Childcare Degrees, Programs and Certificates

A.S. Degree Early Childhood Education

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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.

Certificates

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.

For students who are completing the college-credit CDA, this new specialization could satisfy the Director Credential special-needs course.

Inclusion and Special Needs in Early Childhood Education (EEX 2013) meets the requirements of this specialization. 

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 to work in group care settings with children under the age of five. 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 the National CDA Certificate. The Department of Children and Families requires all childcare centers to have teachers in their center who hold a CDA certificate. The certificate requirements meet the educational criteria to apply for the National CDA certificate, 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 Professional (ECPC) Post-Secondary Adult Vocational Certificate

This program prepares students who work with children 3 to 5 years old in a licensed childcare setting to provide quality care to young children. The program includes, but is not limited to, competencies related to planning of curriculum, health, safety and knowledge of developmentally appropriate practices. At the completion of the program, students receive a staff credential recognized by the Department of Children and Families. This program is equivalent to the National Child Development Associate (CDA).

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