Early Childhood Education Teacher Preparation

Associate of Arts Degree with Designation

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The Associate of Arts Early Childhood [Teacher] Education option is the result of a State wide articulation agreement between the Colorado Community College System and the four-year colleges and universities. Students completing the following 60 hours will transfer in 100% of their classes and start as an entering junior at the following four-year schools: Adams State, Colorado Mesa University, Colorado State University-Ft. Collins, Fort Lewis College, Metropolitan State University, University of Colorado-Denver and University of Northern Colorado. Please consult with your faculty advisor for the proper sequence of classes.

All students registered for ECE classes, both lecture-based and practicum-based courses, must submit to a criminal background check the first semester of enrollment. This process is completed on-line through the PPCC Human Resources Department, with an associated cost for the background check service. Further instructions are available on the ECE home page and will be provided the first day of class.

Courses marked with an asterisk [*] are not currently offered at PPCC.

Content criteria, competencies, and student learning outcomes associated with the general education courses required for this degree can be found on the Colorado Department of Higher Education website.


Six (6) credit hours

ENG 121

English Composition I: CO1


ENG 122

English Composition II: CO2



Four (4) credit hours

MAT 120

Mathematics for the Liberal Arts: MA1


Arts and Humanities

Six (6) credit hours

ART 110

Art Appreciation: AH1


LIT 115

Introduction to Literature I: AH2


LIT 255

Children’s Literature


MUS 120

Music Appreciation: AH1



Three (3) credit hours

HIS 121

U.S. History to Reconstruction: HI1


HIS 122

U.S. History since Civil War: HI1


Social and Behavioral Sciences

Six (6) credit hours

GEO 105

World Regional Geography: SS2


PSY 101

General Psychology: SS1


Natural and Physical Sciences

Eight (8) credit hours

SCI 155

Integrated Science I-Physics & Chemistry w/Lab: SC1


SCI 156

Integrated Science II-Earth & Life Sciences w/Lab: SC1


Students must pass with a C- or higher BOTH SCI 155 and SCI 156 to satisfy the GT Pathways science requirement.

Additional Required Courses

Nineteen (19) credit hours

Please note: if these credits are not required for the major at a receiving four-year institution, they will be applied to the Bachelor’s degree as elective credit towards graduation. Please check with the receiving institution to determine in which way these courses will be applied.

ECE 101

Introduction to Early Childhood Education


ECE 102

Introduction to Early Childhood Education Techniques


ECE 103

Guidance Strategies for Young Children


ECE 220

Curriculum Development: Methods & Techniques


ECE 238

ECE Child Growth & Development


ECE 256

Working with Parents, Families & Community Systems



Nine (9) credit hours to be determined by home and transfer institution.

Total Credit Hours


Additional information available on the Early Childhood Education Department website at www.ppcc.edu/ece.