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 research with contextually relevant classroom experiences. You'll learn with innovative faculty members who are locally and nationally recognized for their research in early childhood education. Together with your peers and professors, you will critically explore the robust and evolving knowledge base relevant to the field of early care and learning as you engage with experiences that elevate your understanding of children's wonderings, culturally sustaining education, inclusive curricular and environmental design, and assessment and documentation of children's thinking and learning. Our program's history of deeply responsive community partnerships creates compelling and supportive opportunities for students to fully experience, and become inspired by, the daily life of educators in Colorado.
This 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. Courses include field-based experiences that can take place in settings where students currently work.
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 the ECE MA degree.
- 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 total of 120 semester hours for the EDHD - Early Childhood Education Non-Licensure Track
- A minimum GPA of 2.0, grade of C or better, is required for all courses applying to EDHD - Early Childhood non-licensure requirements unless otherwise specified.
- Transfer courses must be approved by faculty and/or advisor to apply to the major.
|ECED 2000||Early Childhood Education as a Profession||3|
|ECED 4030||Nutrition, Health, and Safety||3|
|ECED 4040||Administrative Seminar||3|
|ECED 4060||Working with Families, Professionals, and Communities||3|
|ECED 4102||Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum Methods and Techniques||3|
|ECED 4202||Child Guidance and Classroom Community||3|
|ECED 4300||Exceptional Learners in the Early Childhood Classroom 1||3|
|or SPED 4030||Understanding (dis)Ability in Contemporary Classrooms|
|ECED 4650||Dual Language Learners Learning and Development||3|
|ECED 4010||Inquiry and the Disciplines||3|
|ECED 4070||Development and Education of Infant and Toddlers||3|
|ECED 4200||Assessment for Early Childhood Classrooms||3|
|EDFN 1000||Equality, Rights & Education||3|
|INTE 2000||Digital Teaching and Learning||3|
|HDFR 2110||Child Ecology||3|
|or HDFR 3050||Children's Thinking and Assessment|
|CLDE 2000||CLDE Foundations 1||3|
|MTED 3040||Mathematics for Elementary Teachers 1||3|
|EDFN 4010||Social Foundations and Cultural Diversity in Urban Education 1||3|
|LCRT 4710||Primary Literacy for Diverse Learners: Pre K-3rd Grade||3|
|EDHD 1930||Community Based Field Experience & Seminar 1||3|
|EDHD 2930||Learning & Development Field Experience & Seminar 1||3|
|ECED 2930||Infant & Toddler Field Experience & Seminar 1||3|
|ECED 4933||Internship III & Collaborative Learning Community 1||2-8|
|ECED 4934||Extended Internship & Collaborative Learning Community||4-8|
|Select two of the following:||6|
|Black and Latino Children in Families and Schools|
|Families and Parenting|
|Family and Cultural Diversity|
|Latino Families in School and Communities|
|Family Systems and Social Justice|
Additional courses may be needed to reach the required 120 hours for the BA
Courses require a grade of B- or better; all other courses require a grade of C or better.
An ECE Licensure track is also available for students interested in fulfilling the State of Colorado's ECE licensure requirements.
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. Please see Early Childhood Education BA - Licensure Track for more information.
To review the Degree Map for this program, please visit our website.