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Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education Program provides students access to knowledge, skills, and professionalism surrounding the field of early childhood education, and family and community development in order 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. 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.

Early Childhood Certificate

 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 transfer 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.

Early Childhood Education Associate of Arts Degree

Early Childhood Education Practicum Information

SIPI offers the following practicum courses as part of both the Early Childhood Certificate and Associate Degree programs of study:
  • 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 60 practicum hours within an early childhood setting that can include placement in local schools, Head Starts, Pre K programs and private early care centers. SIPI students work with their SIPI advisor to secure placements and supervision at each site.

All ECE students preparing to enroll in ECED 131/131P, and ECED 231/231P practicum courses must complete the SIPI Early Childhood Practicum application by the specified deadlines. In order to enroll in the class, completed applications must be received by Dr. Lansing or Ms. Towery. There are only 8 practicum positions at the SIPI Early Childhood Learning Center. Priority of placement will be determined by the date complete applications are received. Only students with a favorable background clearance will be assigned a classroom. If SIPI Early Childhood Learning Center classrooms are full, students will need to pursue outside placement and outside clearance. If a student wishes to complete their practicum outside of the SIPI Early Childhood Learning Center, he/she must comply with the respective center/school background check requirements on their own and at their own cost. Students who wish to complete their practicum at their place of employment cannot complete their practicum in their own classroom. They must also provide proof of background clearance.

 

SIPI Early Childhood Education Practicum application

Early Childhood Education Contact Info:

Dr. Danielle Lansing, ECE Faculty
Danielle.lansing@bie.edu
Business Education Building Room 114

or

Ms. Lisa Towery, ECE Faculty
Lisa.towery@bie.edu
Business Education Building- ECE Resource Room
505-346-2334

 

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. SIPI Early Childhood courses are all transferable to New Mexico’s colleges and universities.

Distance Education

All Early Childhood Education courses (courses with the ECED prefix) are available via Zoom technology. Students can enroll in and attend classes from approved Zoom sites. Courses within the Early Childhood Education Program of Study are also periodically offered via Zoom include Academic Course Requirements (Math 111, English 101, History 101 etc.).

Contact Michael Samudio for more information at 505-346-2322.