Contact:
Dr. Danielle Lansing
ECED Instructor/Coordinator
Wakanyeja “Sacred Little Ones” Project Director
(505) 346-2388
Business Technologies, RM 112

Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education Program provides students access to knowledge, skills and professionalism surrounding the field of child development, family, and community development to assure the provision of quality services that address the complex needs of Native American families in the 21st century.

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION Certificate

The Early Childhood Education Program offers courses for a certificate in Early Childhood Education. The certificate is designed for students interested in working in the field of early childhood education. Early Childhood Education courses are delivered through both on-campus instruction and interactive video conferencing (distance education) to tribal communities in New Mexico with compatible satellite downlinks. Classes are offered in the late afternoons, evenings, and weekends to accommodate adult learners. The Early Childhood Education Certificate prepares students for entry into early childhood settings to provide services to children from birth to age eight, and their families. Completion of required courses also entitles students to receive a New Mexico Child Development Certificate issued by the Office of Child Development, Children, Youth and Families Department of the State of New Mexico.

Mission Statement

The Early Childhood Education Certificate program prepares Native American students to meet entry level professional requirements for individuals who wish to work in a classroom setting with infants, toddlers and preschoolers. The certificate program immerses students into an intertribal community of learners in order to expose them to a beginning dialogue in early childhood education.

Goals

  • Program graduates will be admitted to an Early Childhood Education Associates of Arts degree program.

  • Graduates will be employed as an entry level early childhood teacher or assistant.

  • Graduates will possess the transferable foundation courses for the New Mexico Child Development Certificate.

  • Graduates will be employed in tribal communities as early childhood teachers.
Certificate in Early Childhood Education Certificate Outcomes:
  • Graduates will identify theories of growth and development, and learning and apply them to educational practices within early childhood settings.

  • Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of developmentally appropriate practices.

  • Graduates will describe how developmental variations and family, culture, language, and environment influence a child’s growth and development.

  • Important: Federal law requires a background check on all persons seeking employment in child care facilities.

Early Childhood Certificate - Program of Study   (in PDF format)

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION - ASSOCIATE OF ARTS DEGREE

The Early Childhood Education Program offers courses for an Associate of Arts (A.A) degree in Early Childhood Education. This program is designed for students interested in working in this field or those who may transfert to a four year institution to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field. Classes transfer to all New Mexico four year colleges and universities with similar programs. The courses address the seven general early childhood education competency areas required by New Mexico Department of Education licensure in Early Childhood Education (birth to third grade).

Early Childhood courses are delivered through both on-campus instruction and interactive video conferencing (distance education) to tribal nations in New Mexico with compatible satellite downlinks. Classes are offered in the late afternoons, evenings, and weekends to accommodate adult learners.

The Early Childhood Education Associate of Arts Degree (ECED) prepares students to work in early childhood settings and to provide services to children from birth to age eight, and their families. The A.A. degree in ECED satisfies the educational requirements for Head Start teachers and educational assistants in elementary school settings. Completion of the ECED courses also entitles students to receive a One Year Vocational certificate in Early Childhood Education issued by the Office of Child Development, Children, Youth and Families Department of the State of New Mexico.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Early Childhood Education Associates of Arts degree program is to prepare Native American students to transfer to an early childhood Bachelor’s degree program or seek employment in public and private early childhood settings. The Associates of Arts degree program immerses students into an intertribal community of learners through meaningful engagement and dialogue surrounding early childhood education.

Goals

  • Program Graduates will be admitted to early childhood Bachelors or Graduate degree programs.
  • Program graduates will be employed as early childhood education teachers in public and private early childhood settings.
  • Graduates will be eligible to receive the Early Childhood Associates Certificate from the New Mexico Office of Child Development.
  • Graduates will transform tribal communities through meaningful support of children and families.
Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education Outcomes:
  • Graduates will discuss the relationships between theories of growth, development, and learning in early childhood education practices spanning birth through third grade.
  • Graduates will plan and implement lessons/activities that demonstrate knowledge of developmentally appropriate practices.
  • Graduates will explain how developmental variations, family culture, language, and environment influence a child’s growth and development.
Early Childhood Education, Associate of Arts Degree - Program of Study   (in PDF format)

Early Childhood Education Practicum
SIPI offers the following practicum courses:

ECED 131 - Curriculum Development Through Play- Birth through Age 4 (PreK), 3 credit hours
ECED 131P- Practicum for Curriculum Development Through Play- Birth through Age 4 (PreK), 2 credit hours
ECED 231 - Curriculum Development & Implementation- Age 3 (PreK) through Grade 3, 3 credit hours
ECED 231P- Curriculum Development & Implementation Practicum- Age 3 (PreK) through Grade 3, 2 credit hours

Each practicum course includes a minimum of 50 practicum hours within an early care setting that can include placement in local schools, Head Starts, Pre K programs and private early care centers. SIPI students work with the practicum instructor to secure placements and supervision at each site.

The Youth Development Incorporated (YDI) Head Start is located on SIPI’s campus and is available for practicums. This provides a unique practicum experience for students. Students must complete a Federal background check before beginning their practicum hours at the YDI site.

New Mexico Early Childhood Higher Education Task Force

SIPI maintains membership with the New Mexico’s Early Childhood Higher Education Task Force to assure articulation of Early Childhood courses with New Mexico colleges and universities.

Teacher Resource Center

The Teacher Resource Center houses early childhood materials to assist students in their courses. This includes resource books and supplies. A computer is made available for student use as well as study spaces. The Teacher Resource Center is located in the Business Education building in room 114.

Coming Soon!
New lesson planning materials will be available for check out!

Tutor/Mentor Services

The Peppercorn Foundation generously provides funding for a Tutor/Mentor who assists students in successfully completing Early Childhood Education courses. The Peppercorn Tutor/Mentor is available for 20 hours per week. The Tutor/Mentor is available for student consultation in the Teacher Resource Center.

Distance Education

All Early Childhood Education courses (courses with the ECED prefix) are available via video teleconferencing. Students can enroll in and attend classes from the following sites. Enrollment is dependent upon courses offered during the trimester:

Alamo Navajo
Santo Domingo Pueblo
San Felipe Pueblo

Wakanyeja “Sacred Little Ones” Early Childhood Initiative

SIPI has been awarded a five year grant by the American Indian College Fund’s “Wakanyeja ‘Sacred Little Ones’ –Tribal College Readiness and Success by Third Grade Initiative.” The Wakanyeja project is generously funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Beginning June 2011, SIPI has partnered with YDI Head Start and Santa Clara Pueblo Head Start to improve programming and support innovation. The following goals guide grant activities:

Goal 1- Collaborate with early childhood center teachers at SIPI/YDI and Santa Clara Head Starts to ensure that relevant culture and language is incorporated into their early childhood curriculum.

Goal 2- Ensure that SIPI’s ECE Associates degree program prepares pre-degreed teachers to integrate Native language and culture into their practice.

Goal 3- Increase cognitive and non-cognitive development in Head Start students.

Goal 4 – Engage Parents, families, and community members in creating Culturally Responsive Programs for Head Start and SIPI students.

Goal 5- Improve and further develop SIPI’s ECE degree program to meet the needs of the communities it serves

Goal 6- Develop articulation with K-3 educators to ensure successful transitions for children and familie

Related Links:

Early Childhood - Certificate Program of Study (in PDF format)
Early Childhood - AA Program of Study (in PDF format)
Course Catalog
Child Care and Family Services Center