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Early Childhood Education

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"The program is unique. Your teachers are working early childhood educators who are involved as mentors during your classes and onward into your career." -Caitlyn Shaffer

Early childhood teacher leads a preschool activity.
A preschool teach shows a page in a children's story.
A young girl in a preschool shows her painted paper plate.


Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education program at CMC can help you qualify for a career in the classroom or in administration

This program enables students to meet the educational qualification for group leader and director as defined by the Department of Human Services of the State of Colorado. This program provides training for those who want to become involved in the care of young children from birth to age eight. 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.

Employment may be found in child care centers, preschools, kindergartens, nursery schools, after-school programs, recreational centers, playground, and other programs serving children from birth to age eight.

Graduates will receive an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education.

The A.A.S. Early Childhood Education degree at Colorado Mountain College has earned full Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Our full accreditation status will continue for the next five years.

NAEYC is nationally recognized as the premier leader and advocate in Early Childhood Education in the United States. Full accreditation ensures that our students have chosen a program of high quality to meet their professional development/education goals.

Program at a Glance

Degree: Early Childhood Education (AAS)

Certificates: Early Childhood Teacher, Group Leader, Director

Locations: Aspen, Breckenridge & Dillon, Buena Vista, Carbondale, Edwards, Glenwood Springs, Leadville, Rifle, Steamboat Springs, Online Learning.

Cost: $57/credit-hour (in-district), $373/credit-hour (out-of-state)
See tuition information below

What classes will I take?

See the full curriculum with class descriptions on the Colorado Mountain College online catalog.

icon_link.gif Early Childhood Education Curriculum (online catalog)

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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*** $107 $1,605
Out-of-State $373 $5,596

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 $103 $1,545
CMC Service Area $103 $1,545
Western States (WUE) $150.75 $1,586.25