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Early Childhood Education


NEXT CLASS BEGINS August 16, 2022 (Click Here for more information)

The Early Childhood Education program prepares the student for employment as a lead preschool teacher in a private preschool setting. With successful completion of this program, the student will earn the Florida Department of Education Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPC) along with the Florida Department of Education Children and Families Staff Credential.


The major areas of training for this program include the mandated Department of Children and Families (DCF) 45-hour courses, along with creating and implementing lesson plans, interpersonal relations, community issues, developmentally appropriate practices (DAP), children with special needs, professionalism and employability skills. Students enrolled in this program will be prepared to pursue the national Child Development Associate (CDA).


Student will receive hands-on training in class and through an assigned internship at a private preschool.


Course Number

Course Title



Child Care Worker 1

150 hours


Child Care Worker 2

150 hours


Teacher Aide (Preschool)

150 hours


Preschool Teacher

150 hours


Program Hours and Schedule

600 hours ǀ Part-Time: 10 months ǀ Hybrid*

Monday – Friday, 9:15am – 12:45pm


Actual start and end times will vary based on internship and online assignments.


Enrollment: August and January


*Students enrolled in distance and/or hybrid programs must have daily access to a computer with internet and a valid email address that they check daily. Additionally, students must have all necessary hardware and software components required by their program.



Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPE) ǀ Staff Credential


Employment Opportunities

Private Preschool Lead Teacher ǀ Private Preschool Assistant Teacher


College Credit

Graduates may be awarded credits towards an Associate of Science Degree or Associate of Applied Science Degree at select Florida state colleges. Please click here for additional details.


Program Costs

FL Resident Tuition


Out of State Tuition




Books and Supplies


Industry Certification


FL Resident Total


Out of State Total



*Prices are subject to change without notice.


Financial assistance is available to those who qualify. Please visit https://studentaid.gov/ to apply.


Admissions Requirements

  • Applicants must have a standard high school diploma or GED®.
  • Schedule a basic skills assessment ($15) or provide official documentation of a basic skills exemption to your program counselor/advisor.
  • Schedule an appointment with your program counselor/advisor for basic skills assessment results and/or a program specific orientation.
  • Applicants must complete a physical exam and background check.
  • Register for classes during open enrollment. Program registration runs on a first come, first served basis.


Program Counselor/Advisor

Meghan Emerson, Certified School Counselor

[email protected]


For additional information, please contact the Office of Admissions at (754) 321-5700.