Is working with young children, families and communities during this critically important stage of development a passion of yours? If so, CU Denver’s Early Childhood Education program can take you to the next level no matter where you are now. We prepare highly competent professionals who are leaders and advocates known for embracing the whole child in inclusive, culturally and linguistically diverse settings.

Courses are filled with real-world assignments and experiences that prepare our graduates to be responsive and innovative early childhood educators who practice within settings that include all children (infancy through age eight) and families.

Our program emphasizes family-centered practices, culturally sustaining teaching and is inspired by the potential of all children and families.
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Online Program

Our flexible online MA in Early Childhood Education accepts students every term (fall, spring, summer) and features personalized support for every student. As innovators of digital teaching and learning, our online programs are highly ranked and in great demand.

Our Commitment

CU Denver is committed to putting highly qualified and well-compensated early childhood professionals in the field.

Scholarships

CU Denver offers scholarships and vast learning and development opportunities to support early childhood teachers and leaders.

There are more paths into inclusive, culturally and linguistically diverse, early childhood education than ever before and CU Denver can help you find yours.

Doctor of Education in Leadership for Educational Equity, Early Childhood Education

Degree Earned: EdD Campus: CU Denver Designed to prepare highly competent professionals to become leaders and advocates for all children and their families from an equity and inclusive excellence perspective. Graduates lead system and policy development in inclusive, culturally, and linguistically diverse child care, school, and community settings for children birth to age eight, their families, and their educators.

Doctor of Philosophy in Education and Human Development, Early Childhood Policy

Degree Earned: PhD Campus: CU Denver Online Prepares candidates to be leaders, policymakers, policy advisors and analysts, faculty members, and researchers who successfully shape, direct, implement, and evaluate early childhood services, infrastructure, and policy and contribute to the scholarly knowledge that undergirds the discipline. Graduates will enter a growing and dynamic field with burgeoning research about the critical years in children's brain development, learning, and health. This concentration holds institutional and system reform as its unit of change and equity in opportunity and outcomes as the purpose for change.