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AA*, AS* = An associate degree that allows you to transfer in as a junior to Colorado four-year public schools.

Early Childhood Education Degrees

Offered at: Boulder, Larimer, Westminster

A.A. in Early Childhood Education

60 credits
(2 years)

This degree prepares students to transfer to one of several four-year institutions in Colorado as part of the statewide Early Childhood Teacher Education Articulation Agreement. This degree is for students whose career goals are to teach up to third grade in the elementary classroom or in an early childhood education program.

Early Childhood Education degree for transfer: See required courses.

See early childhood course descriptions.

Offered at all campuses and online.

A.A.S. in Early Childhood Education

60 credits
(2 years)

An A.A.S. degree in early childhood education is non-transferable and prepares students for careers working with young children from birth through age eight. This program meets all Colorado Department of Human Services licensing requirements.

Early Childhood Education A.A.S. degree: See required courses.

See early childhood course descriptions.

Early Childhood Education Certificates

Director

30 credits
(1 year)

This certificate program prepares students to meet state requirements for Director certification. Curriculum development, child growth and development, and administrative skills are among focus areas. Verifiable hours of direct child-care experience is additional to the coursework.

Offered at all campuses and online.

Director certificate: See required courses.

See gainful employment information.



Early Childhood Teacher

18 credits
(2 semesters)

This certificate program provides students with the knowledge, techniques, and strategies to become qualified to be an early childhood teacher in Colorado. Verifiable work experience is in addition to the coursework.

Early Childhood Teacher certificate: See required courses.

See gainful employment information.



Infant-Toddler Nursery Supervisor

11 credits
(1 semester)

This certificate program provides students with a solid foundation in the growth and development of infants and toddlers, plus advanced exposure in developing and implementing appropriate nurturing and developmental experiences. Working closely with parents is incorporated, as well as the issues of early intervention, high risk, and developmental delays. This certificate meets the State of Colorado requirements for Infant-Toddler Nursery Supervisor.

Offered at all campuses and online.

Nursery Supervisor certificate: See required courses.


Foundations of Paraeducators

16 credits
(1 semester)

This certificate program provides students with an overview of child development, including techniques, strategies, legal requirements, and accommodations and adaptations necessary to create an inclusive classroom environment.

Paraeducator certificate: See required courses.

See gainful employment information.



Early Childhood Education for Paraeducators

20 credits
(2 semesters)

This certificate program gives students a wide range of knowledge and skills including a solid foundation in the normal patterns of growth and development, various disabilities, giftedness, developmentally appropriate teaching techniques, and learning styles of children with developmental delays. This is an open-entry/open-exit program for those currently employed or those seeking employment to work with developmentally delayed infants, toddlers, and preschool- and school-age children in inclusive settings.

Offered at all campuses and online.

Early Childhood Paraeduator certificate: See required courses.

See gainful employment information.

Early Childhood Education Jobs & Salaries


Entry Average Experienced
Preschool, Child Care Center Director $32,761 $47,873 $55,429
Child Care Worker $17,507 $23,775 $26,910
Teacher Assistant $20,623 $27,198 $30,485
Preschool Teacher* $21,663 $31,152 $35,897
Kindergarten Teacher* $30,596 $45,233 $52,552
Elementary School Teacher* $35,536 $49,714 $56,802
* Except special education
Colorado Dept. of Labor & Employment
Occupational Employment Statistics Survey (2013)

Transfer Options

Your A.A. degree in early childhood education will transfer to the following four-year schools:

  • Adams State University (Interdisciplinary Studies)
  • Colorado Mesa University (Early Childhood Education)
  • Colorado State University (Human Development)
  • Fort Lewis College (Interdisciplinary Studies)
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver (Human Development)
  • University of Colorado Denver (Education & Human Development)
  • University of Northern Colorado (Interdisciplinary Studies)
See more about transferring.

Hands-on Experience with Children

Early Childhood Education students gain excellent field experience by observing and working in the classroom (as part of ECE 102, Introduction to Early Childhood Lab Techniques, and the ECE 180 and ECE 280 Practicums).

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