School of Education and Human Development
If working with young children, families and communities during a critically important stage of development is a passion of yours, the University of Colorado Denver’s online Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education (ECE) — with the option of an Early Childhood Special Education Specialist licensure or endorsement — can take you to the next level, no matter where you are now. We prepare highly competent professionals who are leaders and advocates known for embracing the whole child in inclusive, culturally and linguistically diverse settings.
Our highly ranked, flexible, cohort-based hybrid and online ECE program of study features personalized support and reaches you where you are — throughout Colorado and around the world — with admission every semester. We encourage you to apply at least four months prior to the start of the semester for which you are seeking admission, or as early as possible. We strive to provide rolling decisions and will communicate admissions decisions within two weeks of submitting a complete application.
The online MA program of study has three concentrations available including Administration and Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion, and Teaching and Learning. You
CU Denver’s School of Education & Human Development faculty members emphasize inclusive, family-centered practices, culturally sustaining teaching and a curriculum that is inspired by the potential of all children and families. The online program
is taught by
The School of Education & Human Development is regularly ranked as a top graduate school and “best online” experiences by U.S. News & World Report. Your “high-tech and high-touch” experience in this program
Our graduates are known for thriving in inclusive, culturally and linguistically diverse ECE settings. We prepare highly competent teachers, leaders and advocates with the knowledge and skills to identify strengths and meet the needs of all children and
their families. You will be taught by the same incredible faculty who teach in our
You will learn about administration and leadership, diversity and inclusion, pedagogy, teaching and learning, and leadership possibilities within this field. We
CU Denver is committed to increasing the number of highly qualified and well-compensated early professionals in the field. We offer ECE scholarships and vast learning and development opportunities to support early childhood teachers and leaders. Our graduates work in a number of settings, including as lead teachers, center directors, mentor teachers, educational coordinators, early childhood special educators, early childhood professional development coordinators and coaches, resource and referral staff members, home visitors, and community college instructors.
Our commitment to early childhood professionals compels us to participate in efforts to elevate the
Whether you live in the Denver metropolitan area or outside of Denver, you
*To get this rate, students must submit an Out-of-State online only application
Investing in your future is a big decision. However, becoming a fully online student at CU Denver is an affordable option with discounted tuition rates for non resident, fully online students. And of course, you will save money not having to drive to campus!
Tuition and fees are based largely on the class that you enroll in. Tuition amount assessed is determined based on which school/college is offering your class, as well as if it is an undergrad or graduate level, and finally your resident status. Visit our tuition and financial aid page.
Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.
The vast majority of our students are professionals who are working full-time in an early childhood education setting. Because of this, most of our students are taking their courses part-time. Depending on your plan of study, your required credit hours will range from 30 to 42.
The next online cohort will begin in Fall 2020 and every fall semester thereafter. We recommend that you submit your application by July 1st. We strive to provide rolling decisions and will communicate admissions decisions within two weeks of submitting a complete application. We encourage you to submit your application as early as possible.
Learn more about the admissions process by filling out the form above or contacting an Enrollment Navigator today.
As part of this program, you will complete all required courses, performance based assessments, fieldwork, practicum, and/or capstone. Program plans range from 30 to 42 credit hours. Students can complete the program in two to three years maximum.
Below are sample courses from program plans. This is not a complete list, and your coursework will be determined by your specific plan of study. You will concentrate in Administration and Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion or Teaching and Learning, or complete requirements for an initial licensure or added endorsement in Early Childhood Special Education. Advisement around your specific plan of study begins at admission.
ECED 5010 — Curriculum in Early Childhood Education
ECED 5080 — Language and Literacy in Young Children