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Early Childhood Director Certificate

My Academic Plan

Courses are displayed to show the fastest path to your certificate and should be completed in the order listed. If you are unable to complete all courses listed in a semester, complete as many courses in this sequence as your schedule allows. If you have questions or concerns about your MAP, please see your Pathways Advisor.

Program Description

This program is designed for students wanting to complete a one-year (two semester) Certificate in Early Childhood Director and enter the workforce. It prepares students for administrative and leadership roles in early childhood education. Students completing this certificate expand on foundational early childhood education knowledge, skills, and dispositions to develop administrative skills, ethical decision making, risk management, and human relations with staff, family, and community. This certificate meets coursework requirements for “Directors” as outlined in the Colorado Rules Regulating Child Care Centers. Experience hours in early childhood education settings are also required to meet state requirements. As part of this certificate, students will also earn the Early Childhood Assistant Teacher Certificate.

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First Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
ECE 101Introduction to Early Childhood Education

3

ECE 103Guidance Strategies for Young Children

3

ECE 238ECE Child Growth and Development

3

ECE 102Intro to ECE Techniques

3

ECE 220Curriculum Methods/Techniques

3

Total Credit Hours:15
Semester Note: Upon completion of ECE 101 and ECE 103, you should apply for the Early Childhood Assistant Teacher Certificate.

Second Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
ECE 111Infant and Toddler Theory and Practice

3

ECE 205ECE Nutrition, Health and Safety

3

ECE 240Admin of ECE Programs

3

ECE 241Admin: Human Relations ECE

3

ECE 260The Exceptional Child

3

Total Credit Hours:15

Total Credit Hours: 30

Important Program Notes:

This certificate can be completed entirely online or through a mixture of online and on-campus classes.