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

School of Education & Human Development


Degree: BA License

Classroom Type: Online and on campus classes

Prepares future teachers to work in inclusive and diverse early learning environments with infants through age eight. Graduates attain practices that embrace the whole child. This is done within diverse early childhood education settings, emphasizing family-centered practices.

Application​ deadlines

Rolling decision

Program Details

Interest Categories: Education & Counseling

Campus: CU Denver Online

The Bachelor of Arts in Education and Human Development, Early Childhood Education (License) leads to Colorado teacher licensure. The program prepares competent early childhood education professionals.

Students join a top education school with collaborative teams of dedicated teachers and award-winning faculty. The program is also ranked as a top school according to U.S. News and World Report.

The program prepares competent teachers, leaders, and advocates with the knowledge and skills to identify strengths and meet the needs of all children and their families. Students learn about young children’s thinking, culturally responsive education, supporting English language and learners, and technology.Students in the program will:

  • Study how to thrive in inclusive, culturally and linguistically diverse ECE settings while engaging Colorado’s rapidly diversifying student and family population.
  • Gain knowledge from nationally and internationally recognized faculty members
  • Fulfill all the requirements for the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) license to teach children, birth through age eight, and the Colorado Department of Human Services director qualification requirements to manage and direct early childhood public and private programs.
  • Participate in well-supported residency field experiences that prepare them to be responsive and innovative early childhood educators.

Graduates are ready to lead and make a difference in ECE classrooms of any kind.

The program offer generous ECE scholarships. It also offers vast learning and development opportunities.

ECE Educator Scholarships

ECE Educator Scholarships, administered by the Colorado Department of Higher Education in collaboration with Colorado Department of Early Childhood, are designed for early childhood education students living in Colorado who are pursuing dedicated coursework, certificates and degrees up to a master’s degree. Awards vary dependent upon credit hours of enrollment and program. All eligible students receive some funding. Learn more at

Choose CU Denver's School of Education & Human Development

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

Why the Bachelor of Arts in Education and Human Development, Early Childhood Education (License) program at CU Denver?


Personalized Support for Every Student

This flexible program accepts students every term (fall, spring, summer). It also features personalized support for every student.


CU Denver is committed to putting highly qualified and well-compensated early childhood professionals in the field.

Transfer Friendly Program

Ask admissions about the program’s ever-growing transfer partnerships with community colleges.

Field experiences

Students gain fieldwork and experiences that prepare them to be responsive and innovative early childhood educators. Graduates practice within settings that include culturally and linguistically diverse learners and children with delays and/or disabilities.

Sample Courses

  • CLDE 2000 - CLDE Foundations 3 credits
  • EDFN 4010 - Social Foundations and Cultural Diversity in Urban Education 3 credits
  • LCRT 4710 - Primary Literacy for Diverse Learners: Pre K-3rd Grade 3 credits
  • ECED 2000 - Early Childhood Education as a Profession 3 credits
Course Catalog

Recommended Completion Time:4 years

Required Credits for Completion:126

Admission Requirements

Our program seeks individuals who wish to teach as a career. We accept  applications from incoming first-year students, current students at CU Denver, students transferring from community colleges or four-year institutions, individuals who are working as paraprofessionals, assistant teachers or developmental intervention assistants.

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

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

Application Support

Our friends at TEACH Colorado have free tools and resources to make applying to our program—and becoming a classroom teacher—easier! Create an account today and immediately access:

  • An interactive application checklist to keep you on track.
  • $100 fee reimbursement towards application and testing expenses.
  • 1-on-1 expert advice for any question along the way.
  • How-to guides for eligibility, applications, testing and finances.
  • A chance to win a $1,000 scholarship toward tuition.

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For more information, please contact:

School of Education & Human Development
Office of Recruitment and Outreach

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