Undergraduate Program

Early Childhood Education Major

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS), in collaboration with the Center for Educator Preparation, provides a competitive-entry two-year Early Childhood Education (ECE) Major. The degree enables students to apply for Early Childhood teacher licensure and to become Director Qualified within the state of Colorado, and will thus qualify students to engage in a number of early childhood professions: teaching grades preschool-3 in public or private schools in Colorado, teaching in Head Start or other preschool or childcare programs, establishing a business as a family child care or center child care provider, or serving as director of a child care center. An understanding of human development and family studies provides a strong foundation for students desiring a license to teach young children between the ages of 0 and 8. Knowledge of lifespan developmental processes and family systems prepares future teachers to work in partnership with parents and grandparents in educating children.

Students can apply during their sophomore year to the major in Early Childhood Education. Students are encouraged to check the program of study as a small number of prerequisites are required prior to entry in the major. The admission process takes place once a year in the spring, with the admitted candidates starting in the fall. The ECE Major uses a cohort model, and admits a limited number of students, typically between 25-30, each year. Admitted students achieve both Early Childhood Education core learning outcomes, obtained through HDFS and Center for Educator Preparation courses, and all learning outcomes required by the Colorado Department of Education for Early Childhood Education licensure.

By declaring HDFS as their initial major, students will be best prepared to apply to the ECE Major. However, students in all majors can apply. Students interested in this major should carefully review the information available on the Teacher Licensure website and the Early Childhood Education Major Information document.

HDFS students requesting additional information about the ECE Major should meet with their HDFS advisor. Students not in the HDFS major can schedule an appointment with Jr McGrath or email him with questions. Click HERE for appointment scheduling and contact information for the academic advisors.

ECE Required Courses

Note: All of the HDFS and EDUC courses, plus PSY 460 require a C or better. The All University Core Curriculum (AUCC) requirements plus university credit and GPA requirements must also be met.

HDFS SELECTED COURSES:

Some of these courses also help to fulfill AUCC requirements.

  • HDFS 101 (3) INDIVIDUAL AND FAMILY DEVELOPMENT
  • PSY 100 (3) GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY
  • BZ 101, BZ 110, OR LIFE 102 (4) BIOLOGY
  • STAT 201, 301, or 311 (3) STATISTICS
  • CO 300 OR CO 301C (3) ADVANCED WRITING

TEACHING CONCENTRATION (CONTENT) COURSES:

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

  • HDFS 277 (1) PROFESSIONAL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT I
  • HDFS 350 (3) APPLIED RESEARCH METHODS
  • HDFS 492 (3) SEMINAR: PROGRAM PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT

LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT

  • HDFS 310 (3) INFANT AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT IN CONTEXT
  • HDFS 311 (3) ADOLESCENCE/EARLY ADULT DEVELOPMENT IN CONTEXT
  • HDFS 318 (3) INFANCY AND TODDLERHOOD

FAMILY STUDIES

  • HDFS 334 (3) FAMILY AND PARENTHOOD ACROSS THE LIFE CYCLE
  • HDFS 375 (3) LIFESPAN PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION SCIENCES
  • HDFS 434 (3) RISK AND RESILIENCE ACROSS THE LIFESPAN

CHILDHOOD EDUCATION COURSES:

  • HDFS 217 (3) CREATIVE EXPERIENCES FOR CHILDREN
  • HDFS 320 (3) COGNITIVE AND LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT
  • HDFS 410 (3) SOCIOEMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN CHILDHOOD
  • HDFS 445 (3) EARLY CHILDHOOD HEALTH, SAFETY, AND NUTRITION
  • HDFS 439 (3) ADMINISTRATION OF EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS
  • AND
  • HDFS 317 (3) SPECIAL NEEDS IN EARLY CHILDHOOD
  • OR
  • PSY 460 (3) CHILDHOOD EXCEPTIONALITY AND PSYCHOPATHOLOGY

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION COURSES:

  • EDUC 275 (3) SCHOOLING IN THE UNITED STATES
  • EDUC 331 (2) EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY AND ASSESSMENT
  • EDUC 340 (3) LITERACY AND THE LEARNER
  • EDUC 400 (3) DIAGNOSTIC TEACHING OF READING
  • EDUC 425 (4) EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION I
  • EDUC 436 (4) EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION II
  • EDUC 485C (12) STUDENT TEACHING
  • EDUC 493A (1) SEMINAR: PROFESSIONAL RELATIONS

You may view and print a complete ECE Curriculum Checksheet online.