Early Childhood Education

Center for Career & Technical Education
CCD.edu/ECE

Early Childhood teacher Education Designation

The following courses represent the statewide transfer agreement between the Colorado Community College System and all Colorado four-year institutions offering early childhood teacher education preparation programs.

The first 51 credit hours are common for all transfer institutions. The final 9 elective credits must be determined carefully as they are specific to the receiving institution (please refer to the footnotes). The four-year college or university will accept all credits in your early childhood education graduation agreement earned within 10 years of transfer. Courses earned more than 10 years earlier will be evaluated on an individual basis. Meet with your academic advisor to select appropriate electives.

COURSE MAP

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredits
ECE 101 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 102 Introduction to Early Childhood Education Techniques 3
ENG 121 English Composition I: GT-CO1 3
MAT 120 Math for Liberal Arts: GT-MA1 4
Choose One Arts & Humanities Course (GT-AH1~Gt-AH4) 3
Art Appreciation: GT-AH1  
Music Appreciation: GT-AH1  
Theatre Appreciation: GT-AH1  
 Subtotal16
Second Semester
ENG 122 English Composition II: GT-CO2 3
ECE 103 Guidance Strategies for Young Children 3
Choose One Literature Course (GT-AH1~Gt-AH4) 3
Introduction to Literature I: GT-AH2  
Children`s Literature  
Choose One Course Based on your Transfer Institution 3
Infant and Toddler Theory and Practice 1,4,6  
Human Growth and Development: GT-SS3 2,3  
Administration: Human Relations for Early Childhood Education 5  
 Subtotal12
Third Semester
ECE 220 ECE Curriculum Development: Methods and Techniques 3
ECE 238 ECE Child Growth and Development 3
GEO 105 World Regional Geography: GT-SS2 3
SCI 155 Integrated Science with Lab: GT-SC1 4
Choose One Course Based on your Transfer Institution 3
Introduction to Infant/Toddler Lab Techniques 1  
Nutrition, Health and Safety 2,5  
Public Speaking 4  
Administration: Human Relations for Early Childhood Education 1,3,6  
 Subtotal16
Fourth Semester
ECE 256 Working with Parents, Families, and Community Systems 3
SCI 156 Integrated Science II with Lab: GT-SC1 4
PSY 101 General Psychology I: GT-SS3 3
Choose One History Course (GT-HI1) 3
U.S. History to Reconstruction: GT-HI1  
U.S. History Since the Civil War: GT-HI1  
Choose One Course Based on your Transfer Institution 3
Intro to Statistics: GT-MA1 2  
Language and Literacy 3  
General Psychology II: GT-SS3 4  
Administration of Early Childhood Care and Education Programs 5,6  
Introduction to Infant/Toddler Lab Techniques 1  
 Subtotal16
 Total Credits60
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Adams State University

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 Colorado State University

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 Fort Lewis College

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 Metropolitan State University

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 University of Colorado Denver

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 University of Northern Colorado

Center for Career & Technical Education
CCD.edu/ECE

Early Childhood Education

This program meets the academic needs of personnel involved in the care and education of young children (birth through 8 years) and all Colorado Department of Human Services licensing academic requirements. A grade of C or better is required in all degree courses. Upon completing the degree requirements, you will have met the requirements for the early childhood teacher, level I and level II - certificates and the early childhood education director certificate.

In addition to the academic requirement, the Colorado Department of Human Services requires 24 months (3,640 hours) of work experience.

To ensure success in the program, early childhood education credits older than seven years should not be used towards a currently offered certificate or degree. The program chair can make exceptions for you if you are continually employed in the field (at least 3/4 time) after completing the course.

PROGRAM ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Meet minimum assessment scores or prerequisites required for general education courses in the program. See your academic advisor for more information.

NOTE: Background checks will be required for some courses in this program and for employment in this field.

COURSE MAP

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredits
ECE 101 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 1 3
ECE 102 Introduction to Early Childhood Education Techniques 3
ECE 103 Guidance Strategies for Young Children 1 3
ENG 121 English Composition I: GT-CO1 1 3
Choose One Mathematics Course 3
Career Math  
Integrated Math I  
 Subtotal15
Second Semester
COM 115 Public Speaking 3
ECE 205 Nutrition, Health and Safety 3
ECE 220 ECE Curriculum Development: Methods and Techniques 3
Choose One Elective 3
General Psychology I: GT-SS3  
General Psychology II: GT-SS3  
Introduction to Sociology I: GT-SS3  
Choose One Early Childhood Education Course 3
Infant and Toddler Theory and Practice  
Introduction to Infant/Toddler Lab Techniques  
 Subtotal15
Third Semester
ECE 108 The Assessment Process in Early Childhood Education 1
ECE 188 Practicum: Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 236 Child Growth/Development Laboratory 1
ECE 238 ECE Child Growth and Development 3
Choose One Elective 3
Music Appreciation: GT-AH1  
Art Appreciation: GT-AH1  
Choose One Early Childhood Education Course 3
Creativity and the Young Child  
Language and Literacy  
 Subtotal14
Fourth Semester
ECE 209 Observing and Utilizing Young Children's Assessment Instruments 1
ECE 240 Administration of Early Childhood Care and Education Programs 3
ECE 241 Administration: Human Relations for Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 256 Working with Parents, Families, and Community Systems 3
ECE 288 Practicum: Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 260 The Exceptional Child 3
 Subtotal16
 Total Credits60
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Building Block Course

