• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
In collaboration with the Center for Educator Preparation (CEP) within the School of Education (SOE), the Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) provides a competitive-entry Major in Early Childhood Education from Colorado State University requiring an application in the sophomore year for possible admission in the junior year. 
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The degree enables students to apply for Early Childhood teacher licensure and Director Qualification in the state of Colorado, and qualifies students to engage in a number of early childhood professions including teaching grades P-3 in public or private schools in Colorado, teaching in Head Start or other preschool or childcare programs, establishing a business as a family or center care provider, or serving as director of a childcare center. 

An understanding of human development and family studies provides a strong foundation for students desiring a license to teach young children between the ages of 0 and 8. Knowledge of lifespan developmental processes and family systems prepares future teachers to work in partnership with parents and grandparents in educating children. Students aspiring to work with children between the ages of 0 and 8 can apply during their sophomore year to the major in Early Childhood Education . If accepted, students take courses in HDFS and SOE as a part of their degree requirements.

Students are encouraged to check the program of study as some prerequisites are required before entry into the major. The Early Childhood Education major uses a cohort model, and admits a limited number of students, typically between 25-30, each year. 

The admission process takes place once a year in the spring, with the admitted candidates starting in the fall. Students in the Major in Early Childhood Education from Colorado State University  achieve both Early Childhood Education core learning outcomes, obtained through HDFS and SOE courses, and all learning outcomes required by the Colorado Department of Education for Early Childhood Education licensure.

Students will demonstrate:

  • Content knowledge and understanding of theory, research, and practice relevant to optimizing the development, health, and well-being of children and families in the context of the larger social environment.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills appropriate for early childhood educators interfacing with colleagues, children, and parents/guardians.
  • The ability to access, critically evaluate, and apply multiple forms of information related to children and families.
  • Professional and leadership skills with individuals and families, including ethical and culturally sensitive conduct.
  • Knowledge and skill in teaching and assessing literacy, mathematics, social studies, science, music, art, and physical education in early childhood.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:


  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Humans and Other Animals
  • Attributes of Living Systems 
  • College Composition
  • Individual and Family Development
  • Creative Experiences for Children
  • Introductory Seminar in HDFS
  • General Psychology

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3.4


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

  • Application for admission
  • $50 application fee or fee waiver
  • Official school transcript
  • Personal statement (essay) and Academic Explanation
  • Recommendation
  • English proficiency (optional)
  • ACT or SAT results (optional)
  • Immigration documents

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    30780 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30780 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    12058 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12058 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Fort Collins

  • 1210 - 1800 USD/month
    Living Costs

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