Early Childhood Education

Associate of Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education

See also: Associate of Arts Degree - Early Childhood Education Designation

This program meets the academic needs for 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. Students completing the degree requirements will have met the requirements for the Early Childhood Teacher, Level I and Level II - ECE Certificates and the Early Childhood Education Director Certificate. Please see an Academic Advisor about this pathway.

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, ECE credits older than seven years should not be used towards a currently offered certificate or degree. The program chair can make exceptions for students 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 an Academic Advisor for more information.

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

Requirements

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
MAT 107 Career Math 3
Or MAT 155 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
PSY 101 General Psychology I: GT-SS3 3
Or PSY 102
General Psychology II:GT-SS3 
Or SOC 101
Introduction to Sociology I: GT-SS3 
ECE Elective 2 3
 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
ECE Elective 2 3
MUS 120 Music Appreciation: GT-AH1 3
Or ART 110
Art Appreciation: GT-AH1 
 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 Elective 2 3
 Subtotal16
 Total Credits60
1

Building Block Course

2

Select 9 Credits from the following:

ECE 111  Infant and Toddler Theory and Practice

ECE 112  Introduction to Infant/Toddler Lab Techniques

ECE 226  Creativity and the Young Child

ECE 228  Language and Literacy

ECE 260  The Exceptional Child

Certificate in Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education Director Certificate

This program prepares graduates 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. Students completing the Director certificate requirements also will 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 AAS Degree. Please see an Academic Advisor about this pathway.

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 students 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 an Academic Advisor for more information.

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

Requirements

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 226 Creativity and the Young Child 3
Or ECE 228 Language and Literacy
 
ECE 236 Child Growth/Development Laboratory 1
ECE 238 ECE Child Growth and Development 3
 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

Certificate in Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Teacher, Level I - ECE

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

This program prepares graduates 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 AAS 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 an Academic Advisor for more information.

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

Requirements

ECE 101Introduction to Early Childhood Education3
OR
Guidance Strategies for Young Children
Additional ECE course3
Total Credits6

Certificate in Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Teacher, Level II - ECE

This program prepares graduates 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 AAS 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 an 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 students 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 an Academic Advisor for more information.

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

Requirements: Preschool Focus

ECE 101Introduction to Early Childhood Education3
ECE 102Introduction to Early Childhood Education Techniques3
ECE 103Guidance Strategies for Young Children3
ECE 220ECE Curriculum Development: Methods and Techniques3
ECE 236Child Growth/Development Laboratory1
ECE 238ECE Child Growth and Development3
Total Credits16

Requirements: Infant/Toddler Focus

ECE 101Introduction to Early Childhood Education3
ECE 102Introduction to Early Childhood Education Techniques3
or ECE 112 Introduction to Infant/Toddler Lab Techniques
ECE 103Guidance Strategies for Young Children3
ECE 111Infant and Toddler Theory and Practice3
ECE 236Child Growth/Development Laboratory1
ECE 238ECE Child Growth and Development3
Total Credits16