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2018-2019 Catalog 
2018-2019 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Early Childhood Teacher Education (AA)

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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

A Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreement Program

A statewide transfer articulation agreement identifies the community college courses students need to take in order to graduate from a community college with a 60-credit Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) degree with designation (DwD). Students are responsible for informing the admissions counselor or intake advisor at their receiving four-year institution that they are completing a DwD.

It is important for students to understand that completion of an AA or AS degree within two years requires them to complete 15 credits per semester (or 30 credits per year). Also, research shows that students who take classes in their major area within their first 30 credit hours are more likely to persist and graduate.

The guarantees and limitations below describe the minimum requirements to which all participating institutions have agreed.

General Education Requirements (33 credits)

Select a category to view the course options when specific courses are not listed.


Additional Required Courses (18 credits)

Electives (9 credits)

  •     Advised Electives  9.0 credits

Courses are determined by the receiving 4-year institution.
Please use the following link as a guide and consult with your receiving institution. Qualifying Courses that Satisfy (9) Elective Credit Hours By Institution (page 5)

Total Credits Earned

General Education Requirements (33 credits)
Additional Required Courses (18 credits)
Electives (9 credits)
Total Credit Hours Applied to the AA in Early Childhood Teacher Education Degree (60 credits)


Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreement Guarantees & Limitations

The guarantees and limitations below describe the minimum requirements to which all participating institutions have agreed.

An appeal related to denial of transfer credits will follow the Colorado Commission on Higher Education student appeal process. An appeal may be filed at


Students who complete a DwD (Degree with Distinction) pursuant to the prescribed curriculum in this statewide transfer articulation agreement and pass all 60 credits with a C- or higher and are admitted to the receiving institution’s corresponding degree program are guaranteed the following:

  • Junior standing with no more than 66 remaining credits to meet the graduation requirements for a baccalaureate degree in the degree program covered by this articulation agreement.
  • Completion of the receiving institution’s lower-division general education requirements as defined by the GT Pathways curriculum.
  • The same graduation requirements as students who begin and complete this degree program at the four-year institution.
  • Beginning fall 2019, admission to all Colorado public baccalaureate awarding institutions (except Colorado School of Mines) will be guaranteed to applicants who have completed any AA or AS degree from a Colorado public two-year institution, provided certain requirements are met. To see these requirements, please refer to the Colorado Commission on Higher Education’s Admissions Standards Policy (Effective for students seeking admission for fall 2019 and after), Section title “Guaranteed Transfer Admissions.”


  • Until the Commission’s new Admissions Policy takes effect fall 2019, completion of the prescribed curriculum in this statewide transfer articulation agreement does not guarantee admission to a participating receiving institution. Students must meet all admission and application requirements at the receiving institution including the submission of all required documentation by stated deadlines. Please note: Students transferring to a University of Colorado institution (Boulder, Colorado Springs, Denver) must satisfy the CU System’s MAPS (Minimum Academic Preparation Standards) requirement.
  • Only courses with grades of C- or higher are guaranteed to transfer.
  • Admission to a receiving institution does not guarantee enrollment in a specific degree program. Some programs at receiving institutions have controlled entry due either to space limitations or academic requirements.
  • The credit and course transfer guarantees described in this agreement apply to the specific degree programs covered by this agreement. If the student changes majors, receiving institutions will evaluate application of the courses designated in this agreement to other degree programs on a course-by-course basis.
  • Students are allowed to use credits awarded by exam, such as AP (Advanced Placement) and IB (International Baccalaureate), as long as those exams are listed on the exam tables here:, or may use challenge exams to fulfill GT Pathways requirements (not necessarily major requirements) and those credits are guaranteed to transfer and apply to GT Pathways requirements at the receiving institution per the Colorado Commission on Higher Education’s Policy I, X: Prior Learning Assessment. See the entire policy for more information:
  • The receiving institution shall accept all applicable credits earned within ten years of transfer to the receiving institution. Credits earned more than ten years earlier will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis.
  • All the courses a student needs to take in the associate degree program covered by this statewide transfer articulation agreement are listed in the prescribed curriculum. Course substitutions are allowed as long as the student and sending and receiving institutions agree to the substitution; such agreement should be documented in writing and the student should keep a copy until the baccalaureate degree is conferred. Note that if students substitute a course, then this is no longer a statewide agreement and some of the guarantees are only for the receiving institution that agreed to the substitution. Any additional courses taken in the discipline covered by this agreement might not count toward the requirements of the major at the receiving institution. Students can avoid this problem by either taking no more courses in the discipline than the ones identified in the prescribed curriculum or by consulting first with the receiving institution to assure that any additional courses they take in the discipline will county toward the major.

Because of the limitations above, students must consult with the Office of Admissions at the institution to which they are considering transferring.

Articulation Agreement Addendum

Students who do not complete an AA/AS degree can use the prescribed curriculum in a statewide transfer articulation agreement as a common advising guide for transfer to all public institutions that offer the designated baccalaureate degree program.

Please note the following:

  • The guarantee that the number of credits required to graduate will be at the State-mandated minimum for this baccalaureate degree program applies only to students who complete the AA/AS degree and the complete curriculum prescribed in this agreement.
  • Students are guaranteed application of completed GT Pathways courses within the curriculum prescribed in this agreement up tot he established maximum in each category.
  • Except in special cases (e.g., the partial completion of a required sequence of courses or variation in the number of credit hours institutions award for course equivalents), students can expect that courses specified within the prescribed curriculum in this agreement that are successfully completed with a C- or higher will fulfill the relevant course requirements in the designated major.
  • Receiving institutions will evaluate all courses other than those specified in this agreement on a course-by-course basis.

Students transferring without a completed AA/AS degree must consult with the Office of Admissions at the institution to which they are transferring to review the issues identified above and to make sure they meet all admission and application requirements at the receiving institution, including the submission of all required documentation by stated deadlines.

This agreement will remain in force until such time as it is formally modified or terminated.


◆ 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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