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B.S. in Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education degree at Colorado State University enables students to apply for teacher licensure, and qualifies students to engage in a number of early childhood professions, including teaching grades Pre K – 3rd grade in public or private schools in Colorado, teaching in Head Start and other preschool or childcare programs, establishing a business as a center care provider.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 4 years
Starting in: January, August
Tuition Fee: $32,734 per year
Location: Fort Collins, CO, United States

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.

Learning Outcomes

Students from the Early Childhood Education degree at Colorado State University 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.


“My experience at CSU, and particularly in the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology has been invaluable! The program was both challenging and supportive.”

Sara Bombaci // Master of Science

Courses included

  • Individual and Family Development
  • Creative Experiences for Children
  • General Psychology
  • Humans and Other Animals
  • Attributes of Living Systems
  • Schooling in the United States