Early Childhood Education
Do you love working with children? Then Seminole State's Early Childhood Education Program may be right for you!
The demand for quality childcare providers continues to rise, resulting in numerous opportunities for well-trained childcare professionals. With Seminole State's Early Childhood Education Program, you will develop the skills you need to create safe, healthy and nurturing learning environments that meet the emotional, social, intellectual and physical needs of children in your care.
Through our articulation agreement, students can earn an Associate in Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Seminole State and transfer to Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree. These degrees prepare students to become highly-effective teachers from pre-kindergarten through grade 3.
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Seminole State College's Early Childhood Education Department strives to serve the early childhood community by providing a high-quality learning environment for students enrolled in its Early Childhood Education Program.
The early childhood curriculum at Seminole State is guided by a conceptual framework, which states:
"The foundation of our program and our work with students is built on the construct that children need opportunities to initiate activities and follow their interests through play. We strive to instruct our students to teach with knowledge and purpose in order for children to acquire the skills needed to succeed in school. We teach our students to be intentional teachers (Epstein, 2007), with emphasis placed on child-centered play and purposeful interaction. We want our students to develop a fundamental respect for children's curiosity and eagerness to learn, an appreciation for their culture and their families, and an understanding that each child is an individual."
Seminole State's Early Childhood Education Program is committed to delivering a curriculum tied to development and research-based ideas, which are proven to be best practices in the field. Faculty members are committed to serving as role models for students, emphasizing the core values of respect, integrity, excellence, knowledge and academic freedom to prepare students for professional success.
Our Associate in Science degree program in Early Childhood Education has recently been awarded seven-year accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).