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2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education and Human Development, Early Childhood Education BA - Licensure Track

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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.

Licensure track

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.

Program Delivery

  • 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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General Requirements

To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the three areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements.

Program Requirements

  1. Students must complete a minimum total of 126 semester hours for the EDHD Early Childhood Education Track.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.)
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Transfer courses must be approved by faculty and/or advisor to apply to the major.

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