EARLY CHILDHOOD MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION/Family, Infant, and Toddler Concentration

EARLY CHILDHOOD MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION/Family, Infant, and Toddler Concentration

Associate of Arts Degree

The Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Multicultural Education - Family, Infant, and Toddler Studies is a competency-based program that is part of the New Mexico Early Childhood Higher Education Articulation for two and four year institutions. The program is designed to provide professional development opportunities for early childhood professionals as well as for individuals interested in pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or a related field. Educational emphasis is on child development, appreciating each family’s unique culture, heritage, language, beliefs, and circumstances. The program will emphasize the full participation of every child through New Mexico’s Early Learning System of Systems. Particular focus will be given to use of the New Mexico Early Learning Guidelines framework and New Mexico FOCUS: Essential Elements of Quality. The minimum credit hours include the thirty-six credit hour general education transfer core.

Degree Requirements - Minimum of 62 Credit Hours Print Requirements

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General Education Core (30 hours)
Area I.     Communications       (9 hours)
ENG111Freshman Composition I 3 credits
ENG115Freshman Composition II 3 credits
SPCH111Public Speaking 3 credits
Area II.     Mathematics       (4 hours)
MATH180College Algebra 4 credits
Area III.     Laboratory Science       (8 hours)
Area IV.     Social and Behavioral Sciences       (3 hours)
Area V.     Humanities and Fine Arts       (6 hours) -- From at least 2 different disciplines
Program Requirements       (29 hours)
ECME110Professionalism 2 credits
ECME135Practicum for Curriculum Development through Play - Birth through Age 4 (PreK) 2 credits
ECME240Guiding Young Children 3 credits
ECME245Caregiving for Infants and Toddlers 3 credits
ECME250Infant-Toddler Growth, Development & Learning 3 credits
ECME255Infant-Toddler Growth, Development & Learning Practicum 2 credits
ECME257Assessment of Children and Evaluation of Programs 3 credits
ECME260Family and Community Collaboration 3 credits
ECME265Family Infant Toddler Professionals, Families & Communities 3 credits
ECME267Family Infant Toddler Professionals, Families & Communities Practicum 2 credits
EDUC102Health, Safety, and Nutrition 2 credits
EDUC201Child Growth, Development, and Learning 3 credits

Program Resources

Program Director: Brenda Ortega
Phone: (505)454-2504
Email: bortega@luna.edu
Department Advisor: Tycie Jackson
Phone: (505)454-5381 ext. 1553
Email: tjackson@luna.edu

Student Success Center Personnel

Director: Renee Maestas
Phone: (505)454-5355
Email: rmaestas@luna.edu
Advisor: Janice Medrano
Phone: (505)454-2546
Email: jmedrano@luna.edu

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