45-Hour Course Offerings

Learn more about the 45-Hour Entry-Level Course required for early care and education employment.

Questions? Contact our Early Childhood Specialist.

Course Description

ECED 1135: 45 Hour Entry-Level Course

Assists entry-level early care, education and family support individuals to advance their understanding and practice in the seven competency areas as defined by the state of New Mexico. The course provides opportunities for students to construct knowledge about children, families, communities and support systems through discussion, reflection and skill practice. Does not require a high school diploma or GED. 3 credit hour(s).

Class Options: Please consult the Schedule of Classes for more information.

Spring 2022

Registration Information:

Online 45-Hour Course*

CRN 87777: February 21 - April 10

*Limited enrollment; registration is on a first come, first serve basis and you are not officially enrolled until you have registered into the class and paid your registration, tuition & technology fee.


  • $168 Tuition Fee
  • $45 Registration Fee (non-refundable)
  • $27 Technology/Facility Fees
  • Any Out-of-District or Out-of-State fees that may apply.
  • $36.50 Textbook Fee “Early Care, Education and Family Support” 2006 Edition.
    Textbook available for purchase at the CNM Bookstore

Payments may be made in person at all campuses or by using the drop boxes at the Main and Montoya campuses. Payments may also be made by phone, using Visa or MasterCard, by calling the Cashier's Office at (505) 224-3471 during regular office hours or online.