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Area of Study

Early Childhood Education

T-Prep Early Childhood Education


The T-Prep Early Childhood Education Certificate is designed for the student that is pursuing a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education through the T-Prep articulation agreement between NJC and CU Denver. Courses in this certificate are part of the third year program requirements for CU Denver, but are taken through NJC. Students should enroll in this certificate program ONLY if they choose to slow down year three and enroll as a part-time student. Students that enroll full-time in year three of the T-Prep Elementary Education should enroll through CU Denver. More specific information regarding the T-Prep program in Early Childhood Education can be found on the NJC website at NJC T-Prep.

Program Requirements

Total Credits 12
Course Number Course Title Credits Details
Multicultural Education 3

Focuses on the need to recognize and understand the similarities and differences among people and develop a respect for all individuals and groups. Assists teachers to recognize the special learning needs of children from different racial, ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic groups, and to encourage teachers to integrate multicultural/diversity teaching into the school curriculum. (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

Teaching, Learning&Technology 3

Prepares students to integrate technology into their teaching curriculum. Enables the student to design educational and training materials incorporating instructional technology. Explores a variety of technologies including the computer, Internet, multimedia, graphics, audio, and text with an emphasis on increasing learning through their use. Examines combining technology with a variety of instructional methodologies. Prerequisite: EDU2211 (EDU221) (“C” or better) OR instructor approval (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

Administration of ECE Programs 3

Provides foundational knowledge in early childhood program business operations, program development, and evaluation. This course covers administrative skills, ethical decision making, risk and resource management, and components of quality Early Childhood Education (ECE) programs serving children ages birth through 12 years. Prerequisite: ECE1011 (ECE101) (“C” or better) (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

The Exceptional Child 3

Presents an overview of critical elements related to educating young children with disabilities or special needs in the early childhood setting. Topics include: typical and atypical development; legal requirements; research-based practices related to inclusion; teaming and collaboration; and accommodations and adaptations. This course examines how a disability or special need may impact a young child’s learning process. This course addresses children ages birth through 8 years. Prerequisite: ECE2381 (ECE238) (“C” or better) (Contact hours-45) (3-0)


Total Credits 4

Choose at least one (3 credit) course and one (1 credit) course from the following list.

Course Number Course Title Credits Details
ECE Nutrition/Health/Safety 3

Focuses on nutrition, health, and safety as key factors for optimal growth and development of young children. Includes nutrient knowledge, menu planning, food program participation, health practices, management and safety, appropriate activities, and communication with families. Addresses ages from prenatal through age 8. (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

Creativity and the Young Child 3

Provides an emphasis on encouraging and supporting creative self-expression and problem solving skills in children. Explores creative learning theories and research. Focuses on developmentally appropriate curriculum strategies in all developmental domains. Addresses ages birth through age 8. (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

Language and Literacy 3

Presents strategies for optimum language development, literacy, social, and emotional development. Supports children’s language and literacy in home, classroom, and community settings. Provides appropriate teacher/child verbal interactions, classroom environments, and activities. Addresses ages birth through age 8. (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

Intercultural Communication: GT-SS3 3

Explores the link between culture and communication and will develop and/or enhance communication skills and the abilities appropriate to a multicultural society. Emphasis will be on understanding diversity within and across cultures. Relevant concepts include perception, worldview, context, ethics, language, and nonverbal communication. This is a Statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-SS3 category. (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

Introduction to Sociology I: GT-SS3 3

Examines the basic concepts, theories, and principles of sociology as well as human culture, social groups, and the social issues of age, gender, class, and race. This is a Statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-SS3 category. Prerequisite: Successful completion of ENG0092 (REA090 or CCR092) (“C” or better) OR appropriate placement score. Corequisite: ENG0094 and ENG1021 (CCR094 and ENG121). (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

Introduction to Sociology II: GT-SS3 3

Examines social institutions and organizations from the macro perspective. Emphasizes issues of social change, demography, social movements, and conflicts and trends within education, religion, family, political, and economic structures. This is a Statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-SS3 category. Prerequisite: Successful completion of ENG0092 (REA090 or CCR092) (“C” or better) OR appropriate placement score. Corequisite: ENG0094 and ENG1021 (CCR094 and ENG121) (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

Cultural Anthropology: GT-SS3 3

Studies the human cultural patterns and learned behavior. Includes linguistics, social and political organization, religion, culture and personality, culture change, and applied anthropology. This is a Statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-SS3 category. (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

Ethnic Literature: GT-AH2 3

Focuses on significant texts by ethnic Americans including African-American, Native American, Latino/a, and Asian Americans. Emphasizes careful reading and understanding of the cultural and literary elements of the works. This is a Statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-AH2 category. (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

Also choose one of the following courses.

Observing Young Children 1

Examines the current research on the continuous practice of observing children. Incorporates practice with a variety of assessment instruments currently utilized in Colorado ECE programs. (Contact hours-15) (1-0)

Assessment Process in ECE 1

Focuses on exposing students to a wide variety of screening tools and evaluations appropriate for children birth to 8 years of age. Enables students to gain beginning knowledge in the selection of developmental screening tools and evaluations important to the IFSP/IEP. (Contact hours-15) (1-0)

Practicum I 1

Provides students with the opportunity to supplement coursework with practical work experience related to their educational program. Students work under the immediate supervision of experienced personnel at the education facility and with the direct guidance of the instructor.

Mental Health First Aid 1

Train the public and first responders on the most common mental disorders and mental health crises. Train first responders in the basic action steps to assist with the mental health issue. This course is not for the trained Mental Health Professional. (Contact hours-15) (1-0)

Community First Aid and CPR 1

Prepares the student for certification in CPR and Basic First Aid. Skills will include basic life support, airway obstruction, control of bleeding, shock, and patient care for the unconscious. (Contact hours-15) (1-0)