Code: F_CER_LT

Campus: Boulder County Campus, Larimer Campus, Westminster Campus, and Online Learning

Early Childhood Education for Paraeducators

This certificate has been developed as a program for those currently employed or those seeking employment to work with developmentally delayed infants, toddlers, preschool, and school-age children in inclusive settings.

The coursework in this certificate provides students with the wide range of knowledge and skills including a solid foundation in the normal patterns of growth and development, various disabilities, giftedness, developmentally appropriate teaching techniques, and learning styles of children with developmental delays. These skills prepare paraprofessionals to be effective team members.


Required Courses

Course NumberTitleCredits
ECE 101Introduction to Early Childhood Education


ECE 102Introduction to Early Childhood Lab Techniques


ECE 103Guidance Strategies for Young Children


ECE 157Family Dynamics


ECE 161the Team Process


ECE 220ECE Curriculum Development: Methods and Techniques


ECE 236Child Growth/Development Laboratory


ECE 238ECE Child Growth and Development


ECE 260The Exceptional Child


Total Credit Hours: 21

Students enrolling in ECE 102 must pass a criminal background check before they are allowed to start their practicum hours with children. Contact your home campus ECE Program Director if you are enrolling in an on-campus section of a practicum course or the FRCC – ECE Online Lead if you are enrolling in an online section of a practicum course for information on how to complete the background check process.

Note: Students who place into CCR 093 or above may begin the coursework for this certificate. Students scoring below this level should consult with a Faculty Member before registering for courses in this program of study.

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