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There may be nothing more rewarding than seeing a small child light up after learning something new.

And there may be nothing more important than to help guide society’s youngest and most vulnerable people toward taking their first intellectual steps.

As an MSU Denver Early Childhood Education major, you will learn to care for, teach and work with children, birth through age eight. Learning in small classes taught by professors with Early Childhood classroom experience, you will develop a strong foundation in child development and learning, assessment, curriculum design and other critical topics. You will also spend plenty of time observing and teaching in real classrooms. Because MSU Denver stresses real-world learning, your Early Childhood Education program will offer considerably more field experience than the state requires.

As an Early Childhood Education major, you can choose from two concentrations, one that leads to licensure and one that does not.

Select the licensure option if you want to become Colorado Department of Education-licensed teacher of young children. Opt for the non-licensure choice if you want to become an Early Childhood teacher, director or coach in centers and agencies that require Colorado Department of Human Services credentials but not licensure; an early childhood professional, such as an advocate or policy expert, or want to pursue graduate studies in Early Childhood Education or related field.

Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver

As part of the Fulbright Group Projects Abroad program, six pre-service licensure students spent a month abroad in Turkey and Morocco recently. The Fulbright Group Projects Abroad offers grants to support overseas projects in training, research and curriculum development.

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Career Opportunities for Our Graduates

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Many MSU Denver Elementary Education students graduate to become public school teachers at the level of pre-kindergarten through third grade. Others go to work in childcare centers, government agencies or pursue graduate studies.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the median pay for preschool teachers in 2016 was $28,790/year and for elementary school teachers was $55,490/year.


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Assistant Professor Rosemarie Allen’s research focuses on addressing the disproportionate number of children of color expelled and suspended from early childhood programs through culturally responsive teaching. She was appointed as a Global Leader for Early Childhood in 2009 and represents the United States at world forums across the globe, served as director of the Colorado Department of Human Services, Division of Child Care and currently serves on the National Pyramid Model Consortium team.



Learn more about Early Childhood Education faculty.

Alumni at Work

MSU Denver Early Childhood Education graduates have gone to work at the following schools, among others:

  • Smith Renaissance School, Denver, Colo.
  • Sewell Child Development Center, Denver, Colo.
  • Sable Elementary School, Aurora, Colo.
  • Highline Academy Charter School, Denver, Colo.
  • Elizabeth’s School, Denver, Colo.
  • Thimming Elementary School, Henderson, Colo.
  • Wilmore Davis Elementary, Wheat Ridge, Colo.

Sample Classes

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Your MSU Denver Early Childhood Education curriculum aligns with standards established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Department of Human Services to ensure your success working with children in inclusive classrooms and diverse settings.

These are some Early Childhood courses you might take:

  • Creativity and Expressive Arts for the Young Child
  • Teaching for Social Justice
  • Early Literacy Development: Birth to Age 5
  • Teaching with Children’s Literature
  • Working with Families and Communities
  • The Young Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learner

Learn more about Early Childhood Education courses.

Facilities and Resources

MSU Denver’s urban campus is located in the heart of the city, offering easy access to field experiences and student teaching placements in metro Denver’s diverse school districts.

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