Early Childhood Education Program

There are two degrees and four certificates available in Early Childhood Education. These degrees and certificates will put you on the path toward working with young children in a childcare or public school setting.

Early Childhood Teacher Certificates:

 

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Associate of Arts (AA), Early Childhood Education, generally spans Pre-K through grade 3, permits students to complete general education requirements and specific early childhood coursework to transfer 60 credit hours to a four-year institution to complete coursework for an Early Childhood Licensure.

Teacher Education Programs in ECE

  • Adams State College
  • Colorado State University at Pueblo
  • Fort Lewis College
  • Mesa State College
  • Metropolitan State College of Denver
  • University of Colorado at Boulder
  • University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
  • University of Colorado at Denver
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • University of Southern Colorado
  • Western State College

Getting Started

All new students enrolling in the Early Childhood Education degree program are required to complete an assessment to determine their current academic skill level in reading, math and English. These results help in setting up an educational plan that will enhance academic success.

See details: Associate of Arts – Early Childhood Education

Associate of Applied Science (AAS), Early Childhood Education, permits students to receive an AAS Degree in Early Childhood Education.  If the student is interested in transferring to a four-year institution to complete a four-year degree, the student should work toward an AA degree. 

See details: Associate of Applied Science – Early Childhood Education

Review all Early Childhood Education course descriptions

For more information regarding career options, salary ranges, educational opportunities, and physical and sensory requirements for working in early childhood education, please see CCA's Early Childhood Education Plan of Study.

Program Level Outcomes (PLOs) - Early Childhood Education AA

Statements which articulate, in measurable terms, what students should know and be able to demonstrate as a result of and at the conclusion of a program. PLOs communicate program goals explicitly and foster transfer of responsibility for learning from faculty to students.

A student who obtains an AA degree in Early Childhood Education from the Community College of Aurora will demonstrate the following abilities:

  • Students will use evidence-based knowledge of child development and learning to understand that each child's learning and development is unique to create safe, healthy, respectful and inclusive learning environments that provide responsive, developmentally appropriate learning opportunities.
  • Students will use evidence-based knowledge to understand complex and diverse characteristics of families and communities using multiple perspectives to support each child's development and learning through collaborative relationships.
  • Students will demonstrate objective observation and use of appropriate assessment tools and approaches, in partnership with families and other professionals in order to positively influence child development, including overall and individualized curriculum.
  • Students will establish and maintain positive, productive relationships with families, respect family choices and goals for children, communicate effectively and meaningfully with families and use families as a primary source of information in designing, implementing and evaluating a meaningful and developmentally appropriate curriculum that demonstrates a wide array of teaching practices that meet the needs of the individual child.
  • Students will demonstrate their knowledge of NAEYC Standards for Early Childhood Degree and certificate programs and the Code of the Ethical Conduct.

Program Level Outcomes (PLOs) - Early Childhood Education AAS

Statements which articulate, in measurable terms, what students should know and be able to demonstrate as a result of and at the conclusion of a program. PLOs communicate program goals explicitly and foster transfer of responsibility for learning from faculty to students.

A student who obtains an AAS degree in Early Childhood Education from the Community College of Aurora will demonstrate the following abilities:

  • Students will use evidence-based knowledge of child development and learning to understand that each child's learning and development is unique to create safe, healthy, respectful and inclusive learning environments that provide responsive, developmentally appropriate learning opportunities.
  • Students will use evidence-based knowledge to understand complex and diverse characteristics of families and communities using multiple perspectives to support each child's development and learning through collaborative relationships.
  • Students will demonstrate objective observation and use of appropriate assessment tools and approaches, in partnership with families and other professionals in order to positively influence child development, including overall and individualized curriculum.
  • Students will establish and maintain positive, productive relationships with families, respect family choices and goals for children, communicate effectively and meaningfully with families and use families as a primary source of information in designing, implementing and evaluating a meaningful and developmentally appropriate curriculum that demonstrates a wide array of teaching practices that meet the needs of the individual child.
  • Students will demonstrate their knowledge of NAEYC Standards for Early Childhood Degree and certificate programs and the Code of the Ethical Conduct.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the Colorado Childcare Licensing Rules and Regulations, Qualistar Rating System and NAEYC Accreditation requirements.

