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MA in Early Childhood Education (ECE)

About The Online Early Childhood Education Degree


The mission of the CU Denver online MA in Early Childhood Education is to prepare early childhood professional leaders with the knowledge and skills to meet the needs of young children and their families within a rapidly changing and diverse society.

This online MA in Early Childhood Education program consistently scores high in student satisfaction due to high personal involvement and interaction (max of 25-30 students per course). 

ECE License

The Early Childhood Education program at CU Denver also offers a license in Early Childhood Special Education Specialist birth to age 8. This license (or endorsement with previously held initial license) is offered fully online as well as on campus. This license/endorsement supports services for young children diagnosed with disabilities and their families in home, center and school based programs. For more information on the licensure/endorsement options, please contact

What's Unique About the MA in ECE?

CU Denver's School of Education and Human Development is the largest graduate school of education in Colorado, and has extensive partnerships in urban schools.

This online MA in ECE program is accredited by:

  • Colorado Department of Education
  • Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)


Upon Graduation

The goal of the online MA in ECE program is to provide you with substantive support and personal interaction to work with young children. This Master’s of Arts degree in ECE will prepare you to excel in the following fields:

  • Classroom and educational settings
  • Child care programs
  • Early intervention programs (including Head Start and Early Head Start)
  • Family support and home-based programs


Online Delivery

This Early Childhood Education degree is taught by the same accomplished professors who teach on campus. And the online flexibility lets current students enjoy more time with family and friends (95% of students work full time).

Mix and Match

Since there's no distinction between online and on campus courses, you can you can choose whichever delivery method that works best for you and your schedule. And once you graduate, your degree is from the University of Colorado, regardless if you took online or on campus courses.

 To get started in a career in the online ECE program, simply request more information.


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