Early Childhood Assistant Teacher Certificate

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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 Academic Advisor.

Program Description

This program is designed for students wanting to complete a one semester Certificate in Early Childhood Assistant Teacher and enter the workforce. It provides an introduction to early childhood education as a profession. Coursework meets the requirements for “Early Childhood Assistant Teacher” as outlined in the Colorado Rules Regulating Child Care Centers. This certificate also meets the coursework requirements for “Early Childhood Teacher” for those individuals with 3,185 hours of verifiable satisfactory work experience as outlined in the Colorado Rules Regulating Child Care Center.

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First Semester

ECE 1011 or ECE 1011 en español Introduction to Early Childhood Education (ECE 1011) or Introducción a la Educación Infantil Temprana (ECE 1011 en español)


ECE 1031 or ECE 1031 en español Guidance Strategies for Young Children (ECE 1031) or Estrategias de orientación para niños pequeños (ECE 1031 en español)


Total Credit Hours:6

Total Credit Hours: 6

Important Program Notes:

Many positions in Colorado early childhood programs require employees to meet, at minimum, the Colorado Department of Early Childhood requirements for Early Childhood Teacher (ECT). ECT and Director qualified requirements include a combination of verifiable experience and post-secondary education. This certificate is designed for students who already have verifiable experience in early childhood education or a bachelor’s degree in a non-education discipline. This certificate may be earned by students who do not meet the aforementioned criteria with the understanding that it might not qualify them to work in the field. Please contact the Colorado Department of Early Childhood to determine which requirements you need. 

Colorado Department of Early Childhood