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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.

This program enables students to meet the educational qualification for group leader and director as defined by the Department of Human Services of the State of Colorado. Study directed toward the Associate of Arts degree may serve as a basis for the Bachelor of Arts degree with Elementary Education licensure at Colorado Mesa University.

Program Strengths

  • Coursework meets educational requirements for state certificate

  • Students learn the fundamentals of early intervention

  • Courses in theory are combined with lab practice

Emphasis/Degree Options

Associate of Arts
Early Childhood Education
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Early Childhood Education, Director
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Early Childhood Education, Teacher
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Early Childhood Education, Entry Level Teacher
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Career Options

Childcare center employee

Pre-school employee

Gainful Employment

Early Childhood Education- Director - 19.0709

Early Childhood Education - Teacher - 19.0709