Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education

“When children are young, they are learning sponges. Every new experience, every word they learn, every behavior they adopt, is an investment in a more fruitful future. You can never have a greater impression on a person than when they are in their early childhood years.”1

The need for early childhood educators is growing quickly. Preschool teaching jobs are expected to increase 17% faster than national average through 2022. With Technical College of the Rockies students will prepare to meet this demand by earning one or more of the Early Childhood Education certificates we offer. We are the only technical college in the state that has these college certifications and our affordability and dedication to our students is second to none.

Our students experience integrated classroom time as well as practical applications by working in a real‐world early childhood education setting. They have the support of our instructors who all have high‐level degrees in their field and years of experience working with children. Learners will study curriculum development for preschoolers and other young children; guidance procedures; and how to promote language, literacy, and social skills development.

There are 4 different certificates available that meet the educational component of the Colorado Department of Human Services requirements.

  • Early Childhood Teacher – Entry Level
  • Infant/Toddler Early Childhood Teacher
  • Preschool Early Childhood Teacher
  • Large Center Director

Classes are taught during the afternoon, evenings, and some Saturdays to accommodate employees of schools and child care centers. We also offer our classes online and in a hybrid format to make them more accessible. Job opportunities are available in many settings including childcare centers, nursery schools, kindergartens, child development centers, hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, museums, camps, and recreational centers.

Positions may include the following: ●Toddler Lead Teacher ● Preschool Teacher ● Daycare Teacher ● Nanny ● Teacher Assistant (K‐3) ● Child Care Center Director ● Assistant Director, Preschool ● Afterschool Manager

TCR has an articulation agreement with all of the Colorado Community Colleges. These class credits are fully transferable. In addition we have an articulation agreement with Colorado Christian University and Western Colorado Community College, the two‐year community college branch of Colorado Mesa University.

Early childhood educators care for children from birth to age 8. Most child care workers combine basic care and teaching duties. Individuals who primarily teach are classified as teachers. Successful child care workers must be mature, patient, understanding, articulate, and have energy and physical stamina. They must be effective communicators, be able to anticipate and prevent problems, deal with disruptive children, be enthusiastic and alert, and provide discipline in a firm but fair manner. Teachers also must be knowledgeable in the subjects they teach and be able to employ different teaching methods to respond to individual and cultural differences in the classroom.

1The 13 Key Benefits of Early Childhood Education

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Classes Included in the Early Childhood Education Program

*Estimated costs include tuition, registration, and other fees. Most programs require the purchase of books and supplies which are not included in the costs. All prices are subject to change without notice.