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 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.
Eligible for Colorado Licensure
Student Teaching Required
B.A. with Licensure*
Pre-k-3 classrooms in all Colorado public, private and charter schools, Head Start programs, and international schools
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B.A. without Licensure (Theory)
Pre-k-3 classrooms in some private and charter schools, Head Start programs, and international schools
No, but some field experience required
Licensure* only (Post-baccalaureate)
The Liberal Arts with Early Childhood Education Licensing degree is designed for adult students who wish to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Colorado teaching license that allows them to teach pre-kindergarten through third grade in all Colorado public, private and charter schools. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates apply to the Colorado Department of Education for a teaching license.
The Liberal Arts with Early Childhood Education Theory degree is designed for the adult student who wishes to become an early childhood teacher and obtain a Bachelor or Arts degree without Colorado state licensure. Graduates may teach in a pre-kindergarten through third-grade classroom in charter schools, private schools and international schools that do not require Colorado 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.
The post-baccalaureate licensing program for Early Childhood Education is designed for adult students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree and wish to obtain a Colorado teaching license that allows them to teach pre-kindergarten through third grade in all Colorado public, private and charter schools.
If you're interested in early childhood education, contact one of our College of Adult and Graduate Studies Centers to learn more about our programs.
Successful completion of 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.