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.

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

Program Requirements

Advisors at Colorado Mountain College will help guide you to the program which will help you meet your teaching or administration goals

You must demonstrate college-level reading, writing, and mathematics skills as a part of acceptance into this program. Your proficiency may affect the sequence of courses in which you can enroll and may also extend the time required to complete this program.

This program has certain physical and academic standards (pdf) which you will be required to meet before you are admitted to the program. Students accepted into the college's vocational programs must be physically, mentally, and emotionally self-supportive with reasonable accommodations. If there is a concern about meeting the physical and academic standard, students need to contact the Disability Services Coordinator who will determine the student's ability to participate in this program.

The Early Childhood Certificates enable students to meet the educational qualifications for Group Leader or Director as defined by the Department of Human Services of the State of Colorado.

See the Gainful Employment Disclosure: Early Childhood Education Director