Child Development Certificate

Private accredited early education/ child care centers require individuals to hold a Child Development Associate credential to be a teacher.  Until recently, the only option for gaining this credential was through the Council for Professional Recognition. Read more on this option. New Mexico now has an approved state alternative to the CDA and CNM's Child Development Certificate is designed to meet the course requirements of this certificate.

The New Mexico Child Development Certificate was created to meet the entry-level professional requirements for teachers who are already working in a classroom setting with preschool children. It is particularly designed to assist Head Start and Early Head Start programs meet the interim staff qualification requirements of the Head Start Reauthorization. Students pursuing the New Mexico Child Development Certificate must be currently working in a child-care setting.

The advantage of pursuing the New Mexico Child Development Certificate rather than the National Child Development Associate (CDA) is that all of the coursework can be applied towards the Associate of Arts in Early Childhood and the certificate does not expire.  The application is also significantly less expensive.

In order to qualify for the New Mexico Child Development Certificate, an applicant must request a Certificate Packet from the UNM Early Childhood Services Center (505) 250-6725, which includes verification of successful completion of the certificate coursework, professional resource file, family opinion questionnaire, observation and oral interview. A completed packet must be submitted to the New Mexico Office of Child Development.

View a complete list of course requirements for CNM's Child Development Certificate.