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About this Program

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Have you already completed a bachelor’s degree at a regionally accredited college or university?  Are you interested in becoming a licensed early childhood educator?  If so, this is the program for you!  As an MSU Denver Early Childhood Education post-bac teacher licensure student, you will learn to care for, teach and work with children, birth through age eight. In this program, you will explore child development, language and literacy, science, technology, creativity, math, trauma-informed and equity-focused teaching alongside other future teachers from diverse socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds.

Here you will work with faculty made up of experienced preschool and early-elementary teachers, leaders and directors who remain active on federal, national, state and local boards and with agencies. Your faculty are helping to inform the current trends, policies and practices in the ECE profession by conducting research, speaking nationally and locally, and partnering with districts and centers. This excellent faculty bring all of that knowledge and experience to your class content.

Small class sizes enable you to develop lasting support networks of peers and receive the individual attention you deserve while gaining practical experience and relevant real-world knowledge to become a professional, knowledgeable, and agentic early childhood educator.

Benefits of Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Preparation at MSU Denver

Adult woman and child play together on colorful toys background.Through completing our licensure program and earning your Colorado teaching license in Early Childhood Education, you will qualify to teach in public schools Pre-kindergarten through third grade. You will also meet Colorado Department of Human Services requirements for Early Childhood Teacher, Childcare Center Director, and COShines Professional Level II or III.

Career Opportunities for Our Program Completers

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Early Childhood Education teacher candidates at Metropolitan State University of Denver are prepared to teach and work in a wide variety of environments. These settings include urban, rural, public, private and charter schools and centers; informal education settings; and state-licensing, policy-advocacy and nonprofit organizations.

Most MSU Denver Early Childhood Education students become public school teachers at the level of pre-kindergarten through third grade. Others go to work as teachers or directors in childcare centers, become licensing agents, or work in government agencies, non-profit organizations.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2018, the median childcare and teaching pay in Colorado varied widely. For childcare workers, the average was $28,700/year, about $2,000 more than the national average. For preschool teachers, the average was $33,140/year, and for elementary school kindergarten teachers was $50,020/year.  Preschool and Childcare Administrators earned an average salary of $52,160/year.

According to the Colorado Department of Education, the average of all teacher salaries in the state in 2020 was $58,219.

Featured Faculty

Headshot photo of Dr. Rosemarie AllenDr. Rosemarie Allen

Dr. Rosemarie Allen has served as a leader in early childhood education for over 30 years. Her life’s work is centered on ensuring children have access to high quality early childhood programs that are developmentally and culturally appropriate. Her classes are focused on ensuring teachers are aware of how issues of equity, privilege, and power impact teaching practices. Rosemarie has also served as the Director of the Division of Child Care for Colorado Department of Human Services.

Rosemarie is a respected keynote speaker, presenting on Racial Equity, Culturally Responsive Practices, Cultural Competence, Micro-Aggressions, Racial Disproportionality, Privilege, Power and Intersectionality, etc. She also has the distinct honor of being appointed as a “Global Leader” to represent the United States at World Conferences across the globe. Rosemarie earned her B. A. from California State University, Master’s of Education from Lesley University, and Doctorate in Leadership for Equity in Education at the University of Colorado, Denver.


Headshot of Dr. Brandon GilbertDr. Brandon Gilbert

Dr. Brandon Gilbert received his doctorate in education from DePaul University with a concentration in early childhood studies. His research examines how preschoolers articulate learning through various art mediums. Dr. Gilbert’s service as an early childhood lead teacher spans over sixteen years, teaching in urban communities of Chicago, Brooklyn and Harlem, New York. He understands that early childhood education is one of the most intellectually demanding fields of service. Being able to provide the individual needs of an entire early childhood classroom is an enormous responsibility. Dr. Gilbert promotes a holistic philosophy that acknowledged children’s sense of self, voices, and creative abilities.


All School of Education teacher licensure programs are authorized by the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Department of Higher Education.

ECE coursework is also aligned with the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) most recent professional development standards and the Colorado Early Childhood Educators and Administrators Competencies.

Contact the Department of Special Education, Early Childhood & CLD

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