Early Childhood Teaching Program – UNC Center for Urban Education

Earn Your Bachelor's Degree and Early Childhood Education License

With the Early Childhood Bachelor of Arts – Teaching Emphasis – Licensure: Early Childhood Education (Ages Birth-8) program at the UNC Center for Urban Education, you will be prepared for licensure and for inspiring work in infant and early childhood education centers, Head Start and pre-kindergarten programs, and up through the primary grades to grade three.

This Denver-delivered program features a structured course schedule (you'll focus on one course at a time) and a paid classroom apprenticeship model that allows you to start earning and working in metro area child centers or classrooms right away.

Be the Difference: Be a Teacher

Because of the specialized training and experiences you'll gain in urban child centers or schools, you will be prepared to address the needs of these students and make a difference where it is needed most: in the lives of children who have the chance to become inspired learners. With these experiences, our graduates routinely report that their transition to full-time classroom teacher involves no surprises. They have seen much, done much and are ready to tackle the most demanding teaching challenges.

Upon graduation, you will be eligible to receive a teaching license to direct an early childhood center, as well as teach in pre-K settings and/or grades K-3 in a public school. Early Childhood Education graduates are also eligible for the added K-6 Elementary Education endorsement, after taking and successfully passing an Elementary Content Exam. Additional course work may or may not be required.

The UNC Center for Urban Education

This program/major is one of three bachelor's degrees with initial licensure offered by the UNC Center for Urban Education, which operates at the UNC Denver Center at Lowry. The other Center for Urban Education degree with licensure programs are:

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Classroom Apprenticeship

You will spend time each week in a classroom teacher apprenticeship position – all four years. You'll receive pay as well as college credit for this experience. This means that right from the beginning you are part of the school environment as a working, contributing staff member, meaning that you can apply what you learn in your courses to see which methods work best for you. During the entire four years, you will also be mentored by a retired master teacher who offers guidance and support for the classroom apprenticeship experience.


Academic Classes

The four-year course of study includes a variety of subjects that contribute to a well-rounded college education and preparation for the most challenging of school classrooms. You will spend either weekday afternoons or evenings (depending on your enrollment choice) in academic classes at the UNC Denver Center at Lowry.

Focus on One Course at a Time

A unique feature of the Center for Urban Education program is the scheduling of classes. You will focus on one academic class at a time. For example, you will complete a math, English, or history, etc. class every five weeks. This enables you to focus more clearly on the work at hand and come away from each classroom experience richer in what you have learned. Along the way, you will also periodically attend small teacher training workshops.

UNC's Renowned Early Childhood Education Program Brought to You in Denver

The Early Childhood program blends a liberal arts and early childhood education foundation with Professional Teacher Education Preparation (PTEP).

A four year course of study is tightly designed to help you complete this bachelor's degree. View the example 4-year plans of study:


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