Bachelor of Arts in Education and Human Development, Early Childhood Education (License)

BA License

Prepares future teachers to work in inclusive and diverse early learning environments with young children (infancy through age eight). Graduates attain practices that embrace the whole child in culturally and linguistically diverse public school or community-based early childhood education settings, emphasizing family-centered practices.

The Program at a Glance

School: School of Education & Human Development Campus: CU Denver Online Classroom: Online and on campus classes Recommended completion time: 4 years Credits required for completion: 126 Application deadline: Rolling decision

The Details

What you'll learn

Are you passionate about working with young children, infants through 8 years old, and their families and communities during this critically time in a human’s life? If so, the University of Colorado Denver’s four-year, 126-credit hour undergraduate Early Childhood Education program which leads to Colorado teacher licensure might be the right program for you. We prepare highly competent early childhood education professionals who are known for embracing the whole child in inclusive, culturally and linguistically diverse public school or community-based early childhood education settings. With this licensure, you will be eligible to teach in pre-K through grade three classrooms in the public schools or in infants through five year old community child care programs. Our program emphasizes family-centered practices, culturally sustaining teaching and is inspired by the potential of all children and families.

Some of students enter our BA program as freshman; others bring an associate degree from a community college which can articulate into our BA. Still others will bring professional development experiences that can sometimes be assessed for credit. Our experienced advisors can help figure out the right pathway for you.

At the University of Colorado Denver, you’ll learn from nationally and internationally recognized faculty members who emphasize inclusive, responsive practices and a curriculum that is inspired by the potential of all children and families. The school’s Dean, Rebecca Kantor, is a nationally recognized expert in the field who prioritizes excellent instruction, a solid commitment to full inclusion in the classroom and innovation including the practices of the globally recognized schools in Reggio Emilia, Italy. We are ranked as a top school according to U.S. News and World Report. Our graduates are known for thriving in inclusive, culturally and linguistically diverse ECE settings while engaging Colorado’s rapidly diversifying student and family population. We prepare highly competent teachers, leaders and advocates with the knowledge and skills to identify strengths and meet the needs of all children and their families. You’ll learn about young children’s thinking, culturally responsive education, supporting English language and learners and technology.

Students in the licensure program fulfill all the requirements for the Colorado department of education (CDE) license to teach children, birth through age eight, and the Colorado Human Services director qualification requirements to manage and direct early childhood public and private programs. The program emphasizes fieldwork and experiences that prepare our graduates to be responsive and innovative early childhood educators who practice within settings that include children with delays and/or disabilities.

CU Denver is committed to increasing the number of highly qualified and well-compensated early professionals in the field. We offer ECE scholarships and vast learning and development opportunities to support early childhood teachers and leaders. Our graduates work in a number of settings and in many roles including center directors, mentor teachers, educational coordinators, early childhood special educators, early childhood professional development coordinators and coaches, resource and referral staff members, home visitors and community college instructors.

You may be starting college for the first time, transferring from another institution, or returning to the university setting after years away. Regardless, you’ll join a top education school with collaborative teams of dedicated teachers and award-winning faculty who will prepare you for success in any classroom anywhere.

Many schools can promise a teacher residency, with experiential learning under a teacher mentor. Few can deliver one as well supported and prepared as ours. For more than 25 years, we have been working closely with area schools to create a proven residency program that supports your development as you work with teams of dedicated practicing teachers, teacher leaders and university faculty in the school. Further, because of our urban and rural locations and emphasis on teaching in diverse contexts, our graduates are ready to lead and make a difference in any Special Education classroom, in any district.

Choose CU Denver's School of Education & Human Development

The School of Education & Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver attracts students who are passionate about careers in teaching. We match their passion with an education that is rooted in diversity, technology, proven approaches and real-world practice. That’s why our graduates are prepared to make immediate and life-long impacts on people, communities and the world.


To earn this 126 credit hour BA in Education and Human Development with a teacher license in Early Childhood Education, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the three areas below. Students should declare their intent to pursue Early Childhood Education with their academic advisor as early as possible to avoid taking classes that do not count toward the degree or licensure.

Teacher Residency Models

Admissions Requirements

Our program seeks individuals who wish to work with diverse people in fields such as health care, education and helping professions, which are areas of employment where you work directly with individuals, families, schools and communities, potentially in diverse or underserved contexts. Many of our graduates pursue further education by enrolling in law school or master’s programs in areas such as family science, counseling, social work, school counseling, family therapy, school psychology and student affairs in higher education and other fields.

This program has rolling admissions, applications close per semester as follows:

  • Spring: Dec. 31
  • Summer: May 31
  • Fall: July 31

Undergraduate Admissions is managed through the University Admissions Office. For more information email or call 303-315-2601