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Early Childhood Education [2009]

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Associate in Science Degree

(60 Credit Hours)

Program Manager

Dr. K. DeWitt

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 Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of child growth and development.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of early childhood education: infants/toddlers. Demonstrate knowledge of early childhood education: preschool.
  • Demonstrate the importance of positive interactions with the family and communities.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of rules and regulations governing early childhood programs.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of child abuse and neglect.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of safety, health, and nutrition.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the early childhood education profession.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate methods of guidance and classroom management.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of various observation, screening, assessment and documentation methods.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of children with special needs. 

General Education Courses

Subtotal Credit Hours: 15

Program Core Courses

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

Subtotal Credit Hours: 33

Plus One Specialization Area

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

Total Credit Hours: 60


Florida Child Care Professional Certification (FCCPC): Students who want the Florida Child Care Professional Certificate must complete EEC 1000 , EEC 1319  , 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 EEC 1319  is complete, the program director will submit appropriate paperwork to the State for obtaining the FCCPC. Credit for the FCCPC will appear on the student’s DCF transcript.

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 .

Articulated credit from a technical college/secondary school may be applicable. For more information click here:

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

Degree Pathway

Required Courses and recommended Sequence: The following is a recommended sequence of courses for completing this program. Developmental courses and prerequisite course requirements, credit load, and/or course availability may affect a student’s individual progress. Course availability within the program sequences is specifically intended for full-time students who begin their course work with the fall semester. Students should always consult their online degree planner for the catalog year that they entered the college, and contact their program manager to better understand typical course availability and individual program planning.

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