Oct 02, 2023
Bachelor of Science
(120 Credit Hours)
Dr. April Fleming
941-363-7265 Lakewood Ranch
941-408-1300, ext. 67265 Venice
Program Description and Goal
The Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education is intended to provide professional training for students interested in working in the field of education with special interest in the variety of careers and professions related to working with young children, their families and communities. The major emphasis of the Early Childhood Education program is in the early childhood years (birth to age 4). The program focuses on training teacher candidates to enter the classroom, while emphasizing the teaching of early childhood students by combining theoretical components with practical application. This major provides future educators with a foundation in methods of teaching, along with skills for working with children birth through 4. The program also fulfills the legal requirements implemented from Head Start teachers and directors, as well as teachers in Florida Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten programs. Sucessful completion of this program will prepare students for Florida Teacher Certification.
There are two tracks for a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education:
- Track 1: This is a 2+2 program whereby a student has been working toward an A.A. degree or A.S. degree in Early Childhood.
- Track 2: This program is designed for high school students taking dual enrollment courses while still in high school. Dual enrolled students must apply for Track 2 upon entering the College. Fifteen credit hours must be completed either by dual enrollment registration or earned course credit by taking an Advanced Placement (AP) or College Level Examination Program (CLEP). All course work must have a grade of “C” or higher. Dual enrolled students must apply for Track 2 during their senior year in high school.
‡ Degrees/programs will require a separate application and acceptance notification from the specific department before enrollment in the desired program.
Early Childhood Education Program Requirements
Prerequisite Courses: 22 Credit Hours
Lower/Upper Level Electives: 8 Credit Hours
Any A.A. elective over and above A.A. general education requirements. To meet the requirement of A.A. elective, any course that has (A.A.) after the course title in the catalog description.
Upper Level Core Courses: 54 Credit Hours
Graduation Requirements for Bachelor’s Degrees
The following general requirements for graduation from SCF must be met by all candidates for the Bachelor of Applied Science and Bachelor of Science degrees. Additional requirements may exist for individual programs.
- Students must satisfactorily complete 120 credit hours. For residency purposes, a minimum of 30 credit hours required for graduation must be completed at SCF. All other specific degree requirements also must be met. Developmental education (formerly college preparatory) instruction may not be counted toward fulfilling the total number of credit hours required for residency purposes or graduation.
- For purposes of conferring the bachelor’s degree, students must complete at least 30 credit hours of courses numbered 3000 level or above. Of these, at least 15 credit hours must be taken at SCF.
- Students must achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher on a 4 .0 scale for all work completed at SCF and a 2.0 grade point average or higher for combined coursework with SCF that includes all transferable credits.
- Students must earn a grade of C or better in all upper division program requirements.
- Students must complete the general education requirements (36 credit hours) as defined in the Associate in Arts degree. Students who transfer to SCF with either an Associate in Arts degree or a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution are considered to have met the general education component of the degree. Courses will be reviewed for equivalency for students who transfer without an Associate in Arts or bachelor’s degree.
- Students must have completed Florida’s foreign language requirement prior to the completion of the bachelor’s degree. Students may meet this competency by: A) successful completion of two years (four semesters) of the same foreign language officially documented on a high school transcript; or B) successful completion (grade C or better) of two semesters of the same foreign language at a college or university officially documented on a college/university transcript; or C) education completed outside the United States as documented on an official foreign high school transcript that reflects a primary language other than English; D) or Successful completion of two foreign language equivalents through Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), International Baccalaureate (IB), Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE), or UEXCEL exams. One or more of these exams can be in combination with successful completion of college/university credit in the same foreign language subject area. Official transcripts from a high school, college and/or university and/or official examination results must be submitted to the educational records office.
- For students wishing to pursue another bachelor’s degree, the student must complete a minimum of 15 additional credit hours beyond the first bachelor’s degree as well as any other degree requirements and graduation requirements listed above for the second program.
SCF reserves the right to make changes in the regulations, offerings, requirements and any provisions announced in this Catalog at any time as circumstances require.
SARA Notification: Students enrolled in the Early Childhood Education program who reside in a state other than Florida must contact the ECE program coordinator for the Early Childhood Education program and identify their state or residence. Depending on the specific state, either; SCF may provide information to the student on whether, institution may determine whether the course or program meets the requirements for professional licensure in that state where the applicant or student resides; or, that SCF cannot confirm whether the ECE program meets requirements for professional licensure in that state, and we will provide the student with current contact information the licensing board in that state and advice the student to determine whether the program meets requirements for licensure in the state where the student lives.