Leadership for Educational Organizations - Early Childhood Education


Your career will make a lifetime of difference for students of all backgrounds. Become a trusted leader in Early Childhood Education with a focus on diversity and social justice.

The Program at a Glance

School: School of Education & Human Development Campus: CU Denver Online Classroom: Online and on campus classes Recommended completion time: 2 to 3 years Credits required for completion: 30 Application deadline: Rolling decision

The Details

What you'll learn

You have a passion for ensuring that the youngest learners succeed, and now you’re ready to become a leader in the field of early childhood education. CU Denver’s Master of Arts in Leadership for Educational Organizations in Early Childhood Education is a specialized program for alumni of the Buell Early Childhood Leadership Certificate. This degree will take your knowledge and education even further; developing you into a leader who can address the challenges of early childhood and advocate for all children and families. With a focus on diversity and social justice, you will learn to empower underserved populations and create opportunities where they are most needed. The early years are the foundation for a lifetime of learning. Become a leader who can make a positive impact on children that will last for a lifetime. Is this only for Buell grads?

This program will prepare you to:

  • Understand development of young children and how they learn best.
  • Maximize family involvement and understand its effects on learning.
  • Follow best practices based on the history, trends and evolution of early childhood education and the latest research.
  • Create equity and give voice to students and families that need it most; providing the best educational experience possible.

Choose CU Denver’s School of Education & Human Development

You can trust CU Denver to provide an education that will prepare you for excellence in your career as a teacher librarian. We have a name that is recognized for preparing leaders of excellence who value equal opportunities in education. Additionally, CU Denver’s School of Education and Human Development is counted among U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools,” making us one of the top education schools in the country.


The Buell Early Childhood Leadership Program (BECLP) Alumni from CU Denver, can utilize 15 of the 18 semester hours of the completed BECLP courses (ECED courses 5000-level or higher) toward the Early Childhood Education concentration. To utilize the coursework toward the MA, the ECED courses need be posted on the CU Denver transcript with minimum grades of B- or higher (and the MA requires a cumulative GPA of 3.0).

Admissions Requirements

Application Deadlines

The following deadlines are firm, early submissions are encouraged.

Fall Semester: June 1

Spring Semester: November 1

Summer Semester: April 1

Application Requirements

  • 3 recommendation letters
  • Official Transcripts from all institutions attended
  • If applying for an endorsement, proof of teaching license or special services license is required
  • Resume/CV
  • Written Statement: Describe your interest in the program, your special strengths, and the goals you hope to achieve through your work in the program
  • $50.00 application fee
  • International Applicants only: Proof of English Language Proficiency (International applicants should review the following information regarding English language proficiency)
  • Admissions Interview: An interview may be required as part of the admissions process. If so, applicants will be contacted with more details.

For more information, email education@ucdenver.edu or call 303-315-6300.

Additional Requirements

The LEOS program seeks students who possess:

  • High intellectual ability
  • Strong academic backgrounds
  • Clear leadership potential or