A. S. Early Childhood Education Program Goals and Courses

Program Goal:

To prepare students for immediate employment as child care center teachers or managers, early intervention associates, child care curriculum coordinators, infant/toddler teachers or preschool teachers. This program prepares the student to assume primary responsibility for long-range planning for the care in child care centers, licensed home care centers, Volunteer Pre-Kindergarten (VPK), para-professions in the Public school system, with education and guidance of young children. Supplementary training for persons previously or currently employed in these occupations also is provided. This program transfers into the State College of Florida Early Childhood Bachelor degree - Birth through Four Year olds.

Program Entrance Requirements 

To be admitted to the Early Childhood Education Degree Program*, a student must have: 

  1. A standard high school diploma.
  2. Achieved a level of mathematics proficiency which qualifies the students for entry into MAT1033 or higher, as demonstrated by the standard placement criteria currently in use a State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF);
  3. Achieved a level of English and reading proficiency which qualifies the student for entry into ENC1101 or higher, as demonstrated by the standard placement criteria currently in use at SCF;
  4. Successfully completed Introduction to Early Childhood Education (EEC1000) with a grade of "C" or better.

Effective Fall 2013, no new students are being accepted into an A.A.S. degree program. Students currently enrolled will have two years (Summer 2015) to complete the A.A.S. specific requirements of the program.

General Academic Courses** 

Students may take these courses at any time during their program of study.



Semester Hours

ENC 1101 Written Communication I
Mathematics+ Choose from Area II, A.S. 3
Humanities Choose from Area IV, A.S.


Behav. Sci. Choose from Area III, A.S. 3
EME 2040 Intro. to Technology for Educators Area V, A.S. 3
HSC 2401 Emergency First Aid and CPR  3


Program Core Courses**

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



Semester Hours

EEC 1000 Intro to Early Childhood Education
EEC 1601 Observing & Recording Children's Behavior 3
EDF 1030 Effective Classroom Management


EDF 2085 Intro to Diversity for Educators & Field Experience 3
EEC 2401 Family Interactions and Cultural Continuity 3
EEX 2010 Intro to Exceptional Learners 3
EEC 1001 Early Childhood Growth and Development 3
Elective Choose from EDF, EDG, EEC program courses 3
EEC 1319 Portfolio Development & Performance Observations 3
EDG 2949 Internship in Education 3


Plus One Specialization Area**

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



Semester Hours

Preschool Teacher

EEC 1312 EEC 2217 EDF 1005, EEC 2226 or EME 2040 or THE 2820 EEC 2002

Family Child Care EEC 1312 EEC 2217 EEC 2527 or EEC 2520 or EEC 2202 EEC 2002 12
Child Dev. Ctr. Management EEC 2202 EEC 2520 EEC 2527 EEC 2002


*   A related certificate also is offered. See certificate listing. ** A grade of "C" or better must be attained for each course taken for this degree. +  Students may elect to earn an SCF A.S. degree if they complete a Gordon Rule math course.

Articulated credit from a technical institute/secondary school may be applicable. Contact the SCF director of career and technical education for more information.

Students who want the Florida Child Care Professional Certificate must complete EEC 1000, 1001, 1601 and EDG 1319 and register with SCF's corporate and community development at 941-363-7203phone icon.

Students who want the National CDA (Child Development Associate) Credential must complete EEC 1000, 1001, 1601 and 1319 and apply to the National Council for Early Childhood Recognition to complete the credentialing process.  The Council's number is 1-800-424-4310phone icon.

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, 2527 and 2520.


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