Education: Early Childhood Education Entry-Level Teacher (Technical Certificate)

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Award: Technical Certificate
Program of Study:  Early Childhood Education Entry-Level Teacher
Program Code: 1194

About This Program . . .

The Early Childhood Education program is designed to prepare students to work with young children (birth to age eight) in a variety of settings. This certificate is designed for students wishing to work as lead teachers in a childcare classroom.  Students who wish to work in licensed early childhood care and education programs may complete the sequence of courses for Early Childhood Education Entry-Level Teacher and  then continue on to earn an Associate of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education. The Early Childhood Education Entry-Level Teacher certificate enables students to meet the educational qualifications established by the Colorado Department of Human Services.

For more information on what you can do with this major, visit WCCC's Programs of Study page.

All CMU/WCCC technical certificate graduates are expected to demonstrate proficiency in communication fluency, quantitative fluency, specialized knowledge/applied learning, and critical thinking. In addition to these campus‐wide student learning outcomes, graduates of this major will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate effective written communication skills. (Communication Fluency)
  2. Demonstrate effective written verbal skills (Communication Fluency)
  3. Utilize mathematical skills required to assist the classroom teacher with instruction of young children (Quantitative Fluency)
  4. Evaluate current professional resources relating to several different domains of early childhood education. (Critical Thinking)
  5. Explain the impact of the Colorado Department of Child Care Rules and Regulations on children and families. (Specialized Knowledge)
  6. Apply the National Association for the Education of Young Children principles and practices in interactions with young children, families and other professionals. (Applied Learning)

Each section below contains details about the requirements for this program. Select a header to expand the information/requirements for that particular section of the program's requirements. 

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Institutional Certificate Requirements

The following institutional requirements apply to all CMU or WCCC Technical Certificates. Specific programs may have different requirements that must be met in addition to institutional requirements.

  • Consists of 5-59 semester hours.
  • Consists of 100-200 level courses.
  • At least fifty percent of the credit hours must be taken at CMU/WCCC.
  • 2.00 cumulative GPA or higher in all CMU/WCCC coursework.
  • A grade lower than “C” will not be counted toward meeting the requirements.
  • A course may only be used to fulfill one requirement for each degree/certificate.
  • Non-traditional credit, such as advanced placement, credit by examination, credit for prior learning, cooperative education and internships, cannot exceed twenty-five percent of the semester credit hours required for a technical certificate.
  • Pre-collegiate courses (usually numbered below 100) cannot be used for graduation.
  • Capstone exit assessment/projects (e.g., Major Field Achievement Test) requirements are identified under Program-Specific Certificate Requirements.
  • The Catalog Year determines which program sheet and certificate requirements a student must fulfill in order to graduate. Visit with your advisor or academic department to determine which catalog year and program requirements you should follow.
  • See “Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees and Certificates” in the catalog for a complete list of graduation requirements.

Program Specific Certificate Requirements

(9 semester hours, must maintain a 2.00 cumulative GPA or higher in all coursework.)

Required Courses
EDEC 101Introduction to Early Childhood3
Select one of the following:3
Guidance Strategies
Infant and Toddler Theory and Practice
Early Childhood Development 0-8 Years
Curriculum and Development: Early Childhood
Exceptionalities in Early Education
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Early Childhood Professions Lab Experiences
Introduction to Infant/Toddler Lab Techniques
Early Childhood Administration: Human Relations
Working with Parents, Families, and Community Systems
Student Teaching in Early Education
Total Semester Credit Hours9
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterSemester Credit Hours
EDEC 101 Introduction to Early Childhood 3
Select one of the following: 3
Guidance Strategies  
Infant and Toddler Theory and Practice  
Early Childhood Development 0-8 Years  
Curriculum and Development: Early Childhood  
Exceptionalities in Early Education  
 Semester Credit Hours6
Spring Semester
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Early Childhood Professions Lab Experiences  
Introduction to Infant/Toddler Lab Techniques  
Early Childhood Administration: Human Relations  
Working with Parents, Families, and Community Systems  
Student Teaching in Early Education  
 Semester Credit Hours3
 Total Semester Credit Hours9

Advising Process and DegreeWorks

Documentation on the pages related to this program is intended for informational purposes to help determine what courses and associated requirements are needed to earn a certificate. Some courses are critical to complete in specific semesters while others may be moved around. Meeting with an academic advisor is essential in planning courses and discussing the suggested course sequencing. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to understand and fulfill the requirements for her/his intended certificate.

DegreeWorks is an online degree audit tool available in MAVzone. It is the official record used by the Registrar’s Office to evaluate progress towards a certificate and determine eligibility for graduation. Students are responsible for reviewing their DegreeWorks audit on a regular basis and should discuss questions or concerns with their advisor or academic department head. Discrepancies in requirements should be reported to the Registrar’s Office.

Graduation Process

Students must complete the following in the first two months of the semester prior to completing their certificate requirements (for one-semester certificates, complete in the first week of class):

  • Review their DegreeWorks audit and create a plan that outlines how unmet requirements will be met in the final semester.
  • Meet with their advisor and modify their plan as needed. The advisor must approve the final plan.
  • Submit the “Intent to Graduate” form to the Registrar’s Office to officially declare the intended graduation date and commencement ceremony plans.
  • Register for all needed courses and complete all requirements for each degree sought.

Submission deadlines and commencement details can be found at http://www.coloradomesa.edu/registrar/graduation.html.

If a student’s petition for graduation is denied, it will be her/his responsibility to consult the Registrar’s Office regarding next steps.