural Education program provides a transferable associate degree which meets the requirements for articulation with the state of New Mexico and across the Navajo Nation and is a New Mexico state approved program under the NM Department of Education. Upon completion of the core credit hours in the degree program, students may be issued a state certificate from the Children, Youth and Families Department. The state certificate will indicate completion of the required Early Childhood Multicultural Education vocational courses.
Students graduating from this program will be able to work in the early childhood educational field and/or pursue various bachelor degrees in the field of Early Childhood education. The program is consistent with the new core curriculum requirements for New Mexico, and incorporates cultural and linguistic standards required by the Navajo Nation. Courses in this program reflect Navajo family home values, beliefs, and experiences. The curriculum prepares students to demonstrate their skills and work effectively with children from birth to age 8 in a variety of settings.
An additional fee for the state-issued certificate required.
Students enrolled in this program must also:
- Submit a Teacher Education Program application to the Department of Public Education as required for Elementary Teaching (K-3)
- Maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA while in the program
Early Childhood Multicultural Education Requirements (72 Credits)
|General Education Requirements||Credits||Prerequisites|
|SSC 100||College Success||1|
|ENGL 1110||Composition I||3||ENGL 098|
|ENGL 1120||Composiiton II||3||ENGL 1110|
|BCIS 1115||Introduction to Computers||3|
|MATH 1110||Math for Teachers I||3|
|MATH 1115||Math for Teachers II||3||MATH 1110|
|Diné Studies: NAVA 1110, NAVA 2210, OR NAVA 2230||3|
|Natural or Physical Science Course: BIOL 1110C, GEOL 1110C, ENVS 1110C, PHYS 1115C or CHEM 1120C
|Social/Behavior Science: PSYC 1110, PSYC 21120, ECON 1110, CJUS 1110, SOCI 1110 or POS 220 (AZ Requirement)
|Humanities/Fine Arts: HIST 1110, HIST 1120, COMM 1130, or NAVA 2220* (AZ:"H")
|Fine Arts: ENGL 2310 or NAVA 1310||3|
|Early Childhood Multicultural Education Core Requirements|
|ECED 1001||Introduction to Early Childhood||3|
|ECED 1110||Child Growth, Development, and Learning||3|
|ECED 1115||Health, Safety, and Nutrition||3|
|ECED 1120||Guiding Young Children||3|
|ECED 1125||Assessment of Children & Evaluation of Program||3|
|ECED 1130||Family and Community Collaboration||3|
|ECED 2115||Introduction to Literacy and Reading Development||3|
|ECED 2120||Curriculum Development and Implementation I||3||Co-requisite ECED 2121|
|ECED 2121||Curriculum Development through Play Birth under 4 (Prel)||2||Co-requisite ECED 2120|
|ECED 2130||Curriculum Development and Implementation||3||Co-requisite ECED 2131|
|ECED 2131||Curriculum Development and Implementation Age 3 (PreK) through Grade 3 Practicum||2||Co-requisite ECED 2130|
|Total Required Credit Hours||72|
NOTE: The Early Childhood Multicultural Education program has specific general education courses that students are encouraged to take so students should check with their advisor in order to choose the preferred courses from the general education electives.
**Some General Education and ECME courses have prerequisites and Corequisite. Please check the course description for the appropriate prerequisite course(s) and Corequisite course(s).
Della Begay, Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education
M.A., Education, Bilingual Education, Arizona State University
B.A., Bilingual and Bicultural Education, Fort Lewis College