Mar 22, 2018  
2017-2018 Catalog 
2017-2018 Catalog

Early Childhood Education and Early Intervention [3003]

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(36 Credit Hours)

Program Director

Dr. April Fleming
941-363-7265, Lakewood Ranch
941-408-1300, ext. 67265, Venice

This certificate is designed to prepare students for entry level employment in the field of early childhood education. The coursework will apply toward the A.S. Early Childhood Education degree [2009] and toward the B.S. Early Childhood Education degree [8005].

Program Goals

After successfully completing this program, the student will be able to perform the following:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of child growth and development.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of disabling conditions.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of early childhood education.
  • Guide physical development.
  • Guide cognitive language and literacy development.
  • Guide creative development.
  • Guide social, self-help and affective development.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of state and local rules and regulations.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate methods of guidance and classroom management.
  • Initiate and facilitate positive interaction with the child’s family.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of safety, health and nutrition.
  • Identify and report child abuse and neglect in accordance with state regulations.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of community needs and resources.
  • Demonstrate professionalism.
  • Demonstrate various observation and recording methods.
  • Demonstrate use of classroom media.

Total Credit Hours: 36


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

Florida Child Care Professional Certification (FCCPC): Students who want the Florida Child Care Professional certification must successfully complete EEC 1000 , EEC 1001 , EEC 1601 , EEC 1319  and work or volunteer at least a total of 480 hours in a childcare facility during the semester the course work is completed. Once the coursework is complete, the student should contact Dr. April Fleming, to submit to the state for obtaining the FCCPC Florida Child Care Professional Certificate.

Child Development Associate Credentials: Students who want the National CDA (Child Development Associate) credential must successfully 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 toll-free 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 successfully complete EEC 2002 . The courses that meet the DCF Advanced Level Director Credential requirement are EEC 2202 , EEC 2527  and EEC 2520 .

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