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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 (Licensure)

CCU's B.A. in Early Childhood Education degree (licensure) is designed for adult students nationwide and abroad (see 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. — Licensure* Quick Facts

  • 120 credit hours (42 in professional core)
  • CCU's generous transfer credit policies help you accelerate your degree
  • Teaching Focus: Pre-kindergarten through third grade in public, international, private, and public charter schools
  • Eligible for Colorado Licensure
  • Must pass Colorado Department of Education teacher licensure exam
  • Student teaching is required
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission 

B.A. in Early Childhood Education (Non-Licensure)

The B.A. in Early Childhood Education degree (non-licensure) is designed for adult students nationwide and abroad (see 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 in schools that do not require a license. These include some public charter schools, private schools, and international schools. 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 CCU’s Alternative Licensing Program or through CCU’s Master of Arts in Special Education Licensure program.

B.A. without Licensure Quick Facts

  • 120 credit hours (31 in professional core) 
  • CCU's generous transfer credit policies help you accelerate your degree
  • 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

* 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 Licensure or Non-Licensure (Undergraduate or Graduate) courses to online students who reside in Arkansas, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, or Kentucky.
  • CAGS does not offer Master of Arts in Counseling courses to online students who reside in Delaware.
  • CAGS does not offer Master of Science in Nursing with an emphasis in Clinical Care Management in Adult and Geriatrics courses to online students who reside in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
  • CAGS does not offer Master of Science in Nursing with an emphasis in Nursing Education courses to online students who reside in Alabama, Alaska, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
  • CAGS does not offer Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) courses to online students who reside in Alabama, Alaska, District of Columbia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Washington, Wisconsin, or Wyoming.

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  • Classes start July 22, so submit your application to CCU Online today. Use promo code POSSIBLE when applying to waive the $50 application fee.