beinclusiveInclusive Early Childhood Education is a newly emerging field where professionals within the field are called on to innovate in the area of curriculum development, individual learning supports, and technology. Early childhood educators may have the opportunity to not only run their own businesses, but also invent, design, and market their own curriculum, technology, and applications. Early childhood educators who have preparation in the area of innovation, business, and marketing will be able to take ideas developed while working with children and enhance them through business planning and implementation.

The Bachelor of Innovation in Inclusive Early Childhood Education interdisciplinary program combines both teacher preparation in Early Childhood Special Education and Early Childhood Education through a bachelor’s degree. The undergraduate program is designed to meet a growing need in southern Colorado for qualified educators of young children, including those with disabilities or who are considered at risk and in need of early intervention. The degree is a four-year, interdisciplinary professional degree designed to prepare undergraduate candidates to teach all children through an inclusive early childhood environment. This program meets the professional teaching standards established by the Colorado Department of Education for programs in early childhood and special education. Upon graduation, students will have the necessary skills and aptitudes to:

  • Hold licensure from the Colorado Department of Education to teach children from birth to age 8 years of age by receiving two licenses, one in Early Childhood Education and one in Early Childhood Special Education, which will allow the graduate to teach in inclusive early childhood settings and in grades P-3 in a public school system.
  • Become an Infant/Toddler Supervisor qualified by the Colorado Department of Human Services.
  • Become qualified by the Colorado Department of Human Services, Division of Child Care to direct an early childhood center.
  • Understand and work with children and families from diverse cultural, linguistic, and economic backgrounds.
  • Understand and work with all young children, including those who have disabilities.
  • Effectively communicate with children, families and other professionals.
  • Assume a leadership role in the field of early childhood education.
  • Utilize skills related to technology and innovation in developing and implementing curriculum.
  • Develop teamwork skills for the purpose of collaboration and problem solving.
  • Acquire basic business skills for management of staff, space, and budgetary needs



General Education (24 Credits)

GPS 1010 Gateway Program Seminar 3
ENGL 1310 Rhetoric & Writing 1 3
ENGL 1410 Rhetoric & Writing 2 3
Quantitative Reasoning 3
Explore (In innovation core) 9
Writing Intensive (in innovation core) 3

Innovation Core (27 Credits)

Cross Discipline Core (15 Credits)

Inclusive Early Childhood Education (56 Credits)

LEAD 1000 Foundations of Education 3
IECE 1000 Introduction to Inclusive Early Childhood Education 4
IECE 1020 Learning Through Play 4
IECE 2000 Collaboration and Communication 4
COUN 4500 Wellness, Resiliency & Emotional Intelligence 3
CURR 3300 Children’s Literature 3
IECE 3000 Observation, Documentation, and Assessment for the Inclusive Early Childhood Educator 3
IECE 3010 Early Language and Literacy I Birth 3
IECE 3020 Inclusive Early Childhood Practicum I 3
IECE 4000 Math and Numeracy 3
IECE 4010 Early Language and Literacy Age 5-8 3
IECE 4020 Creating Classroom Communities 3
IECE 4030 Inclusive Early Childhood Practicum II 6
IECE 4040 IEC Student Teaching 12
IECE 4050 IEC Student Teaching Seminar 3

To see a sample of class distribution over four years, click here.