CMU Montrose offers degree programs in early childhood education and elementary education. Each of the degree programs can be completed entirely at the Montrose campus. The programs include a combination of courses taught using on-site faculty, taught in CMU Grand Junction and transmitted in real-time to the Montrose campus via a simultaneous two-way video and audio transmission and online courses.

Associate of Arts, Liberal Arts, Emphasis: Early Childhood Education

This program is for students seeking careers in caring for young children from birth to age eight. Graduates find employment in large and small child care centers, open their own home care centers, work in school settings, or use their associate degree to continue in a bachelor's degree program in Elementary Education licensure.

With the increasing demand for quality early education, many employers require their staff to demonstrate a level of expertise provided by this Associate of Arts degree. The program meets state requirements for early childhood teacher certification and qualifies students to be a group leader and director as defined by the Colorado Department of Human Services

Faculty offer one-on-one guidance for course selection, field placements, student teaching and employment.  Students complete their degree with a student teaching experience providing them an opportunity to teach in a preschool classroom for a semester. 

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Early Childhood Education Program

BA, Liberal Arts, with Elementary Education licensure

Graduates of this program are eligible to become licensed as an Elementary Education (grades K-6) educator in the State of Colorado. Colorado Mesa University is actively seeking applicants for the next cycle of Elementary Education licensure sequence beginning in Fall of 2014. A new cohort begins every two years. For course scheduling, please meet with an advisor.

The program is presently available through the Montrose Campus using on-site faculty, video-conferencing technology, and online courses. The first half of the degree program consists of 60 credit hours of coursework in a variety of disciplines. In the junior year (second half) of the program, students begin the Elementary Education licensure sequence. The Elementary Education licensure sequence is designed to allow participants to work part-time during the daytime, and attend classes in the afternoons and evenings. The typical weekly schedule includes two to three days of classes beginning in the late afternoon and evening. As real experience with schools and students are an integral part of this program, participants will be required to spend 40 or more hours in schools each semester, in addition to the college classes. Since the final two semesters (pre-internship and internship) of the program require a considerable amount of time in the schools, working a job outside of the program will be difficult.

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