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Catalog/Handbook 2022-2023 
Catalog/Handbook 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Early Childhood Education and Management, AS

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Program: AS-25320

The Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education and Management degree program provides a study of classroom skills and practical experiences for teachers of young children. The curriculum emphasizes an application of the skills necessary to meet the emotional, creative, social, cognitive, and physical needs of children in infant, toddler, and preschool classroom and caregiving settings. A graduate of this program can seek employment as a manager, director, coordinator, or teacher in a home-based, faith-based, private, or public child development center, as well as a Head Start Program, preschool, or other program for young children. This degree program also includes courses for the Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC), the Florida Director Credential, and the Florida VPK Director Credential.

Certain courses in this program require placement at the college level or satisfaction of developmental education requirements in reading, writing, and mathematics.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs):
Upon successful completion of this program, the graduate is able to:         
PLO 1: Explain developmental tasks relative to the various stages of development of young children.
PLO 2: Plan a developmentally and culturally appropriate program curriculum that is inclusive of activities that facilitate principles and processes of child development to enhance the whole child.
PLO 3: Use appropriate guidance and classroom management techniques.
PLO 4: Create a system of on-going observation, assessment, and documentation.
PLO 5: Design a safe, clean, and healthy learning environment while supporting state and local regulations and accreditation standards to maintain a quality program.
PLO 6: Build ongoing communication and alliances with staff, families, programs, and other community resources.
PLO 7: Describe major components of a sound business management plan.
PLO 8: Execute a commitment to professional and ethical standards by demonstrating leadership and organizational skills, as well as focusing on effective written and oral communication.
PLO 9: Assemble appropriate observation techniques with regards to special needs criteria through observation, assessment, and documentation.
PLO 10: Design appropriate activities for math and science based on child development milestones.

General Education Requirements (17-18 Credits Required)

Electives (3-4 Credits Required)

The student may take any approved course as an elective.

A student interested in pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education is encouraged to take EME 2040 Introduction to Technology for Educators as an elective.

Total Program Hours: 60

Civic Literacy Competency

Pursuant to Rule 6A-10.02413 of the Florida Administrative Code, effective Fall 2022 competency in civic literacy is a requirement for all students receiving an Associate in Science degree. Competency in civic literacy must be demonstrated in the following ways:

AND Florida Civic Literacy Examination (Score of 60% or better)


  • Or completing one of the following assessments with the score indicated:
    • AP Government and Politics: United States (Score of 3 or better)
    • AP United States History (Score of 4 or better)
    • CLEP: American Government (Score of 50 or better)
    • Florida Civic Literacy Examination (Score of 60% or better)

Note: All approved accelerated credit is listed in the Credit-By-Exam Equivalencies. The Credit-by-Exam section of the Florida State Articulation Committee website provides further details.

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