Early Childhood Education

Mission Statement

This program offers a sequence of courses that provides coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in the Education & Training career cluster; provides technical skill proficiency, and includes competency-based applied learning that contributes to the academic knowledge, higher-order reasoning and problem-solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills, technical skills, and occupation-specific skills, and knowledge of all aspects of the Education & Training career cluster.

Occupational Outlook

Curriculum Framework 

Program Content

The content includes but is not limited to organizational leadership, financial management, legal obligations and responsibilities, educational programming, marketing strategies, assessment, monitoring practices, observations, referrals and collaboration of programs with families and community resources.

Length of Program

The entire program requires 45 hours to complete. over the course of the program, students will earn an
Occupational Completion Point (OCP) certificate upon completing each of the following levels:

Florida Director Credential Core Requirements

  • Possess a High School diploma or GED
  • Complete the Department of Children and Families Part I Introductory Child Care Courses (5 courses, 30 hours)
  • Complete the DCF Special Needs Appropriate Practices course or a minimum of 8 hours of in-service training on children with disabilities
  • Possess an active Staff Credential

In addition, the Director Credential, Level I requires:

  • Completion of one DCF approved course in the curriculum content area Overview of Child Care Management (this course meets that requirement).

Note: This program is approved by the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) as meeting the course requirement for child care center directors.  Students who complete the program, and meet additional requirements, are eligible for the Florida Child Care Director Credential.  Additional information regarding the Director Credential can be found at https://training01-dcf.myflorida.com/dcf/cct/html/dirfaq.html2pdf.

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