Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education (ECE) program provides students with a foundation for working with children (birth to age eight) in a variety of settings. Our faculty offer one-on-one guidance for course selection, field placements, student teaching and employment. Students complete their degree by completing a student teaching in an early childhood classroom.

Why choose Early Childhood Education at WCCC?

  • Classes offered days, evenings and online
  • Students experience contact with children, parents and ECE professionals in settings that support professional growth
  • Students create a network of peers
  • The program stays on the cutting-edge of early childhood research and advocacy, and prepares students for a wide range of career opportunities
  • Students experience different philosophies, since the program partners with local private childcare facilities, School District 51, charter schools and Head Start
  • The program meets state childcare licensing requirements for teacher and director certification and continuing education for Colorado Department of Education and Department of Human Services

This degree is designed for students who intend to continue their education and obtain a baccalaureate degree. The AA is the appropriate choice for students, who will take upper division coursework in the arts, humanities, or social and behavioral sciences. This degree includes the Colorado Statewide General Education Core and meets the lower division general education requirements at most public institutions in Colorado.

Academic Requirements

The Early Childhood Education program is designed to prepare students to work with young children (birth to age eight) in a variety of settings. This certificate is designed for students wishing to work as lead teachers in a childcare classroom. Students who wish to work in licensed early childhood care and education programs may complete the sequence of courses for Entry-Level Teacher certificate and then continue to earn an Associate of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education. The Entry-Level Teacher certificate enables students to meet the educational qualifications established by the Colorado Department of Human Services.

Academic Requirements

The Early Childhood Education program is designed to prepare students to work with young children (birth to age eight in a variety of settings. This certificate is designed for students wishing to work as lead teachers in a childcare classroom. Students who wish to work in licensed early childhood care and education programs may complete the sequence of courses for the Teacher certificate and then continue to earn an Associate of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education. The Teacher certificate enables students to meet the educational qualifications established by the Colorado Department of Human Services.

Academic Requirements

This certificate prepares students for careers in licensed early childhood care and education programs. The Director certificate enables students to meet the educational qualifications of the Colorado Department of Human Services. Students who wish to work in licensed early childhood classrooms may complete the Director certificate and then continue to earn an Associate of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education. Career options include opportunities in childcare centers and pre-schools both public and private.

Academic Requirements

Career Opportunities

  • Preschool teacher, director
  • Elementary school teacher, director
  • Childcare center teacher, director
  • Home childcare

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

  • What I like most about the Early Childhood Education program is being able to engage with and learn from others. We are able to put our new skills to work in a group setting. Receiving the constructive criticism enhances our learning and teaching techniques.
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    Michelle Moore
    ECE Student
85%

Courses with fewer than 25 students

Small class sizes allow for personal connection with the instructor

90%

Job Placement

AA graduates are able to secure a job in the field within a few months of graduation

Program Faculty

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Tammie Vail Shoultz-McCole

Program Director Early Childhood Education

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Stephanie Stelljes

Lecturer of Early Childhood Education