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Early Childhood Education

The mission of Early Childhood Education at Western Colorado Community College is to provide developmentally appropriate, high quality learning experiences for students in Early Childhood Education.

This program is for students seeking careers involved in the care of young children from birth to age eight. Courses in theory and lab practice are combined to provide a comprehensive base of growth and development, with an emphasis on field experiences. Students also learn fundamentals of early intervention, including intervention with high risk, gifted, and developmentally delayed children. 

Early Childhood Education

This program enables students to meet the educational qualification for an Assistant, Teacher and Director as defined by the Colorado Office of Early Childhood and Colorado State Child Care Licensing. Study is directed toward the Associate of Arts degree. Early Childhood courses also serve as a foundation for the Bachelor of Arts Early Childhood Education with a focus on Early Childhood Special Education with Colorado Department of Education Teacher Licensure for children Kindergarten to 2nd grade at Colorado Mesa University.  CMU Teacher Education

Student Learning Outcomes

     Liberal Arts - Early Childhood Education: Early Childhood Director

  1. Utilize mathematical skills required to instruct young children in alignment with Colorado Department of Education standards. (Qualitative Fluency)
  2. Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills to communicate details of a child’s development and give recommendations regarding behavior/learning to parents and other professionals. (Communication Fluency)
  3. Apply the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) code of ethics in their interactions with young children, families and with other professional. (Applied Learning)
  4. Gather personal journals/ administrative evaluations to analyze interactions and teaching experiences in order to improve on teaching practices. Specialized Knowledge/ Critical Thinking)

     Liberal Arts - Early Childhood Education: Early Childhood Education Teacher

  1. Define ethics in the early childhood field. (Specialized Knowledge)
  2. Describe why ethics are important in both education and business. (Specialized Knowledge)
  3. Apply the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) code of ethics in their interactions with young children, families and with other professional. (Applied Learning)
  4. Describe social responsibility. (Specialized Knowledge)
  5. Identify different ethical situations that may arise in both education/business settings and offer a variety of solutions. (Critical Thinking)
  6. Compare and contrast different theories about ethics. (Specialized Knowledge)

Program Strengths

  • Coursework meets educational requirements for state certificate

  • Students learn the fundamentals of early intervention

  • Courses in theory are combined with lab practice

Career Pathways

Career pathway programs prepare students for employment in industries while also providing a stepping stone to an associate degree, bachelor’s degree and beyond. Learn more about career pathways.

Career Pathways Certificate Length of Program
Entry-level Teacher 2 semesters (9 credits)
Teacher 2 semesters (16 credits)

Gainful Employment

Early Childhood Education- Director - 19.0709

Early Childhood Education - Teacher - 19.0709

Career Options

Childcare center employee

Pre-school employee