B.S. in Early Childhood Education Is the Early Childhood Education Major For You?
Are you curious about the way children grow and develop?
- Have you ever wondered how environmental and social factors affect physical, cognitive, and emotional development?
- Are you curious about development within the context of family, community, and culture?
- Are you interested in learning more about specific stages of child development?
- Are you interested in teaching children from infancy through age 8?
- Have you ever considered becoming a childcare center administrator?
While earning the Early Childhood Education degree, you will take courses in both Human Development and Family Studies and the Center for Educator Preparation in the School of Education, which will enable you to apply for Early Childhood teacher licensure and Director Qualification in the state of Colorado, and will thus qualify you to engage in a number of early childhood professions: teaching grades P-3 in public or private schools in Colorado, teaching in Head Start or other preschool or childcare programs, establishing a business as a family childcare or center childcare provider, or serving as director of a childcare center. An understanding of human development and family studies provides a strong foundation for earning a license to teach young children between the ages of 0 and 8. Knowledge of lifespan developmental processes and family systems prepares future teachers to work in partnership with parents and grandparents in educating children. If you aspire to work with children between the ages of 0 and 8, you can apply during your sophomore year to the major in Early Childhood Education.
You are encouraged to check the program of study as some prerequisites are required before entry into the major. The Early Childhood Education major uses a cohort model, and admits a limited number of students, typically between 25-30, each year. The admission process takes place once a year in the spring, with the admitted candidates starting in the fall. Students in the Early Childhood Education major achieve both Early Childhood Education core learning outcomes, obtained through HDFS and SOE courses, and all learning outcomes required by the Colorado Department of Education for Early Childhood Education licensure.
Graduates from the program teach in settings such as public and private schools, Head Start, family childcare, or center childcare. Graduates are also well prepared to pursue additional teaching endorsements and advanced degrees.