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2008-2009 College Catalog 
2008-2009 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Early Childhood Education Licensure (ECE)

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Professional Early Childhood Education Licensure:

The Early Childhood Licensure Program prepares candidates to teach preschool through grade three. Through the sequence of courses and field experiences, the candidate satisfies all of Colorado’s academic standards for licensure in Early Childhood Education. Candidates are prepared by an emphasis on child development of all kinds: physical, cognitive, social, and emotional, to instruct children in preschool, and kindergarten through third grade.

Candidates who wish to obtain Colorado Licensure in Early Childhood Education must earn a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in an approved content major. The following major advising guides are prepared to assist candidates in choosing an appropriate major for Early Childhood Education. Candidates must choose a major from the following selections in order to fulfill licensure requirements for Metro State and the state of Colorado. The advising guides are not substitutes for meeting with academic advisors. Licensure candidates must consult an advisor in their selected major as well as one in education. To better support candidates in their major selections, eight-semester planned sequences for each of the licensure majors can be obtained inside the Teacher Application Center in West Classroom, Room 136.

Degree-seeking Early Childhood Education Licensure candidates must choose from one of the following majors to earn licensure in Early Childhood Education:

Behavioral Science
Human Development (recommended)
Speech Communication (Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences)

Early Childhood Education Licensure Candidates

Candidates seeking teacher licensure must also gain admission to the Teacher Education Program. The application form for the program must be completed by attending an Application Meeting scheduled at the beginning of every semester by the Teacher Application Center (WC 136). Formal admission must be obtained BEFORE Level II education coursework can be taken. Refer to the Provisional and Formal Admission section of this catalog for more information about the necessary process.

General Studies for Early Childhood Education Licensure:

The following general studies fulfill the general course requirements for Metro State and the Teacher Education Program for degree-seeking candidates. The following general studies or equivalent courses are required for teacher licensure for degree-seeking candidates. Post-baccalaureate candidates may need to fulfill some general studies requirements; therefore, they should contact an advisor in Early Childhood Education to verify the courses required for licensure.

Math Total: 6

Early Childhood Education Licensure Sequence:

The following courses fulfill the required courses for state licensure in Early Childhood Education as well as the minor required for the degree.

Licensure Total: 45

Behavioral Science Major with Early Childhood Licensure:

The Behavioral Science major is an interdisciplinary Social Science major. The foundation courses in the major provide a strong interdisciplinary approach and broaden candidates’ knowledge in the social science areas of History, Civics, Human Development, Cultural Diversity, and Economics. The core curriculum is designed to prepare candidates to teach to the Colorado Model Content Standards for Early Childhood Education.

Major Elected Focus and Upper Division Electives: 24 Additional Hours

Candidates must take a total of 24 credit hours of electives in addition to the Behavioral Science foundation courses. Candidates select 12 credits in a major focus and 12 credits from the Behavioral Science electives. Nine credits in each of these two groups must be upper division credits for a total of 18 upper division credits. PSY 1800 is part of the Early Childhood Licensure sequence; however, the credits can be applied to the 24 credit hours of electives. See an advisor in Behavioral Science before registering for classes.


Major Total 42
General Studies and Math Total* 33
Licensure Total 46
Grand Total 121

*General Studies Exception for Behavioral Science with Early Childhood Licensure:

PSC 1010, HIS 1210 satisfy Social Studies General Education requirements. Up to 6 hours of major courses can be applied to General Studies. See an advisor in Behavioral Science for further information.

English Major with Early Childhood Licensure:

The English Major includes additional preparation in literature and composition. The core curriculum is designed to ensure that the program meets Colorado Model Content Standards. English is a major which will address the literacy standards by providing the candidate with additional preparation in language and literacy. The program provides candidates with a strong foundation in literature and literary genres; a solid perspective on the English language, including its history, structure, and development; and both theory and practice in composition, language arts, communication, and teaching methodology. The candidates will also be prepared to teach literature of various cultures, accommodate cultural and ethnic diversity in language and writing, and communicate effectively with a diverse population of candidates.

English Foundation Courses:

Total: 15

Total: 6

Total: 6

Total: 6

English Electives:

Two upper-division English courses selected in consultation with and approved by a designated English advisor 6
Major Total 39
General Studies and Math Total 39
Licensure Total 46
Grand Total: 124

General Studies Exception for English Major:

Candidates majoring in English take ENG 3461 Children’s Literature: Theory and Practice. Therefore, English majors do not take ENG 2460 Children’s Literature listed under the General Studies guide for Early Childhood Education. Instead, English majors must choose an additional Arts and Letters course to fulfill the general studies requirements for Metro State.

History Major with Early Childhood Licensure:

The core curriculum is designed to ensure that the program meets Colorado Endorsement Standards. The curriculum is designed to prepare candidates to teach to the Colorado Model Content Standards for Early Childhood Education. The foundation courses in the major provide the candidate with the knowledge base to understand contemporary societal issues while drawing on experiences from the past.

Foundation Total: 15

General and Upper Division History Courses: 27


History majors must select 27 credit hours of History courses in consultation with an advisor to complete the program.

Major Total: 42

General Studies and Math Total 36
Licensure Total 46

Grand Total: 124

*General Studies Exception for History Major:

Satisfies HIS General Education requirement

Human Development Major for Early Childhood Licensure:

Grand Total: 124-125

Major Total: 43-44

General Studies and Math Total* 39
Licensure Total 42


*meets Senior Experience requirement

**either Major or General Studies-not both; see advisor

***Prerequisite PSY 1800 or PSY 3250 or PSY 2270/SOC 3100

Additional Course Requirements:

In addition, candidates must take 9-10 hours from the following list. Candidates may not use the same courses to count for the major and for the minor or for General Studies.


*students who have taken MTH 1210 or its equivalent and transfer before deciding to major in Human Development may substitute it for PSY 2310. MTH 1210 cannot be used for both the major and to satisfy the Level 1 General Studies mathematics requirement.


Major Total 43-44
General Studies and Math Total* 39
Licensure Total 42
Grand Total 124-125

Speech Communications Major with Early Childhood Licensure

Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences Concentration

An emphasis in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences prepares Early Childhood candidates to teach to the Colorado Model Content standards and provides a sound background for candidates pursuing careers in education, health care, and vocational rehabilitation. Graduates in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences will have prerequisite coursework to pursue a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology, which opens up possible careers in schools, community clinics, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and practice.

Option A: For students planning to seek a graduate degree in speech-language pathology or audiology:

Subtotal: 37


SPE 1010 Public Speaking is a prerequisite to SLHS 2530, SLHS 3600 and SPE 3760. BIO 1080 General Biology I and 1090 General Biology Laboratory I are prerequisites for BIO 2310. These courses are required for this major and may be used to fulfill General Studies requirements.

Students planning to seek certification from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association should take MTH 1210 Introduction to Statistics or PSY 2310 Introduction to Statistics, PSY 2210 Psychology of Human Development, and PHY 1000 Introduction to Physics or PHY 3620 Physics of Sound and Music.

Subtotal: 5


Major Total required for Option A
General Studies Total
Licensure Total
Grand Total

Option B*: For students seeking licensure in Early Childhood or Elementary Education:

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