For 20 years, Boulder Journey School and CU Denver’s School of Education and Human Development have partnered to offer a residency teacher preparation program that leads to birth-to-age 8 licensure and an MA. Now in a new online MA, you have the same opportunity to study high quality, multi-media examples of classroom learning and teaching from Boulder Journey School and the schools for young children in Reggio Emilia, Italy, engage in collaborative examination of documentation, develop your own interpretations, and experiment with new practices to innovate the field of Early Childhood Education. You also have an opportunity to begin with a course that articulates into either program of study. All three pathways are below.


Environment as the Third Teacher

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to basic concepts and findings relevant to theory and research in the Learning Sciences, with specific focus on how these concepts and findings apply to the design of learning environments across settings.

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Residency MA in Early Childhood Education

A residency MA in Early Childhood Education with birth to age 8 Colorado licensure through the Boulder Journey School Teacher Education Program.

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Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education Pedagogy

Provides Reggio-inspired experiential learning in ECE pedagogy to complement students’ current competencies and experiences. Courses can articulate into CU Denver and Boulder Journey School’s MA in Innovative ECE.

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Online MA in Innovative Early Childhood Education

An online MA in Early Childhood Education to study innovation in education for children birth to age 8 at Boulder Journey School and the schools for young children in Reggio Emilia, Italy.