Jul 19, 2024  
2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Early Childhood Education [8005] ‡

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Bachelor of Science

(120 Credit Hours)

Program Description and Goal

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE) program is designed to prepare graduates to work in early learning programs serving young children birth through age four. The B.S. in ECE program is for students with a conferred Associate in Science or an Associate in Arts degree and are interested in pursuing additional education. While the B.S. in ECE does not lead to Florida teacher certification, it does meet requirements identified to become either Head Start or Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) lead teachers. Students will graduate with a knowledge base in the variety of careers and professions related to working with young children, their families, and communities. The B.S. in ECE program does not lead directly to Florida teaching certification, it does prepare graduates for the Preschool Education (birth through age 4) subject area test.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Understand child development and learning related to supporting children’s early development and growth.
  • Develop ability to create positive family-teacher partnerships.
  • Observe, document, and assess young children to make informed decisions.
  • Demonstrate understanding of developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate teaching practices.
  • Demonstrate knowledge, application, and integration of content in the early childhood curriculum.
  • Demonstrate professionalism as an early childhood educator.

Separate Application

‡ Degrees/programs will require a separate application and acceptance notification from the specific department before enrollment in the desired program.

Admission Requirements

The admission requirements for entering the B.S. in Early Childhood Education:

  • Completed A.S. in Early Childhood or A.A. degree( with 2.0 GPA on a scale of 4.0), which must include EEC 1000 , EEC 1001 , EEC 1319 , EEC 1601  
  • Completion of one prerequisite course: EDF 1005  
  • Successful completion ( grade C or higher) in all prerequisite courses

Early Childhood Education Program Requirements

General Education Courses: 36 Credit Hours

General education courses from Areas I - V. 

Lower/Upper Level Electives: 15 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Students must earn a grade of C or better in all upper division program requirements.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 Department Chair for Education Programs 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.

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