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Early Childhood Education Video

Early Childhood Education (AAS)

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Picture of student earning her Early Childhood Education (AAS) degree at CMC.This program provides training for those who want to become involved in the care and education of young children from birth to age eight. Early childhood education, like all education, demands well-prepared teachers. A growing body of research supports the value of high-quality early childhood programs for children’s later success in school and later in life; and the most important part of that is the teacher. Courses in theory and lab experiences are combined with general education courses to provide a comprehensive base of training in the field of early childhood care and education. Unique learning profiles such as giftedness, at-risk, special needs, and English language learners are also covered in the course of training. This program enables students to meet the educational qualifications for Early Childhood Teacher and Director as defined by the Department of Human Services of the State of Colorado. CMC also offers Early Childhood Education certificates  in Early Childhood Teacher, Group Leader, Director, and Developmental Interventionist Assistant.

Completion of this program positions students to obtain employment in a variety of early childhood education settings, such as: school district preschool paraprofessional, Head Start teacher, Early Childhood Resource and Referral Agency worker, child care center lead teacher, infant nursery supervisor or director, family child care home operator, and developmental interventionist assistant. The Associate of Applied Science degree prepares students to enter either skilled or paraprofessional occupations, or to advance in the current job. These programs are not intended to transfer to bachelor’s degree programs, but certain courses may be accepted at some institutions.

Students must demonstrate college-level composition and reading for all ECE courses. Students must also demonstrate college-level proficiency in composition, reading, and mathematics as prerequisites for general education courses within this degree. Skills in these areas may affect the sequence of courses in which students can enroll and may extend the time required to complete this program. Please see your advisor for testing requirements.

All students are encouraged to work with Barbara Jackman (970-468-5989 ext. 2820), regarding recommended course sequencing and course prerequisite requirements; 100-level courses should be completed prior to taking 200-level courses, as they build upon one another. It is strongly recommended students work with a college counselor or advisor for course sequence planning.

Graduates will receive an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education. The Early Childhood Education degree is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC),

Early Childhood Education is offered at Colorado Mountain College in Aspen, Breckenridge, Dillon, Rifle, and Vail Valley at Edwards, and Online.

Learn more about the Early Childhood Education Program

General Education Requirements

(15 credits)

Minimum Hours Required

Minimum Credit Hours Required (60)
Minimum Contact Hours Required (1012.5)

Add a Bachelors to this degree!

Boost the professional value of your technical degree and expertise with our Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) - Leadership & Management  (BAS) degree.

Our BAS degree is designed to enhance the value of your Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree by developing the professional leadership skills needed to work at a management level in technical professions of all kinds.

Learn more.



◆ State Guaranteed Transfer Course

✽ Applies to CMC AA/AS/AGS Degrees

Not all programs/courses are available at every campus and may require travel to another campus or access via distance learning (IVS, hybrid, or online).

For more information see About Our Degrees .

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