Within the context of a Christian worldview, the Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education Licensure degree provides a challenging, theory-based and application-oriented approach to the education of children from birth to age 8. Students acquire knowledge, develop skills and demonstrate competencies necessary to teach effectively in public and private schools. Courses and field experiences develop educators who are dedicated to addressing diverse learner needs with excellence through servant-leadership in their field and society.

The emphasis on becoming a licensed teacher enhances the student's instructional skills through the study of curriculum development, learning assessment, psychological foundations of teaching methods, classroom management, and critical thinking skills. These principles are then put into practical application through 160 clock hours of field-based experiences throughout the first two semesters, culminating in a semester-long, full-time (640 clock hours) student teaching practicum in a classroom in their community.

Students who satisfactorily complete all requirements of the program and the requirements for licensure are qualified to teach birth through eight years in public and private schools in Colorado and are eligible to reciprocate or directly apply for licensure in most states. Out-of-state students are responsible for verifying their home state's teacher licensure process and requirements. Click here to learn more about the program and licensure requirements for each state. Graduates also meet requirements for certification by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) to teach in schools around the world.

Students graduating from the Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education Licensure program may apply to the program (MACI) program at CCU. Upon acceptance, three credits of graduate-level coursework included in the BA professional core can be applied to the MACI "Non-Emphasis" degree.

The Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education Licensure requires completion of the following 120 hours:
General Education Core (45 credits)
Prerequisite Professional Core (6 credits)
Early Childhood Professional Core (44 credits)
Electives (25 credits)

Requirements for Entrance into the Professional Core:

  • School of Education Professions (SEP)-specified background check

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75 for courses completed at CCU

  • A minimum of 9 credit hours must be completed at CCU prior to admission into School of Education Professions (SEP) programs

  • Asynchronous interview with an SEP staff designee

  • Writing sample 

  • Participation in a 90-minute synchronous program kickoff webinar in June

  • Applicants must complete all general education, and elective requirements prior to enrolling in any SEP core program courses. Applicants may be admitted by the program director for conditional admission with a maximum of 9 credits outstanding in any of the above areas

Professional Licensure Disclosure

Colorado Christian University offers several academic programs which lead to professional licensure in the state of Colorado and, in some programs, prepare students for a national exam. All students should be aware that states vary in their educational and professional requirements depending on the profession. Some states require specific educational requirements, clinical requirements, accreditation requirements, or exam requirements. See professional licensure disclosures for details.