Program Level Outcomes (PLOs) - Early Childhood Education Director Certificate

Statements which articulate, in measurable terms, what students should know and be able to demonstrate as a result of and at the conclusion of a program. PLOs communicate program goals explicitly and foster transfer of responsibility for learning from faculty to students.

A student who obtains an Early Childhood Education Director certificate from the Community College of Aurora will demonstrate the following abilities:

  • Students will use evidence-based knowledge of child development and learning to understand that each child's learning and development is unique to create safe, healthy, respectful and inclusive learning environments that provide responsive, developmentally appropriate learning opportunities.
  • Students will use evidence-based knowledge to understand complex and diverse characteristics of families and communities using multiple perspectives to support each child's development and learning through collaborative relationships.
  • Students will demonstrate objective observation and use of appropriate assessment tools and approaches, in partnership with families and other professionals in order to positively influence child development, including overall and individualized curriculum.
  • Students will establish and maintain positive, productive relationships with families, respect family choices and goals for children, communicate effectively and meaningfully with families and use families as a primary source of information in designing, implementing and evaluating a meaningful and developmentally appropriate curriculum that demonstrates a wide array of teaching practices that meet the needs of the individual child.
  • Students will demonstrate their knowledge of NAEYC Standards for Early Childhood Degree and certificate programs and the Code of the Ethical Conduct.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the Colorado Childcare Licensing Rules and Regulations, Qualistar Rating System and NAEYC Accreditation requirements.

Program Level Outcomes (PLOs) - Early Childhood Entry Certificate

Statements which articulate, in measurable terms, what students should know and be able to demonstrate as a result of and at the conclusion of a program. PLOs communicate program goals explicitly and foster transfer of responsibility for learning from faculty to students.

A student who obtains an Early Childhood Entry certificate from the Community College of Aurora will demonstrate the following abilities:

  • Students will use evidence-based knowledge of child development and learning to understand that each child's learning and development is unique to create safe, healthy, respectful and inclusive learning environments that provide responsive, developmentally appropriate learning opportunities.
  • Students will use evidence-based knowledge to understand complex and diverse characteristics of families and communities using multiple perspectives to support each child's development and learning through collaborative relationships.
  • Students will demonstrate objective observation and use of appropriate assessment tools and approaches, in partnership with families and other professionals in order to positively influence child development, including overall and individualized curriculum.
  • Students will establish and maintain positive, productive relationships with families, respect family choices and goals for children, communicate effectively and meaningfully with families and use families as a primary source of information in designing, implementing and evaluating a meaningful and developmentally appropriate curriculum that demonstrates a wide array of teaching practices that meet the needs of the individual child.
  • Students will demonstrate their knowledge of NAEYC Standards for Early Childhood Degree and certificate programs and the Code of the Ethical Conduct.

Program Level Outcomes (PLOs) - Early Childhood Teacher Certificate

Statements which articulate, in measurable terms, what students should know and be able to demonstrate as a result of and at the conclusion of a program. PLOs communicate program goals explicitly and foster transfer of responsibility for learning from faculty to students.

A student who obtains an Early Childhood Teacher certificate from the Community College of Aurora will demonstrate the following abilities:

  • Students will use evidence-based knowledge of child development and learning to understand that each child's learning and development is unique to create safe, healthy, respectful and inclusive learning environments that provide responsive, developmentally appropriate learning opportunities.
  • Students will use evidence-based knowledge to understand complex and diverse characteristics of families and communities using multiple perspectives to support each child's development and learning through collaborative relationships.
  • Students will demonstrate objective observation and use of appropriate assessment tools and approaches, in partnership with families and other professionals in order to positively influence child development, including overall and individualized curriculum.
  • Students will establish and maintain positive, productive relationships with families, respect family choices and goals for children, communicate effectively and meaningfully with families and use families as a primary source of information in designing, implementing and evaluating a meaningful and developmentally appropriate curriculum that demonstrates a wide array of teaching practices that meet the needs of the individual child.
  • Students will demonstrate their knowledge of NAEYC Standards for Early Childhood Degree and certificate programs and the Code of the Ethical Conduct.
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