Early Childhood Education

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.

FCCPC Certificate

The Birth through Five Florida Child Care Professional Certificate (FCCPC) Program is available ONLINE. This program is designed to provide the skills for immediate employment or job advancement working with young children in childcare centers. Successful completion of all FCCPC program components meets the Department of Children and Families (DCF) requirements for a Staff Credential and is aligned with requirements for the National Child Development Associate (CDA). Admission requirements are the same as those for degree seeking college credit programs. The FCCPC program consists of four (4) – three (3) credit hour courses with two (2) courses taught each term (Fall and Spring) to complete the program in only two (2) semesters. Completion of a FCCPC Portfolio is required.

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.

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T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship Opportunity

All NFCC Early Childhood Education programs are eligible for the T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship. The T.E.A.C.H. program provides training and compensation to improve the quality of early childhood care and education experiences by providing scholarships for caregivers and center directors.


Admission, program and degree requirements are subject to change. Contact the NFCC Early Childhood Education Director or NFCC Admissions for the most current information.