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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

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