Center for Career & Technical Education
CCD.edu/ECE

Community College of Denver currently offers three certificates in early childhood education.

  

Early Childhood Education Director

This program prepares you for director-qualified positions in early childhood care and education settings. A grade of C or better is required in all certificate and degree courses. Upon completing the director certificate requirements, you will also have met the requirements for the early childhood teacher, level I and level II - ECE certificates. The certificate is fully transferable to the early childhood education A.A.S. degree. Please see your academic advisor about this certificate.

This curriculum meets Colorado Human Services licensing education requirements. In addition to this academic requirement, the Colorado Department of Human Services requires 24 months (3,640 hours) of work experience.

To ensure success in the program, ECE credits older than seven years should not be used towards a currently offered certificate or degree. The program chair can make exceptions for you if you are continually employed in the field (at least 3/4 time) after completing the course.

PROGRAM ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Meet minimum assessment scores or prerequisites required for general education courses in the program. See your academic advisor for more information.

NOTE: Background checks will be required for some courses in this program and for employment in this field.

COURSE MAP

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredits
ECE 101 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 102 Introduction to Early Childhood Education Techniques 3
ECE 103 Guidance Strategies for Young Children 3
ECE 111 Infant and Toddler Theory and Practice 3
 Subtotal12
Second Semester
ECE 205 Nutrition, Health and Safety 3
ECE 220 ECE Curriculum Development: Methods and Techniques 3
ECE 236 Child Growth/Development Laboratory 1
ECE 238 ECE Child Growth and Development 3
Choose One Elective 3
Creativity and the Young Child  
Language and Literacy  
 Subtotal13
Third Semester
ECE 240 Administration of Early Childhood Care and Education Programs 3
ECE 241 Administration: Human Relations for Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 256 Working with Parents, Families, and Community Systems 3
ECE 260 The Exceptional Child 3
 Subtotal12
 Total Credits37

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Early Childhood Teacher, Level I

**This program is not eligible for federal student aid.**

This program prepares you for entry-level positions in early childhood care and education settings. A grade of C or better is required in all certificate and degree programs. In addition to this academic requirement, the Colorado Department of Human Services requires work experience.

All early childhood teacher, level I - ECE certificate credits apply toward the requirements of the A.A.S. degree and certificates in early childhood education.

PROGRAM ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Meet minimum assessment scores or prerequisites required for general education courses in the program. See your academic advisor for more information.

NOTE: Background checks will be required for employment in this field.

COURSE MAP

ECE 101Introduction to Early Childhood Education3
ECE 103Guidance Strategies for Young Children3
Total Credits6

  

Early Childhood Teacher, Level II

This program prepares you for preschool group leader or infant toddler positions in early childhood care and education settings. A grade of C or better is required in all certificate and degree courses. In addition to this academic requirement, the Colorado Department of Human Services requires work experience.

All early childhood teacher, level II - ECE certificate credits apply toward the requirements of the A.A.S. degree in early childhood education. The early childhood teacher, level II - ECE certificate credits are fully transferable to the early childhood education director certificate if the program requirements are carefully selected with the assistance of your academic advisor.

To ensure success in the program, ECE credits older than seven years should not be used towards a currently offered certificate or degree. The program chair can make exceptions for you if you are continually employed in the field (at least 3/4 time) after completing the course.

PROGRAM ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Meet minimum assessment scores or prerequisites required for general education courses in the program. See your academic advisor for more information.

NOTE: Background checks will be required for some courses in this program and for employment in this field.

COURSE MAP

ECE 101Introduction to Early Childhood Education3
ECE 102Introduction to Early Childhood Education Techniques3
ECE 103Guidance Strategies for Young Children3
ECE 236Child Growth/Development Laboratory1
ECE 238ECE Child Growth and Development3
Choose One Early Childhood Education Course3
ECE Curriculum Development: Methods and Techniques
Infant and Toddler Theory and Practice
Total Credits16

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