Early Childhood Education Programs
The Early Childhood Education program includes all the required training for the Florida Department of Education Early Childhood Professional Certificate. Additionally, students can complete the Child Care Director program which prepares them to manage a child care program. Completion of these programs earn students Florida Department of Children and Families credentials required for licensure. These programs qualify students to work as child care teachers and directors, VPK teachers, Early Learning Coalition positions, Early Childhood Advocates, and Parent Advocates.
Associate in Science Degree
The Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education is designed to prepare students for entry into careers in education and childcare. Education paraprofessionals serving as aides and assistants may complete the degree to satisfy requirements associated with the career. This program degree satisfies the Staff Credential and Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) Instructor requirements for child care licensure and VPK participation.
NOTE: Students with training and credentials from the Department of Children and Families may be eligible to receive college credit if the trainings and credentials meet the requirement of articulation.
The preschool certificate program is part of the Early Childhood Education A.S. degree program. It is designed to provide the skills for immediate employment or job advancement. Admission requirements are the same as for degree seeking college credit programs.
The child care management certificate program is part of the Early Childhood Education A.S. degree program. It is designed to provide skills for immediate employment or job advancement. Admission requirements are the same as for degree seeking college credit programs.
he Early Childhood Education Program focuses on broad, transferable skills for the Early Childhood industry: planning, management, finance, and technology skills; understanding of labor, community, health, safety, and environmental issues; and developmentally appropriate practices for children (Birth-8 Years).
The Child Care Director Program focuses on broad, transferable skills for program
directors/managers in the Early Childhood Industry.
MORE INFO: Tara Orlowski, M.Ed., Early Childhood Education Program, Bldg. 13, (850) 973-1789 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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