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New Mexico State University


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The NMSU-A Education Department offers associate degrees in both education and early childhood education. The Associate Degree in Education is designed to prepare the student for work as a teacher’s aide, substitute teacher, or other paraprofessional in elementary or secondary schools. The curriculum is also designed for maximum application of credits to the Teacher Education Program (TEP) at NMSU for those students planning to complete the Bachelor’s Degree in Education and include the lower division courses required for entry into the TEP.

The Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education is designed to prepare highly qualified to become teachers, assistant teachers, or family day care providers in professional child care for children ages birth through age eight years. Students may choose to continue their education at any four year institution in New Mexico. Students in the Early Childhood Education program will gain a broad understanding of the specific needs of young children and develop strategies for meeting those needs. The Early Childhood Associate Degree will also fill the criteria for the most highly qualified professional in an early childhood position under No Child Left Behind.