Early Childhood Education Bachelor of Science
Department of Human Development and Family Studies
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OVERVIEW OF MAJOR
Are you curious about the way human beings grow and develop? Have you ever wondered how environmental and social factors affect physical, cognitive, and emotional development? Have you ever thought about a career teaching kids in grades preschool-3 or directing a childcare center? If your answer to any of these questions is “yes” then a major in Early Childhood Education may be for you.

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS), in collaboration with the Center for Educator Preparation, provides a competitive-entry Early Childhood Education (ECE) major. The degree enables students to apply for Early Childhood teacher licensure and to become Director Qualified within the state of Colorado.

The ECE major includes a mix of classes about human development, teaching, and family studies. Additionally, 12 credits are devoted to student teaching. Knowledge of lifespan developmental processes and family systems prepares future teachers to work in partnership with parents and grandparents in educating children.

Annually, approximately 25-30 applicants are admitted as a cohort to the licensure program. Requirements for the application process are outlined here: http://www.hdfs.chhs.colostate.edu/students/undergraduate/ece-major.aspx .

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CHARACTERISTICS AND SKILLS
* Interest in working with children ages 0-8 and their families
* Capacity to understand emotional and physical needs of others
* Interest in the empirical research related to human development and family studies
* Ability to inspire respect, trust and confidence
* Dependable and patient
* Strong written and oral communication skills
* Organized and creative

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POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS
ECE graduates are prepared to work in a variety of human service settings including youth services, early childhood organizations, and elementary schools.

Additionally, students are well prepared to pursue an advanced degree in the behavioral and social sciences, or other professional programs. Career occupations include but are not limited to:
* Teacher for grades preschool-3 in public or private schools in Colorado
* Teacher for Head Start or other preschool or childcare programs
* Entrepreneur
* Director of child care center

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RELATED STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
* HDFS Student Outreach and Undergraduate Leadership (SOUL)
* Campus Connections
* Health and Human Sciences College Council

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