Graduate Requirements for Students Seeking Early Childhood Education Licensure
A. Institutional graduation requirements, including minimum number of hours and minimum grade average. A transfer student who is seeking Early Childhood Education licensure will meet the same admission and graduation requirements as a native student, including enrollment in an approved teacher preparation program, and enrollment in the required courses for licensure recommendation. A transfer student from a Colorado public community college who has earned an Associate of Arts (AA) degree as defined in this agreement will need to complete no more than 66 credits to earn the baccalaureate degree at the four-year institution (60 plus 66 transfer agreement).
B. Universal transfer courses for the Early Childhood Education program. A community college student who is planning to become an early childhood educator will sign a graduation plan at the community college that identifies the first 51 credit hours that are guaranteed to transfer to particular early childhood education programs that are offered by Colorado public institutions of higher education. See course listing.
To complete the AA graduation requirements, students who have completed or are currently enrolled in courses that will total the first 51 credits, will apply to a specific early childhood education program and be advised on the final 9 credits guaranteed to transfer.
All courses described herein are guaranteed to transfer into particular early childhood education programs upon admission. Students need not complete the AA or AS degree to transfer any or all of these courses.
100-level courses should be completed prior to taking 200-level courses, as they build upon one another. It is strongly recommended that students work with a college counselor or advisor for course sequence planning.
C. Second Year, Second Semester of Graduation Agreement (Final 9 Credit Hours). During the first semester of the student's sophomore year (or the equivalent term when the student will complete the 51 credits outlined in the early childhood education graduation agreement) the student will sign an agreement for the final 9 credits hours that will be co-signed by both community college and the four-year college.
A signed agreement between a community college and a receiving four-year Institution only ensures that the remaining 9 credits are guaranteed to transfer upon admission to the receiving early childhood education program.
This agreement entitles the student to:
- Advice from the four-year institution on the 9 credit hours that will be guaranteed to apply to the graduation requirements leading to an elementary education license.
- A graduation plan that meets the community college's Associate of Arts requirements and transfer of any credits earned at the four-year institution as meeting the AA graduation requirements.
- Ability to enroll in selected courses offered at the four-year institution, including on-line or on-campus classes, if not available at the community college.
D. A transfer student must apply and be successfully admitted to a school of education or the appropriate education program at the receiving four-year institution in order to complete the licensure program in early childhood education.
The Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Teacher Education is available at Colorado Mountain College in Aspen, Breckenridge, Dillon, Rifle, Vail Valley at Edwards, and Online. For more information, please see Academic Programs at Colorado Mountain College. Not every course is offered on every campus.
Learn more about the Early Childhood Teacher Education Program