Colorado Christian University
Degrees in Early Childhood Education
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Degrees in Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education Program Degree Options

The early childhood education programs offered through our College of Adult and Graduate Studies will provide you with the skills to make a meaningful impact on the world’s next generation of learners. As a teacher candidate, you will study education theory and participate in field-based learning experiences that put you in the classroom. This unique combination of theory and practice will help you develop the competencies necessary to become an effective early childhood teacher.

Taught from a Christian worldview, our early childhood education programs are offered online, on site, and in hybrid formats. Each course will help you address the diverse needs of today's learners through servant-leadership in classrooms, schools, and society as a whole. Small class sizes encourage individualized learning and networking and give you direct access to instructors who are also professionals in the field.

Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education Licensing

CCU's bachelor's in Early Childhood Education Licensing degree is designed for adult students nationwide (see state exclusions below) who wish to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree and a teaching license that allows them to teach pre-kindergarten through third grade in public, international, private, and public charter schools. Upon successful completion of this education program, graduates apply to the Colorado Department of Education for a Colorado teaching license. Out-of-state students will use their Colorado license to apply for licensure in their home state through their department of education’s teacher licensure reciprocation process.

B.A. with Licensure* Quick Facts

  • 120 credit hours (42 in Early Childhood Education professional core, 26 in Liberal Arts major core, 22 in general education, 6 in Prerequisite professional core, and 24 in electives)
  • Teaching Focus: Pre-kindergarten through third grade in public, international, private, and public charter school
  • Eligible for Colorado Licensure
  • Student teaching is required
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

B.A. Liberal Arts with Early Childhood Education Theory

The Liberal Arts with Early Childhood Education Theory degree is designed for adult students nationwide (see state exclusions below) who wish to become early childhood teachers and obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree without licensure. Graduates may teach in a pre-kindergarten through third grade classroom in public charter schools, private schools, and international schools that do not require licensure. Additionally, Head Start teachers may choose this option to obtain their degree as well as Directors of Preschools or Early Childhood Centers. Student teaching is not required, although teacher candidates are required to complete field experiences during the fall and spring semesters. Graduates of this program may later choose to pursue Colorado licensure through the CDE’s Alternative Licensing Program or through CCU’s Master of Arts in Special Education Licensure program.

B.A. without Licensure (Theory) Quick Facts

  • 120 credit hours (31 in Early Childhood Education professional core, 26 in Liberal Arts major core, 22 in general education, 6 in Prerequisite professional core, and 35 in electives)
  • Teaching Focus: Pre-kindergarten through third grade in some private, international, and public charter schools
  • Not eligible for Colorado Licensure
  • Student teaching is not required, but some field experience is required
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

Post-baccalaureate Early Childhood Education Licensing

The post-baccalaureate licensing program for Early Childhood Education is designed for adult students nationwide (see state exclusion list below) who have already completed a regionally accredited bachelor's degree and wish to obtain a teaching license that allows them to teach pre-kindergarten through third grade in public, international, private, and public charter schools. Upon successful completion of this education program, graduates apply to the Colorado Department of Education for a Colorado teaching license. Out-of-state students will use their Colorado license to apply for licensure in their home state through their department of education's teacher licensure reciprocation process.

Licensure* only (Post-baccalaureate) Quick Facts

  • 69 credit hours (42 Professional core, 12 in General Education and Liberal Arts core, 9 in CCU's College of Adult and Graduate Studies core, and 6 in prerequisite professional core)
  • Teaching Focus: Pre-kindergarten through third grade in public, international, private, and public charter schools
  • Eligible for Colorado Licensure
  • Student teaching is required
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

* Licensure programs

Successful completion of CCU's College of Adult and Graduate Studies education licensure programs will result in a university recommendation for licensure to the Colorado Department of Education (CDE). It is the student's responsibility to ensure he/she meets all additional CDE licensure requirements. Out-of-state students are responsible for researching their home state's teacher licensure reciprocation process and requirements.


State Exclusions for Online Students

The College of Adult and Graduate Studies (CAGS) at Colorado Christian University offers courses to online students in all states with the exception of the following program-specific state exclusions:

  • CAGS does not offer Educator Licensing or Education Theory courses (Undergraduate, Graduate or Post Baccalaureate) to online students who reside in Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, or Washington, D.C.
  • CAGS does not offer RN-BSN Nursing courses to online students who reside in Alabama, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, or Washington, D.C.
  • CAGS does not offer Master of Arts in Counseling courses to online students who reside in Delaware, Kentucky, North Carolina, Wisconsin or Washington, D.C.
  • CAGS does not offer Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) courses to online students who reside in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, or Washington, D.C.

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  • CCU Online

    The College of Adult and Graduate Studies offers adult students the opportunity to earn their degree online from anywhere in the world.

  • CCU Colorado

    Adult students living in Colorado can take courses at any one of our six center locations throughout the Colorado region.