Pinellas Technical College

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Early Childhood Education Apprenticeship

ECE Apprent 2  

Mission: The mission of this program is to provide comprehensive training for early childhood teachers that will certify them as Child Care Development Specialists.

Length: 2 Years

Description: Students may receive credit for experiential learning for up to one year. Apprentices learn the laws and rules that govern the state and local community in which they are employed; how to plan and establish a safe, clean and healthy learning environment; skills in observation and recording methods; communication skills; how to recognize developmentally appropriate practices and guidance techniques; professionalism, how to identify community needs and resources; and how to take an active role as part of the child care center staff.

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Distance Education: Pinellas Technical College also offers the Early Childhood Education (Child Care) Apprenticeship program in an online format. The online program is exactly like the traditional onsite program with one exception; the 144 hours of academic theory is delivered via computer as opposed to having face-to-face classroom instruction. Students with proficient computer skills may opt for enrollment into the online apprenticeship program. On-the-job training of 2000 hours is a requirement with a Child Care Coordinator visiting students periodically throughout the length of the program.

Articulation Agreement(s): Statewide Early Childhood Education, A.A.S./A.S. Degree
St. Petersburg College Early Childhood Education, A.S. Degree
Statewide Industry Certification - Child Development Associate to Early Childhood Education, A.A.S./A.S. Degree 

Industry Certification(s): Child Care Development Specialist

Contact Information:
Victoria Cribb
(727) 893-2500, extension 2606
Cell –727-638-2069

Raina Young
(727) 893-2500 extension 2541
Cell - 727 504-9677
Joan Grandi
(727) 538-7167, extension 2133
Cell - 727-403-6488

Nancy McGreevy
(727) 538-7167, extension 2043
Cell –727-638-1146


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* Length of program and all costs are approximate and subject to change.