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.

MA in Early Childhood Education with Early Childhood Special Education Specialist License

Degree Earned: License MA Campus: CU Denver Online CU Denver’s MA in Early Childhood Education with an optional Early Childhood Special Education Specialist license prepares individuals who wish to support early childhood special education teachers or teach young children with developmental disabilities while partnering with their families and communities. This program is offered on-campus, hybrid or fully online (hyperlink to ECE MA info on CU Online website which also includes the ECSE Specialist license option.) If you are interested in teaching infants, toddlers and students in the early grades in elementary school, this is the program for you.

MA in Early Childhood Education with an Early Childhood Special Education Specialist Endorsement

Degree Earned: Endorsement MA Campus: CU Denver Online CU Denver’s MA in Early Childhood Education with an Early Childhood Special Education Specialist endorsement prepares early childhood educators to meet the unique educational needs of young children with and without developmental disabilities in the Special Education Specialist role. This pathway prepares you to lead classrooms as a teacher or to support classroom teachers from within a specialist role.

Early Childhood Education

Degree Earned: MA Campus: CU Denver Online If you have a passion for working with young children, families and communities during the critically important stage of early childhood, CU Denver’s MA in Early Childhood Education is the perfect program for you! It is offered on-campus, hybrid or fully online. This program emphasizes inclusive, family-centered practices, culturally sustaining teaching and a curriculum that is inspired by the potential of all children and families. We prepare highly competent professionals who are leaders and advocates known for embracing the whole child in inclusive, culturally and linguistically diverse settings

Early Childhood Special Education Specialist

Degree Earned: License Campus: CU Denver Online ​Early childhood special education specialists are in high demand in Colorado and nationally. Prepared to teach children with disabilities as well as provide support for general ed teachers leading inclusive classrooms, ECE/SE licensed educators play an important role in the movement to include children with disabilities. CU Denver's online Early Childhood Special Education Specialist license is a perfect fit for those interested in providing culturally responsive, family-centered, developmentally effective early education in an inclusive setting.

Early Childhood Special Education Specialist

Degree Earned: Endorsement Campus: CU Denver Online CU Denver’s Early Childhood Special Education Specialist endorsement is designed for licensed teachers with early childhood, elementary or special education teaching licenses. Designed to advance and deepen your expertise in educating young children with special needs and supporting their families, the endorsement may be completed on-campus, in a hybrid format or fully-online (hyperlink to CU Online website.) It is fully accredited by the Colorado Department of Education and the Council for Exceptional Children. With this endorsement, you can lead classrooms or support classroom teaches in a specialist role.