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“The Education Program at DACC has laid the foundation for me as a future educator. The faculty have been very helpful, and have prepared me for success.”

—Chancie Miller

A Broad Field That Offers a Multitude of Options

Would a career in education be the right choice for you? Aside from being knowledgeable in their subject, teachers and others working in the field of education must have the ability to communicate, inspire trust and confidence, and motivate students, as well as understand the students’ educational and emotional needs. Teachers must be able to recognize and respond to individual and cultural differences in students and employ different teaching methods that will result in higher student achievement.

Programs Available at DACC

Dona Ana Community College currently offers two programs that serve as portals to the field at large, while at the same time preparing students to obtain practical employment after as little as two years of study in Education and Early Childhood Education.

EDUCATION. The Associate Degree in Education prepares students to transfer into the Teacher Education Program at New Mexico State University, or a similar four-year baccalaureate program at another institution.

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION. The Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education Program prepares students to become highly qualified teachers, assistant teachers, or family day care providers in professional child care for children from birth through age 8.

How to Get Started

It is recommended that prospective students arrange an initial degree-planning session with a program adviser in DACC ’s Education Department.

NOTE: Both programs require that student take and pass a security background check in order to take the field experience and practicum courses. Past criminal violations may prevent a student from completing a degree in the education program.

For further information on the Education programs, call (575) 528-7338.

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Education Program at NMSU, Dona Ana is to serve a diverse population of students who will enter the workforce or  transfer to an institution of higher with the necessary skills to succeed in their endeavors by exhibiting professionalism, ethical behaviors, real world problem solving strategies, critical skills and knowledge in content areas, adaptability, and flexibility.

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