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In collaboration with the Center for Educator Preparation (CEP) within the School of Education (SOE), the Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) provides a competitive-entry Major in Early Childhood Education requiring an application in the sophomore year for possible admission in the junior year. The degree enables students to apply for Early Childhood teacher licensure and Director Qualification in the state of Colorado, and qualifies students to engage in a number of early childhood professions including teaching grades P-3 in public or private schools in Colorado, teaching in Head Start or other preschool or childcare programs, establishing a business as a family or center care provider, or serving as director of a childcare center. An understanding of human development and family studies provides a strong foundation for students desiring a license to teach young children between the ages of 0 and 8. Knowledge of lifespan developmental processes and family systems prepares future teachers to work in partnership with parents and grandparents in educating children. Students aspiring to work with children between the ages of 0 and 8 can apply during their sophomore year to the major in Early Childhood Education. If accepted, students take courses in HDFS and SOE as a part of their degree requirements.
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8 Semesters

Saint Francis University

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Saint Francis University is one of the oldest Catholic universities in the country, and the oldest dedicated to Franciscan values. It is an inclusive learning community that started with six friars from Ireland in 1847. The university is one of the first 20 Catholic universities and the first Franciscan college to be founded in the United States. Academics are deeply grounded in the traditions of the liberal arts, with an emphasis on developing the students into a well-rounded, impactful individual with a passion and a drive for excellence.
The Students can choose from more than 50 academic programs of study. It educates the persons of all faiths in an environment inspired by Catholic values. At the university, students will find broad intellectual development coupled with career directed studies in the sciences, healthcare, business and the humanities. Students can choose from several graduate programs in business, education, healthcare, and more. At the graduate level, they will find scholarship and support from professors, administrators and the fellow students. Saint Francis is located in Loretto, Pennsylvania about two hours east of Pittsburgh and near major routes in Pennsylvania traveling east and west, north and south .
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