Love the idea of working with children? Take the fast track to a meaningful career in the rewarding field of Early Childhood Education!

Get the skills you need, fast

This spring and summer, our Early Childhood Education (ECE) courses will be offered in a “fast track” format; you’ll gain the skills you need to launch a new career in childcare or take the next step in your current work. 

How it works

Classes will be held on Fridays and Saturdays to work around most work schedules. You’ll focus on one course at a time, completing each in two weeks and then taking one week off before starting the next in the series. 

Classes will be available on campus and through Distance Learning. So, if you have a computer with a speaker and camera, you can access the live courses in real time, from anywhere!

With the first two courses (ECE 101 and ECE 103), you’ll earn a Basic Certificate.  Complete the next eight courses in the series and you’ll have completed all the course requirements necessary to qualify for the State of Colorado’s Director’s License.

Check the schedule

Course DatesCourse Name & Number
Jan. 7-8, Jan. 14-15Introduction to Early Childhood Education (ECE 101)
Jan. 28-29, Feb. 4-5Guidance Strategies for Young Children (ECE 103)
Feb. 11Introduction to Early Childhood Techniques (ECE 102)
Feb. 25-26, Mar. 4-5Infant & Toddler Theory & Practice (ECE 111)
March 25-26, Apr. 1-2Nutrition, Health & Safety (ECE 205)
Apr. 22-23, Apr. 29-30Curriculum Development: Methods & Techniques (ECE 220)
June 3-4, June 10-11ECE Child Growth & Development (ECE 238)
June 17-18, June 24-25Administration of Early Childhood Care & Education Programs (ECE 240)
July 8-9, July 15-16Administration: Human Relations for Early Childhood Education (ECE 241)
July 29-30, Aug. 5-6The Exceptional Child (ECE 260)

Take what you need, when you need it

If you’re already working in the field, you may need just a course or two – and that’s great! You can start at any point in this series of classes. And, if you miss a course or can’t make the class during the scheduled days, it’s no problem. These courses are also held online so you can get back on track. 

Our advisors can help you work around your schedule.  Want to discuss your options? Contact Student Services today at 719.336.1590 or 

Get started today!

We would love to help you learn more about Lamar Community College! If you have questions, contact Student Services at 719.336.1590 or