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Early Childhood Education, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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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.

In the Denver Early Childhood Education program offered by the Metropolitan State University of Denver, 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.

Career prospects

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

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

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.6

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.6 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • You must submit the online application, the $25 application fee and all required documentation by the application deadline for the semester you want to enroll.
  • An official secondary (high school) transcript or its equivalent showing your graduation date, sent directly from your high school, if possible. Unless the document is issued in English, both the original language and a certified English translation are required.
  • Request your standardized test scores (ACT or SAT).
  • Optional: Submit a personal statement and/or letters of recommendation.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    809 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 809 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    345 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 345 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Denver

  • 1310 - 2220 USD/month
    Living Costs

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