ECECD Scholarship Information

Your path to credentials and degrees

The ECECD (Early Childhood Education and Care Department) Comprehensive Early Childhood Scholarship Program makes it possible for early childhood educators, administrators, and program directors to afford the time and expense of taking coursework that leads to credentials and degrees. 

The ECECD Scholarship is based on a cost-share model to New Mexico early childhood educators working in:
  • licensed or registered childcare programs
  • state-funded Pre-K or Early Pre-K programs
  • state-funded New Mexico Home Visiting or Family Infant Toddler (FIT) programs
 
To qualify for a scholarship, all applicants must:
  1. Enroll in a qualifying New Mexico higher education institution.
  2. Work a minimum of 20 hours per week at a qualifying Early Childhood Program.
  3. Remain eligible throughout the duration of the scholarship.
  4. Take 6 credit hours per year.
 
Approved Certificate and Degree Programs:

(If you do not see your degree program listed below, please contact us to verify you would qualify)

  • Child Development Certificate (state awarded)
  • Child Development Certificate of Achievement
  • Early Childhood Program Administration Certificate of Completion
  •  Infant Family Studies Certificate of Achievement
  •  Early Childhood Multicultural Education Birth: Age 4
  • Early Childhood Multicultural Education Age 3: Grade 3
  • Early Childhood Multicultural Education Early Childhood Program Administration Concentration
  • Early Childhood Multicultural Education Infant Family Studies Concentration
  • Social Work (Home Visiting Program only)
  • Counseling (Home Visiting Program only)

Read on to learn more about the responsibilities associated with each scholarship model or click on the link to the left to access your specific credential or degree program.  Our dedicated coaches are here to help you and answer any questions.

Certificate/Associates Degree

For scholars pursuing a Certificate or an Associate’s degree in an approved course of study:

Scholarship Responsibility:

  • 100% of tuition
  • 100% of books

Program Sponsor Responsibility:

  • Depending on the program’s ability and the scholars’ need, the program will work with the scholar to find a predetermined weekly release time to benefit both parties.

Scholar Responsibility:

  • Travel expenses
  • Education: Scholar must complete a minimum of six credit hours per contract year.
  • Scholar must maintain a C grade or higher in all classes.
  • The scholar commits to continue work in an Early Childhood program for the duration of the scholarship, plus one additional year.

Bachelor's Degree

For scholars pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in an approved course of study:

Scholarship Responsibility:

  • 100% of tuition
  • 50% of books

Program Sponsor Responsibility:

  • Depending on the program’s ability and the scholars’ need, the program will work with the scholar to find a predetermined weekly release time to benefit both parties.

Scholar Responsibility:

  • Travel/mileage
  • Education: Scholar must complete a minimum of six credit hours per contract year.
  • Scholar must maintain a C grade or higher in all classes.
  • The scholar commits to continue work in an Early Childhood program for the duration of the scholarship, plus one additional year.

Masters and Doctorate Degree

For scholars pursuing graduate degrees in an approved course of study:

  • ECECD pays 80% of the tuition cost each semester if funds are available.
  • Scholar assumes book expenses and all other expenses
  • The teacher commits to work for the sponsoring program during the year of the scholarship contract, plus one additional year