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School of Education and Human Development University of Colorado Denver

School of Education and Human Development

Early Childhood Education Track - BA in Teaching, Learning and Development

Are you interested in shaping a better world for children and families by teaching children eight years old and younger? If so, apply for CU Denver’s new bachelor’s degree in Teaching, Learning and Human Development, a four-year, 126-credit-hour interdisciplinary program with a licensure track in Early Childhood Education.

The Teaching, Learning and Development degree has a strong focus on engaging Colorado’s rapidly diversifying student and family population. It combines cutting-edge research with real classroom experiences. You’ll learn from innovative faculty members who are locally and nationally recognized for their research in early childhood education. They will provide you with a robust knowledge base and relevant learning experiences in children’s thinking, culturally responsive education and supporting English language learners and technology as it relates to teaching young children. At the same time, you’ll benefit from strong school and community partnerships that are unmatched in the state. You’ll engage in powerful classroom experiences in early childhood settings and benefit from the rich 20-year history of partnerships that are a part of our Urban Community Teacher Education program’s network.

Students in this program have the opportunity to engage in internationally known program work and study tours to Reggio Emilia, Italy, to experience and learn about the Reggio Emilia approach to early education, one of the most acclaimed approaches to early childhood education in the world.

The program is offered in a hybrid format with both in-class and online courses. It supports the needs of talented students from all backgrounds, including nontraditional and underrepresented students. We are accepting applications from incoming freshmen, current students at CU Denver, students transferring from community colleges or four-year institutions, individuals who are working as paraprofessionals, assistant teachers or developmental intervention assistants in early childhood centers or elementary schools and people who are interested in working in community-based organizations serving diverse families.

Employers understand that CU Denver graduates bring extreme value to their teams. Human resource directors, principals and superintendents tell us that CU Denver candidates enter their first year of teaching with the knowledge, skills and confidence of second- and third-year teachers.

Applications are now being accepted for spring 2014. Email for more information. We encourage students to take advantage of the scholarships and grants that are available in this major.

It is possible to complete the Early Childhood Education licensure track within the BA in Teaching, Learning and Human Development in 126 credit hours and four years.

  • Meet your BA in Teaching, Learning and Human Development advisor and start your course plan as soon as possible.
  • Complete 34 credit hours of general education core courses.
  • Complete 36 credit hours for the Teaching, Learning and Development major.
  • Complete 12 hours of electives.
  • Complete 44 credit hours in Early Childhood Education coursework.
  • Maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA.
  • Students who complete the articulation agreement coursework at participating community colleges can bring in 60 hours of approved coursework.
  • Apply for admittance into the early childhood education licensure track.
  • Work with your advisor to make sure that you are on track to apply for graduation and apply for Colorado licensure. In order to become licensed in Colorado as an early childhood teacher, students must take and pass the PLACE content examination in Early Childhood Education.
  • Finish your remaining teacher education courses and internships by the deadlines.
  • Satisfactorily complete your final semester coursework.
  • Complete licensing requirements before you graduate.

Link to BA in Teaching, Learning and Development academic planning sheet(s).

Immerse yourself with real work in our professional development schools. Be a part of a school community where together with students you will ask questions, observe, analyze, explain and draw meaningful conclusions.

The career paths for students who graduate from the program and who specialize in the Early Childhood Education track include:

  • Director of an early childhood center with a professional early childhood education license (ages 0-8)
  • Early childhood teacher with a professional early childhood education license (ages 0-8) working with children from infancy through pre-kindergarten
  • Early childhood teacher (kindergarten-third grade) with a professional early childhood education license (ages 0-8)

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