Use a combination of these formal education channels to qualify as an Early Childhood Lead Teacher or Director.
The college courses that help you meet Colorado State Licensing requirements in the Early Childhood field are:
- Introduction to Early Childhood
- Intro to Early Childhood Lab
- Early Childhood Guidance Strategies
- Early Childhood Health, Nutrition & Safety
- Administration of Early Childhood Care & Education
- Human Relations for Early Childhood Professionals or Introduction to Business
- Early Childhood Curriculum Development
- Early Childhood Growth & Development
- The Exceptional Child
- Infant/Toddler Theory & Practice
Regional Colleges that offer these courses:
- Pueblo Community College
- Colorado Northwestern Community College
- Fort Lewis College
- San Juan College
Professional Trainings and Workshops
There are a variety of professional trainings, workshops, and courses that are offered in the Early Childhood field that are fantastic ways to educate yourself outside of college.
Child Development Associates (CDA)
CDA stands for “Child Development Associate,” and is a credential you can earn by completing a certain number of CDA approved trainings and hours of work experience. This credential is the only Nationally recognized one in this field, so that’s why it’s a very common staff requirement at Head Start programs. You can also apply for one on your own even if you’re not affiliated with Head Start. Getting a CDA is one pathway to becoming Lead Teacher qualified in Colorado. Apply or learn more about the CDA through the Council of Professional Recognition website.
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