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Early Childhood Education Degrees

Offered at: Boulder, Larimer, Westminster

FRCC's Early Childhood Education programs provide a strong student-focused, research- and competency-based education that ultimately has a positive impact on children, families and communities.

Our education degree options prepare students for a variety of roles within education. Students can earn an Early Childhood Education associate degree or take Early Childhood Education courses. 

We value:

  • Building culturally responsive and inclusive relationships with children and families in order to serve and support the community
  • Teaching and learning by continually assessing the curriculum and program for responsiveness and accountability
  • Enhancing the development of learning within the community
  • Engaging and reflecting practice in the expansion of ongoing professional development
  • Our leadership role in developing a community of learners that embodies teaching and learning at all levels
  • Advocating for the professionalization of our field
  • The transformative power of inclusivity, diversity and equity in both our programs and the children and families our students will serve

Degrees

A.A. in Early Childhood Education

60 credits
(4 semesters)

NAEYC-Early-Childhood Higher Education ProgramThis A.A. degree prepares students to transfer to one of several four-year institutions in Colorado to earn a Bachelor's degree and CDE License (see list of schools below). With this degree you will be qualified to teach preschool up to third grade (ages 0-8).

Early Childhood Education degree: See required courses and descriptions.

Offered at all campuses and online.

A.A.S. in Early Childhood Education

60-62 credits
(4 semesters)

This A.A.S. degree provides training for a career involving the care and education of young children from birth through age eight. Courses in theory and internship are combined to provide a comprehensive base of growth and development. Early intervention, high-risk, gifted and developmentally delayed issues are included. As part of this degree, you will earn two certificates: Foundations in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Director. The program meets or exceeds all Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) Office of Early Childhood licensing requirements.

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

Transfer Options

Your Early Childhood Education degree will transfer to the following four-year schools. If you wish to transfer to a school not on this list, be sure to contact that institution about transfer credits accepted.

  • Adams State University (B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies with Elem. Ed. Licensure)
  • Colorado State University (B.S. Early Childhood Education)
  • Fort Lewis College (B.A. Early Childhood Education)
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver (B.A. Early Childhood Education)
  • University of Colorado Denver (B.A. Education and Human Development – Early Childhood)
  • University of Northern Colorado (B.A. Early Childhood Teacher Education)
Learn more about transferring:

Certificates

Early Childhood Director

30 credits
(2 semesters)

This certificate program prepares students to meet state education requirements for CDHS Director certification. Curriculum development, child growth and development, and administrative skills are among focus areas. CDHS also requires experience hours.

Director certificate: See required courses and descriptions.

See gainful employment information.

Offered at all campuses and online.

Foundations of Early Childhood Education

18 credits
(1 semester)

ECEThis certificate program provides students with the knowledge, techniques and strategies to become qualified to be an early childhood teacher in Colorado. It meets or exceeds the education requirements for CDHS “Early Childhood Teacher (ECT).” CDHS also requires experience hours.

Early Childhood Teacher certificate: See required courses and descriptions.

See gainful employment information.

Offered at all campuses and online.

Early Childhood Education for Paraeducators

20 credits
(2 semesters)

This certificate program prepares you to work as a preschool paraeducator, or “para” to support teachers in inclusive classrooms. Students receive 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.

Early Childhood Paraeduator certificate: See required courses and descriptions.

See gainful employment information.

Offered at all campuses and online.

 

Assistant Early Childhood Teacher

6 credits 
(1 semester)

This certificate program gives you 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.

Assistant Early Childhood Teacher certificate: See required courses and descriptions.

Offered at all campuses and online.

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