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The Early Childhood Education (ECE) track in the Education and Human Development major has a strong focus on engaging Colorado's rapidly diversifying student and family population. It combines cutting-edge research with real classroom experiences. You'll learn with innovative faculty members who are locally and nationally recognized for their research in early childhood education. They will provide you with a robust knowledge base and relevant learning experiences in children's thinking, culturally responsive education, supporting dual language learners, inclusive and engaging classroom and curricular design and assessment and documentation of young children's learning. At the same time, you will benefit from strong school and community partnerships that are unmatched in the state. All ECE track students have the opportunity to take all required courses to fulfill the State of Colorado's Director qualifications and become leaders in the field of early learning.
The ECE track has two options: Licensure and Non-licensure.
Students who select the 126 credit hour licensure track fulfill all requirements for a license to teach children Birth-Age 8 in Colorado's school districts and community-based early childhood centers. This track prepares students to become teachers of children up through third grade. Field-based experiences take place in the School of Education's Professional Development network of partner schools.
Students in this track have the opportunity to apply for the BAMA during their junior year. The BAMA allows students to take 9 credits of their professional year program at the graduate level and apply them to one of 8 MA degrees in the SEHD.
- This is an on-campus program with a variety of delivery options for many of our courses including hybrid, evening, weekend and online courses.
Declaring This Major
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To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the three areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements.
- CU Denver Graduation Requirements
- CU Denver Undergraduate Core Curriculum
- School of Education & Human Development Graduation Requirements
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- Students must complete a minimum total of 126 semester hours for the EDHD Early Childhood Education Track.
- Students must pass the appropriate Praxis Exam prior to beginning their final semester of their Professional Year. It is recommended students complete the exam in the year prior to their Professional Year.
- Application to the last year of the program, the Professional Year, is required. After successfully completing all other Core, major, and elective courses, all students must apply for admission into the Professional Year. Requirements for admission include a 3.0 GPA, positive letters of recommendation, successful evaluations of earlier clinical experiences, and a successful interview. (Students with a lower GPA may be considered under certain conditions. Please see SEHD website.)
- A minimum GPA of 2.0, grade of C or better, is required for all major courses applying to EDHD - Early Childhood Education requirements unless otherwise specified.
- Students must complete and maintain a 3.0 minimum grade point average in Professional Year coursework to complete licensure requirements. Please see an advisor for more information on this requirement.
- Transfer courses must be approved by faculty and/or advisor to apply to the major.
|CLDE 2000||CLDE Foundations 1||3|
|ECED 4650||Dual Language Learners Learning and Development||3|
|ECED 4060||Working with Families, Professionals, and Communities||3|
|EDFN 1000||Equality, Rights & Education||3|
|EDFN 4010||Social Foundations and Cultural Diversity in Urban Education 1||3|
|HDFR 2110||Child Ecology||3|
|or HDFR 3050||Children's Thinking and Assessment|
|INTE 2000||Digital Teaching and Learning||3|
|LCRT 3720||Introduction to Writing Development and Teaching||3|
|LCRT 4710||Primary Literacy for Diverse Learners: Pre K-3rd Grade||3|
|MTED 3040||Mathematics for Elementary Teachers 1||3|
|ECED 2000||Early Childhood Education as a Profession||3|
|ECED 4030||Nutrition, Health, and Safety||3|
|ECED 4102||Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum Methods and Techniques||3|
|ECED 4040||Administrative Seminar||3|
|ECED 4070||Development and Education of Infant and Toddlers||3|
|ECED 4200||Assessment for Early Childhood Classrooms||3|
|ECED 4202||Child Guidance and Classroom Community||3|
|EDHD 1930||Community Based Field Experience & Seminar 1||3|
|ECED 2930||Infant & Toddler Field Experience & Seminar 1||3|
|EDHD 2930||Learning & Development Field Experience & Seminar 1||2-3|
|Professional Year Courses|
|A minimum grade of B- is required in each course.|
|ECED 4300||Exceptional Learners in the Early Childhood Classroom||3|
|or SPED 4030||Understanding (dis)Ability in Contemporary Classrooms|
|LCRT 4000||Elementary Literacy Instruction and Assessment Part 1||3|
|ECED 4010||Inquiry and the Disciplines||3|
|or UEDU 4040||Planning for Learning|
|ECED 4020||Science for P-2 Classrooms||3|
|or SCED 4004||Elementary Science Teaching|
|MTED 4002||Elementary Mathematics Teaching I||3|
|ECED 4931||Internship I & Collaborative Learning Community||2|
|ECED 4932||Internship II & Collaborative Learning Community||2|
|ECED 4933||Internship III & Collaborative Learning Community||6|
|ECED 4050||Early Childhood Education Capstone: Planning, Instruction & Assessment||3|
|or UEDU 4050||Elementary Capstone: Planning, Instruction & Assessment|
Additional General Electives hours may be needed to reach the required hours for the BA
Courses require a grade of B- or better; all other courses require a grade of C or better.
A 120 credit hour track is ideal for students who currently and/or intend to work in community-based early childhood environments that serve children from infancy-age five years is also available.
To review the Degree Map for this program, please visit our website.