Do you have a passion for education at the early stages of development (birth to eight)? Are you interested in working in a public school, child care program, private preschool or kindergartens, an early intervention program or a family support program? The early childhood education degree path is designed to prepare you with knowledge, skills and substantive support to meet the needs of young children and their families within our rapidly changing and diverse society.
This program offers three concentrations:
Administration and Leadership
This concentration prepares students who are interested in supervising others who work directly with young children and/or individuals who have professional goals to learn more about leadership issues and policy/advocacy in early childhood education.
Diversity and Inclusion
This concentration prepares students who have professional goals related to increasing their knowledge and competence to understand and work with individuals, young children and families from diverse backgrounds (e.g. cultural, linguistic, religious, family constellation, ability and socioeconomic) in inclusive early childhood settings.
Teaching and Learning
This concentration prepares students who are interested in teaching young children from diverse backgrounds or who have professional goals to improve their knowledge and skills about curriculum and instruction across developmental domains in inclusive early childhood settings.
Your classes are available in two formats (on-campus and online).
The online option is a viable option for prospective students living outside the Denver Metro Area who wish to purse higher education in ECE and the Colorado ECSE Specialist license but have limited access to in-person advanced work in ECE. It is also an excellent option for those living within the Denver Metro Area who need the online format due to work or family obligations or those who prefer the flexible schedule and individual time management offered in the online format. All classes are fully online; however, online students are required to come to Denver for a three to five day summer seminar each June to meet students and faculty face-to-face and attend student advising sessions.
Your coursework will include fascinating topics such as child growth and development, approaches to young children's learning, curriculum and program development, family-centered practice, culturally-responsive teaching in multicultural and multilingual settings, measurement and evaluation and research as it applies to early childhood education.
The program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
You will study with tremendous faculty who will connect you to the latest knowledge and practices emerging in early childhood education.
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