Learning, Developmental and Family Sciences - Boulder Journey School Teacher Education Program Partnership


The University of Colorado Denver and Boulder Journey School have partnered to offer a master’s degree in Learning, Developmental, and Family Sciences, with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education. The Boulder Journey School Teacher Education Program includes a one-year paid teaching residency, a Colorado teaching license, director qualifications, and a trip to study in Reggio Emilia, Italy, all at a reduced tuition rate.

The Program at a Glance

School: School of Education & Human Development Campus: CU Denver Off campus Classroom: Online and on campus classes Recommended completion time: 1 year Credits required for completion: 36

The Details

In keeping with the philosophies of CU Denver and Boulder Journey School, your education will be on the cutting edge and will focus on cultivating the following professional qualities: professional character, reflective observation, creativity, resiliency and humility, communication and collaboration, courage, critical knowledge, curiosity, literacy of technology, and visionary leadership. In addition, this partnership program offers all courses as extended studies so that students do not need to meet Colorado residency requirements to receive reduced tuition rates and non-resident tuition rates are not applied.

"The Teacher Education Program at Boulder Journey School was a life-changing experience. I had the opportunity to bring theory into practice on a daily basis.” - former Boulder Journey School resident teacher


CU Denver and Boulder Journey School have partnered together to create a unique program of study, making a commitment to an innovative and contemporary program that takes into account the current complexities of the teaching field and what it means to be educating teachers. The plan of study includes twelve Reggio-inspired courses, that ensure the same values of the teaching and learning experiences that are at the foundation of learning of children and adults. Faculty at CU Denver and Boulder Journey School created design principles: social constructivism, experimentation and innovation, applied work, dissonance, contextual rigor, Reggio-inspired practice, and residency-embedded experience. These design principles reflect shared philosophical and pedagogical values amongst both institutions, that resulted in a cohesive MA program of study.

Fall Semester

  • ECED 6300: Contextual Curriculum 1
  • EDHD 6400: Observation, Documentation and Assessment
  • ECED 6320: Colorado Interpretations of the Reggio Approach
  • EDHD 6910: Practicum Reflections on Learning

Spring Semester

  • ECED 6310: Contextual Curriculum 2
  • ECED 6330: Supportive Social Learning 
  • EDHD 6410: Social Foundations of Family and Community 
  • RSEM 6500: Teacher as Researcher


  • ECED 6340: Messing About with STEM


  • ECED 6350: Literacy and the Hundred Languages of Children
  • ECED 6360: Children and Teachers as Change Agents
  • ECED 6420: The Environment as the Third Teacher


Course instructors consist of faculty from both CU Denver School of Education & Human Development and Boulder Journey School who match your passion for education. Engaged in education at the local, state, national and international levels, these professionals bring with them a wide breadth and depth of experience. Additionally, these professionals network and collaborate with local district leaders to ensure you are prepared for the current challenges that educators, schools and districts face.

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 an educator. We have a name that is recognized for preparing leaders of excellence. Additionally, CU Denver’s School of Education & 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.

Admissions Requirements

You must first apply to the Boulder Journey School Teacher Education Program through Boulder Journey School. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Once admitted into the Boulder Journey School Teacher Education Program, candidates will be invited to apply for the master’s program at CU Denver.

Interested in learning more? Join an information session. Both group and individual information sessions are offered.

Information Session Dates*:

  • Wednesday, January 15 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 5 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

*Opportunities to participate in these information sessions through zoom will be available.

For any further inquiries about the program, please visit this website and contact Jody Ogrodnick at (303) 443-8909 or jody.ogrodnick@boulderjourneyschool.com. If you have questions about CU Denver, please contact cpe@ucdenver.edu or (303) 315-5000.