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  Nov 21, 2017
2013-2014 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Early Childhood Education [2009] +

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Associate in Science Degree

(63 Credit Hours)

Program Director

Dr. Kathryn Stuckey
941-363-7265 Lakewood Ranch
941-408-1300, ext. 67265 Venice

Program Goal

To prepare students for immediate employment as child development center teachers or managers, early intervention associates, child development curriculum coordinators, infant/toddler teachers or preschool teachers. This program prepares the student to assume primary responsibility for long-range planning for the care, education and guidance of young children. Supplementary training for persons previously or currently employed in these occupations also is provided. This program transfers to the University of South Florida Bachelor of Science in Applied Science Program with concentration in early childhood development.

Program Entrance Requirements

To be admitted into the Early Childhood Education Degree Program*, a student must have:

  1. Achieved a level of mathematics proficiency that qualifies the student for entry into MAC 1105  + or higher, as demonstrated by the standard placement criteria currently in use at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF);
  2. Achieved a level of English and reading proficiency that qualifies the student for entry into ENC 1101  or higher, as demonstrated by the standard placement criteria currently in use at SCF; and
  3. Successfully completed Introduction to Early Childhood Education (EEC 1000 ) with a grade of “C” or better.

General Academic Courses**

Students may take these courses at any time during their program of study.

Total Credit Hours: 18

Program Core Courses**

Please consult the course description section of the Catalog for any prerequisites.

Total Credit Hours: 33

Plus One Specialization Area

12 credits must be completed from courses within one specialization area.

12 Credit Hours

12 Credit Hours

12 Credit Hours

12 Credit Hours


Florida Child Care Professional Certification (FCCPC): Students who want the Florida Child Care Professional Certificate must complete EEC 1000 ,

 , EEC 1001  and EEC 1601  and work or volunteer at least a total of 480 hours in a childcare facility during the semester the coursework is completed. Once the coursework is complete, the student should contact the program director to submit to the State for obtaining the FCCPC.

Child Development Associate Credentials: Students who want the National CDA (Child Development Associate) Credential must complete EEC 1000 , EEC 1001 , EEC 1601  and EEC 1319  and then apply to the National Council for Early Childhood Recognition to complete the credentialing process. The Council’s number is 1-800-424-4310.

Child Care Management Director Credentials: Students who need to meet the Department of Children and Families requirement for the Foundation Level Director Credential must complete EEC 2002 . The courses that meet the DCF Advanced Level Director Credential requirement are EEC 2202  , EEC 2527  and EEC 2520 .

** A grade of “C” or better must be attained for each course taken for this degree.

+ Effective Fall 2013, no new students are being accepted into an A.A.S. degree program. Students currently enrolled will have two years (Summer 2015) to complete the A.A.S. specific requirements of the program. The only difference of the A.A.S. from the A.S. curriculum for this particular program is that of one math course MAT 1033 .

Articulated credit from a technical institute/secondary school may be applicable. Contact the SCF associate vice president of corporate and community development for more information.

* A related certificate also is offered. See certificate  listing.

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