Early Childhood Education

Programs of Study

Teacher Education Designation

Curriculum
Colorado Guaranteed Transfer
Offered in the Classroom & 80% Online

Early Childhood Education

Curriculum
Direct to Work
Offered in the Classroom & 80% Online

Early Childhood Education Director

Curriculum
Direct to Work, Stackable
Offered in the Classroom & 89% Online

Early Childhood Teacher, Level I

Curriculum
Direct to Work, Stackable
Offered in the Classroom & 50% Online

Early Childhood Teacher, Level II

Curriculum
Direct to Work, Stackable
Offered in the Classroom & 80% Online

About the Program

Teaching at any level — pre-school through college — is an enriching and satisfying career where you make a difference every day. If you have a passion for learning, enjoy working with children, and want to make a difference, teaching may be the perfect career for you.

CCD offers an Associate of Applied Science and Associate of Arts in early childhood education as well as three additional certificate programs. Graduates of these programs can go on to earn a bachelor’s degrees and teacher certification, or they can work as teacher assistants in schools or child care centers.

Academic Support

Academic support is provided through CCD's Excel Knowledge Zone

It helps students succeed by offering a variety of learning opportunities. The Career & Technical Education (CTE) Zone is located in Cherry Creek Building, rooms 205 and 210. Bi-lingual tutoring for ECE courses is also available.

Available Online

CCD Online offers fully online certificates and degrees, and individual online courses to help match your busy schedule. This program offers between 50 to 89 percent of its degree either online or through a hybrid program.

Your first step is to see if online learning is right for you. Online and hybrid environments offer much more flexibility but require more self-direction and self-discipline. Certain work habits, learning styles and skills contribute to a successful online or hybrid learning experience.

Online Experience Questions?
303.352.6785 | TLC@ccd.edu

Course & Program Fees

A background check is required and there is a fee associated with this. Please speak with your program chair.

Financial Aid Eligibility

Most of this program is eligible for federal financial aid. However, the early childhood education teacher, level I certificate is not eligible for federal student aid.

Your first step is to connect with the Financial Aid office to discover how you can afford college. Our dedicated staff and support services help you wade through all the legal language and get you past the first hurdle to completing your educational goals.

In addition, CCD has $1,000,000 available in scholarships. Apply at CCD.edu/Scholarships.

Stop by the financial aid office on the first floor of the Confluence Building for help with the federal financial aid application. Walk-in hours are offered every Wednesday from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the Confluence Building, room 118.

Four-Year Transfer Agreements

The teacher education designation associate degree is a guaranteed transfer (GT) program.

GT programs enable all college students to complete their first two years of college here at CCD and then transfer to any public college in Colorado as a junior. It is called the DWD program (Degrees with Designation). This program saves you money and time.

A Two-Year Degree from CCD Can Lead to a Four-Year Degree from ...

  • Adams State University
  • Colorado Mesa University
  • Colorado State University
  • Fort Lewis College
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • University of Colorado Denver 
  • University of Northern Colorado

Gainful Employment Information

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation." The information provided here is the best available to us and represents one  year’s data only. However, we hope this information is helpful to our current students and to prospective students as you make your career and educational choices.

Click here for CCD’s gainful employment occupation, placement rate, on-time completion rate, average program tuition & fees, and average program median loan debt data.

Internships & Service Learning Opportunities

There are community-based workforce internship opportunities available. Please speak with your program chair for details.

Job Outlook & Salary Information

What Can I Do with My Major?

Early childhood teachers educate and care for young children who have not yet entered kindergarten. They promote child development and learning; build family and community relationships; support young children, use developmentally appropriate approaches to connect with children and families; and use content knowledge to build meaningful curriculum. Employment of preschool teachers is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.

There are numerous job possibilities with an associate degree or certificate in early childhood education including:

  • Head Start classrooms
  • Infant and toddler programs
  • Child care centers
  • Preschools
  • Family child care homes
  • Community agencies
  • Early childhood programs director

Learn more about this career path by visiting CCD's Career and Transfer Center.

How Much Can I Expect to Earn?

The median annual wage for preschool teachers was $28,990 per year ($13.94 per hour) in May 2017.

The information provided here is by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Stackable

The early childhood director certificate seamlessly transfers to the early childhood education A.A.S. degree. Please see your academic advisor about this certificate.

All early childhood teacher, level I certificate credits apply toward the requirements of the A.A. and A.A.S. degrees in early childhood education.

The early childhood teacher, level II certificate seamlessly transfers to the early childhood education director certificate if the program requirements are carefully selected with the assistance of your academic advisor.