Inclusive Early Childhood Education Graduate Certificate

Inclusive Early Childhood Education

Graduate Certificate

Program Delivery

On Campus, Online, Hybrid

Total Credits

27 Credits

About the Program

Inclusive Early Childhood Education Graduate Certificate

This graduate program in Early Childhood Special Education qualifies students to earn a Colorado Department of Education teaching license/endorsement in Early Childhood Education (birth-8) and Early Childhood Special Education (birth-8 Special Education).

The coursework in this certificate may be applied towards a Master's degree in Special Education. Students who complete the Master's degree in addition to the certificate will qualify for the Early Childhood Special Education Specialist endorsement from the Colorado Department of Education. 

Focus of Study

The Inclusive Early Childhood Education graduate certificate program educates the head, heart, and hands of future inclusive early childhood educators through a three-fold focus on essential foundational knowledge, relationship-driven dispositions, and evidence-based inclusive practices and tools.

The curriculum integrates content in:

  • Culturally responsive practice
  • Strategies for inclusion
  • Trauma-sensitive care
  • Learning through play and developmentally appropriate practices

Effective distance education and supervision methods, including intensive field residencies, deeply engage students in a rich, meaningful curriculum and interactive learning experiences. 

Program Requirements

The Inclusive Early Childhood Education Graduate Certificate Program requires 27 credit hours (8 courses).

The Praxis exams measure the academic skills and subject-specific knowledge needed as an educator. Students must pass the state-approved elementary education licensure exams prior to student teaching to be recommended for licensure.

Students must receive a passing score on the following exams no later than June 15 prior to the student teaching semester:

  • #5024 Education of Young Children
  • #5692 Special Education: Preschool/Early Childhood
  • #5205 Teaching Reading: Elementary

If these requirements are not met by the deadlines, the student must withdraw or defer their student teaching until the requirements are met.

Program Coursework

Fall 1 
6 Credit Hours
  • IECE 5010: Inclusive Child Development (Birth-8)
  • IECE 5600: Inclusive Early Childhood Curriculum and Instructional Strategies
Spring 1 
9 Credit Hours
  • SPED 5020: Teaching Students with Significant Support Needs
  • SPED 5303: Designing Trauma-Informed Supports in the Classroom
  • IECE 5500: Collaborative ECSE Assessment and Planning with Families
Summer 1 
6 Credit Hours
  • SPED 5001: Introduction to Special Education
  • SPED 5010: Multisensory Structured Language (Substitute for TED 5570)
Fall 2 
6 Credit Hours
  • IECE 6950: Inclusive Early Childhood Student Teaching

Connect with Dr. Follari for individual program planning, email

For details on program coursework, please visit the Academic Catalog.

Admission Details

For additional details on the admission process, please visit the Admission Details page.

If you have questions about the program before or during the Admissions process or would like more information, call (719) 255-4996 or email