Early Childhood Education

  • Early Childhood Education

    Length 600 Hours
    Admissions Contact

    Cheri Ashwood | ASHWOODC@pcsb.org

    727-893-2500, ext. 2325

    Course Information

    Cheri Ashwood | ASHWOODC@pcsb.org

    727-893-2500, ext. 2325

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    Mission: The mission of this program is to prepare students for employment in the early childhood education industry and understand developmentally appropriate practices for children birth through age eight. Graduates will be eligible for the DCF Staff Credential.

    Program E300100 consists of a planned sequence of courses.

    This program is approved by the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) as meeting the training requirements for childcare personnel/ preschool teachers, 65C-22.001(6), F.A.C.  Students who complete all courses in this program and meet additional requirements, including the 480-hour work experience requirement, can be awarded the Florida Department of Education (FDOE), Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPC) and will be eligible for a DCF Staff Credential.  


    Child Care Worker 1 - Course HEV0870 (150 hours) – Students learn the laws and rules that govern the state and local community in which they are employed. Planning and establishing a safe, clean, and healthy learning environment is also included. Students also gain skills in observation and recording methods, communication skills, as well as recognizing developmentally appropriate practices and guidance techniques.


    Child Care Worker 2 - Course HEV0871 (150 hours) – Professionalism, creating a safe, healthy environment and use of materials to enrich the classroom are covered. Students will identify developmentally appropriate practices for programs serving children from birth through age eight. 


    Teacher Aide (Preschool) - Course HEV0872 (150 hours) Students will create, implement, and evaluate lesson plans and plan developmentally appropriate activities for infants and toddlers.

    Preschool Teacher - Course HEV0873 (150 hours) – Students will obtain certifications in Pediatric/Adult First Aid and CPR AED Training, create an environment conducive to learning, and work on a professional portfolio using state criteria.

    This program requires students to obtain 480 hours of direct work experience with children 5 years old or younger while enrolled in the program to be awarded the Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPC). 


    Distance Education: Hybrid option available


    Industry Certification(s): Florida Department of Education (FDOE), Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPC) and eligible for a DCF Staff Credential.  


    Minimum Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirement:  70%


    Minimum Attendance Requirement:  70%


    Basic Skills Exit Requirement for Program CompletionStudent's competency in computation (mathematics) and communication (reading/language arts) is assessed; required basic skills grade levels are: Computation - 10 and Communication - 9.


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    Program length and costs are approximate, and subject to change.

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