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Early Childhood Education

Become certified as a Group Leader or Director with Colorado Mountain College

Help shape young lives! For anyone interested in early childhood education certification in Colorado, at CMC you’ll learn to how to care for children from birth to age eight. A group leader and director certificate gives you many options. This program helps you meet the educational qualification for group leader and director for the State of Colorado.


Program at a Glance

Degrees: Early Childhood Education / Early Childhood Teacher (Cert), Group Leader (Cert), Director (Cert), Developmental Interventionist (Cert)

Locations: Aspen, Breckenridge & Dillon, Edwards, Leadville, Rifle, Online Learning. Steamboat Springs

Cost: $57/credit-hour (in-district), $317/credit-hour (out-of-state)
See tuition information below

What will I learn?

Courses in theory and lab experience are combined to provide a comprehensive base of growth and development, with a strong emphasis on field experiences. Early intervention, high risk, gifted and developmentally delayed issues are included.

Graduates will receive a Certificate of Occupational Proficiency. The curriculum includes many of the classes included in the Associate of Science degree in early childhood Education and credits may apply toward that degree.

Where can I go from here?

With this early childhood education certification and training, you can find work in:

  • Child care centers
  • Preschools
  • Kindergartens
  • Nursery schools
  • After-school programs
  • Recreational centers
  • Playground
  • Other programs serving children from birth to age eight

What classes will I take?

How much is tuition?

Don’t go deep into debt. Find your affordable education here! Colorado Mountain College tuition is one of the lowest in Colorado, and is lower than in-state tuition in many other states. See more tuition information and net price calculators.

Tuition Rates for this program

Status 100-200 Courses
per Credit Hour
100-200 Courses
per Semester*
In-District $57 $855
In-State $100.50 $1,507.50
Out-of-State $317 $4,755

Special Tuition Rates at CMC

You may qualify for a significant tuition discount at Colorado Mountain College.

Status 100-200 Courses
per Credit Hour
100-200 Courses
per Semester*
Vets & Military Families $57 $855
CMC Service Area $97 $1,455
Western States (WUE) $150.75 $1,586.25