Early Childhood Education Program

WELCOME!  We look forward to working with you and other early childhood professionals, like yourself, to expand the early childhood community’s capacity to support families, engage children in meaningful learning and form collaborative partnerships between early childhood educators, service agencies and families. The faculty are committed to supporting the diversity that exists within the children, families and college students we serve, and view that diversity as a strength on which educational experiences are built. 

Early Childhood Education (ECED) at NMSU is dedicated to preparing teachers and educating persons for higher education in research, scholarship, practice and policy. The field of Early Childhood Education is concerned with the well-being, development, and learning of children from birth through age eight. Our program focuses on early children education through a theoretical orientation which places early childhood education within broader social, historical, political, and cultural contexts. Coursework provides a context for students to critically examine early care and education. Themes of bilingual and multicultural education and care, critical thinking, and reflective teaching are infused throughout the Early Childhood coursework.

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers both Undergraduate and Graduate Degree Programs in Early Childhood Education. The programs follow the personnel recommendations established by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education Programs (NCATE), the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the New Mexico Public Education Department (PED).