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Early Childhood Education

A teacher leads a painting activity in a preschool.

"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

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A preschool teach shows a page in a children's story.
Early childhood teacher leads a preschool activity.
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 requirements for Early Childhood Teacher 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.

The Early Childhood Education Program at CMC offers 4 Certificates and 2 Degrees:

Certificates: Early Childhood Teacher, Group Leader, Director, and Developmental Interventionist Assistant.  The first 3 certificates all build upon one another.

Degrees:

  • Associate of Arts Early Childhood Education
  • Associate of Applied Science Early Childhood Education

Please see an advisor to help you choose the most appropriate certificate or degree for you!

The AAS 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).

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, AA)

Certificates: Early Childhood Teacher, Group Leader, Director, Developmental Interventionist Assistant

COST PER CREDIT: $62 In-district
$127 In-state
$429 Out-of-state


Questions? 800-621-8559


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Kenia Reyna
photo - Kenia Reyna

Amazing, Understanding Teachers

“I think that CMC is a great school. The classes are affordable and the teachers that I’ve had are amazing and understanding. Classes at CMC have helped me so much with how I teach kids: I want these kids to have an amazing experience during their first years of learning, to have confidence in their work and most importantly, in themselves.”

Kenia Reyna earned Early Childhood Education Director and Group Leader certifications from CMC and is currently working on her associate degree in Early Childhood Education.