Childcare Degrees, Programs and Certificates

A.S. Degree Early Childhood Education

Why follow when you can lead the way?

Seminole State courses allow students the opportunity to be at the cutting edge of research and educational trends. Many courses can be used for renewal training hours. Look for what helps you attain your goals as an early learning specialist.

To comply with Florida State Law, Chapter 402.305 2 (a), each prospective student must be fingerprinted and undergo a FDLE Level II background screening before enrolling in the capstone course, EEC 1941 Early Childhood Practicum.  The cost of these procedures is the responsibility of the student. Information received is confidential and is required to determine the eligibility of the prospective student to work with children.

A.S. to B.S. Degree Articulation Program

The A.S. to B.S. Articulation Program with Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) is a 60 hour state approved teacher preparation program that builds on an existing associate's degree from Seminole State College. Graduates of the bachelor's online degree program will be eligible for Florida Professional Teacher Certification in Pre-Kindergarten/Primary Education (age 3- grade 3). 

FSCJ Acceptance Requirements: 

  • Completion of A.S. in Early Childhood Education with a GPA of 2.5 or above. 
  • Pass the Florida Teacher Certification Examination-General Knowledge Test (all four sections)
  • Complete EDF 2005 Introduction to Teaching 

Certificates

In addition to undergraduate degrees, Seminole State College offers Early Childhood Education certificates which prepare students for immediate employment!

Early Intervention Specialist

This specialization -- in response to an educational trend -- is designed to prepare students to obtain employment as a certified teacher's aide in public school settings or private industry and to meet the individual needs of children who require special care in a preschool setting.

Students may apply for this specialization after they have completed 36 credits from within the "Required Major Field" and "Major Field Electives" sections of the A.S. degree program with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. This specialization can normally be obtained within one year.

Child Care Center Management Specialization

This 12-credit hour certificate recognizes the completion of a series of courses needed by childcare center directors who wish to pursue college-credit study to complete educational requirements to become a Center Director in the State of Florida. The Department of Children and Families requires all center directors to have certain educational qualifications to hold a position as a director of a licensed center or family daycare home. 

Early Childhood Education Infant/Toddler Specialization

This 12-credit hour certificate recognizes the completion of a series of courses needed by early childhood teachers who wish to complete the college-credit requirements for a staff credential (FCCPC) to work in group care settings with children under the age of three. This certificate is upward compatible with the A.S. degree, Early Childhood Education.

Early Childhood Education Preschool Specialization

This 12-credit hour certificate recognizes the completion of a series of courses needed by early childhood teachers who wish to pursue college-credit study to complete educational requirements for a Florida Staff Credential (FCCPC). The Department of Children and Families requires all childcare centers to have teachers in their center who hold a Florida recognized staff credential. The certificate requirements meet the educational criteria to apply for the National CDA certificate or Florida Staff Credential, and the courses are designed to help students complete the necessary education requirements,

Educational Assisting

This 15-credit-hour certificate prepares students for employment as educational paraprofessionals, instructional coordinators, substitute teachers and other positions that provide educational assistance in an instructional setting. It also provides supplemental training for persons currently employed in the occupation. This program focuses on broad, transferable skills and stresses understanding and demonstration of the following elements of public service: planning, management, technical and production skills, underlying principles of classroom technology, reading and learning strategies and methods and other educational issues. This certificate is upward compatible with the A.S. degree, Early Childhood Education.

Early Childhood Inclusion Specialization

This certificate program is part of the Early Childhood Education Associate Degree. This program offers a sequence of courses that provides the students with a foundation in early childhood development, health, safety, and nutrition, and children with disabilities. The certificate prepares students to assume responsibilities for the care of children under the supervision of a lead teacher or supervisor. 

Florida Staff Credentials

Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC)

FCCPC is an approved training program by the Department of Children and Families (DCF) that has been determined to meet or exceed the requirements of the National Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential. The FCCPC is earned by completing 14 credit hours in the following course work: EEC 1000, EEC 2200, EEC 1603, EEC 2732, and EEC 1011 with a "C" or higher. Students must have standard high school diploma or GED, be at least 18 years of age, and currently work in a child care center. The student must have earned 480 hours of work experience before completing the academic program. Students wishing to obtain this staff credential should contact the Early Childhood Office to learn of any additional requirements that would be necessary to complete the credential. 

National CDA Staff Credential

The National CDA is an approved training program by the Department of Children and Families (DCF) that has been determined to meet the requirements of the Florida Staff Credential, as well as, recognized as a valid staff credential throughout the United States. The National CDA is earned by completing 14 credit hours in the following course work: EEC 1000, EEC 2200, EEC 1603, EEC 2732, and EEC 1011 with a "C" or higher. Students must have standard high school diploma or GED, be at least 18 years of age, and currently work in a child care center. The student must have earned 480 hours of work experience before completing the academic program. Students wishing to obtain this national credential should contact the Early Childhood Office to learn of additional requirements that would be necessary to complete the credential. 

Florida Director Credential

The Florida Director Credential is the educational requirement of all administrators/directors of early childhood centers or licensed family child care homes. Students who meet the Department of Children and Families requirement for the Foundation Level Director Credential must successfully complete EEC 1523. The courses that meet the DCF Advanced Level Director Credential requirement are EEC 2202, EEC 2527 and EEC 2520.

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