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Early Childhood Education Certificates



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Picture of work benefiting from earning an Early Childhood Education Certificate at CMC.These certificates enable students to meet the educational qualifications for Director, or Early Childhood Teacher as defined by the Department of Human Services of the State of Colorado. 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. The certificates offered by CMC meet or exceed the educational requirements needed to apply for certificates offered through the Department of Human Services. Once you complete the required coursework at CMC, you must apply directly through the state office to receive CDHS credentials. The state also has experience requirements on top of any required classes. The requirements in this field change frequently. For more specific information on licensing requirements or state credentials, please contact Barbara Jackman at Colorado Mountain College in Dillon. CMC also offers the following certificates: Group Leader and Developmental Interventionist Assistant that provide pathways for students to progress along the education ladder.

This certificate curriculum includes many of the courses included in the Associate of Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Education  and credits may be applied toward that degree. 

Students must demonstrate college-level composition and reading for all ECE courses. For details see your advisor.

Learn more about the Early Childhood Education Program

Early Childhood Education: Early Childhood Teacher


This certificate prepares individuals seeking employment as an early childhood teacher who will be responsible for a single group of children working under the supervision of a director.  CMC’s Early Childhood Teacher certificate meets the education requirements for CDHS’s Early Childhood Teacher qualification. Students may apply and obtain an Official Early Childhood Teacher Qualification Verification Letter from the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS), Division of Child Care upon meeting certain requirements. There are additional experience requirements required by CDHS.  Please see your advisor or contact CDHS. 

Please note: CDHS has work experience requirements in addition to the education requirement for this certificate. Please contact Barbara Jackman at Dillon for this information.

Minimum Hours Required


Minimum Credit Hours Required (6)
Minimum Contact Hours Required (90)

This certificate program is not eligible for federal student aid funds.

Minimum Hours Required


Minimum Credit Hours Required (15)
Minimum Contact Hours Required (247.5)

This certificate program is not eligible for federal student aid funds.

Minimum Hours Required


Minimum Credit Hours Required (30)
Minimum Contact Hours Required (472.5)

For federal student aid purposes, this program meets the minimum requirements of 30 credit hours and 30 weeks of instruction and is financial aid eligible.

Developmental Interventionist (DI)


DI Assistant is the title used for paraprofessionals working with infants and toddlers with exceptional needs, and their families, in the state of Colorado.  This CMC certificate prepares students to meet the existing state-mandated certificate for paraprofessionals who work with infants and toddlers (birth through two years) with developmental delays or disabilities and their families.  The certificate consists of 5 courses totaling 17 credits.  Completers are eligible for employment in the new DI Assistant position created by Early Intervention (EI) Colorado.  This position is an entry-level position in the early intervention field.

 

Minimum Hours Required


Minimum Credits Required (17)
Minimum Contact Hours Required (270)

This certificate program is not eligible for federal student aid funds.

Note:


◆ 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 Degree & Certificate Descriptions & Requirements .

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