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Early Childhood Education Programs
Explore a Rewarding Career in Early Childhood Education
NFCC’s Early Childhood Education program includes degrees and certificates designed to prepare students for careers in early childhood education and child care.
Earn Credentials for Rewarding Career Paths
- Child Care Teachers and Directors
- VPK Teachers
- Early Learning Coalition Representatives
- Early Childhood and Parent Advocates
Program Degrees and Certificates
A.A. Degree: Education Emphasis in Early Childhood
A two-year (60 Credit Hours) program designed to prepare students for careers in education and childcare. Students interested in obtaining a Florida DCF Staff Credential are eligible to apply through the Department of Children and Families with an Associate degree or higher. Requirements include at least 6 college credit hours in early childhood education/child development and at least 480 hours experience in a child care setting serving children ages birth through eight years of age. Degree also includes the course that meets the Overview of Child Care Management requirement for the Florida DCF Director Credential, but other requirements must be met in order to receive Level I status.
Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPC) A 600-hour program with four occupational completion points. Each level consists of classroom instruction and direct work with children. Completion of all four levels meets the staff credential requirement for the Florida Department of Children and Families.
Child Care Center Operations This 45-hour program meets the Overview of Child Care Management requirement for the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) Director Credential, which is required for directors of licensed child care facilities in Florida.
Child Care Management (EEC 2521)
This three-credit-hour class provides a review of the core competencies required of current and potential child care program directors managing early childhood programs. Topics include budgeting, legal issues, personnel, working with families and community partners, food service, health issues, and program safety management. The course fulfills the Overview of Child Care Management course requirement for the Florida Department of Children and Families’ Child Care Director Credential.
Need to Renew Your Florida Teaching Certificate? Take NFCC's "Teaching Exceptional Children" Course (EEX 1010)
MORE INFO: Contact Early Childhood Education Instructor Denise Callaway, 850-973-9449 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Programs of Study