Early Childhood and Elementary Education Associate and Bachelor's Programs

Early Childhood Education classroom

Early Childhood Education (ECE)

This competency-based program is a part of the New Mexico Early Childhood Higher Education Articulation and will prepare students to teach children age 3 through grade 3.

Associate of Arts: The Associate of Arts (AA) program offers instruction and practical experience working with young children and their families.

Bachelor of Arts: Aligned with our AA, our Bachelor's degree program in Early Childhood Education leads to a New Mexico Early Childhood Teacher License, and offers extensive experience in both public and private schools, and a chance to develop a professional portfolio. Instruction is centered on knowledge, skills and dispositions critical to student success among culturally and linguistically diverse populations.

Graduates will be able to provide high-quality care and education to young children through experiential learning and developmentally appropriate practices.

Elementary Education

This program prepares teacher candidates to work in diverse educational settings in grades kindergarten through eight.

Associate of Arts: The AA in Elementary Education curriculum is aligned to the New Mexico State’s Transfer Module and Northern's General Education Common Core Offerings, and provides a seamless transition to Northern’s Bachelor's in Elementary Education.

Bachelor of Arts: Upon successful completion of the BA program and passing scores on the required State of New Mexico Teacher Assessments, teacher candidates will be eligible to apply for a teacher license through the New Mexico Public Education Department. This program meets the New Mexico Public Education Department’s (PED) Entry-Level Teacher Competencies and the Interstate New Mexico Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) Standards.

Teacher candidates choose from one of the following areas of specialization:

  • Bilingual Education — working effectively in the classroom with diverse bilingual students, and engaging collaboratively with colleagues, families and communities for student success.
  • TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) — teaching English to non-English speakers.
  • Language Arts, Social Science, Math, and Sciences — focusing on a variety of content areas for teachers of upper elementary students.

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