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Child Development Early Intervention Specializations, College Credit Certificate (C.C.C.)

The Child Development Early Intervention certificate is designed for students to obtain their DCF Tier 3 Credential. The focus of this program is on how to work with children who need more intensive early intervention than other children. In their studies, students will learn about appropriate observation and assessment tools, working with parents, and have multiple opportunities to observe and participate in classroom settings. With inclusive classrooms becoming more common, students need an understanding of how to work with diverse abilities to meet the needs of all children. They will also be eligible for the DCF Staff Credential as part of the program.

Review the guided degree pathway where you will find a detailed plan for your courses and other requirements each semester that prepare you for graduation and your transfer goals.


Florida Gateway College Online

Testing Entrance Requirements

Students must demonstrate competence in reading, math, or language through placement examination or by passing the appropriate reading, math or language courses, if not exempt by state board of education rule 6A-10.0315. A student who does not achieve minimum scores will be required to take developmental educations classes in English, math, reading, and SLS 1501 the College Experience.


This program is online only.


  • Tuition: $3,719.52 (additional $360.00 for online fees)
  • Lab fees: $80.00
  • Textbooks: $934.25


Credit Hours




Job placement (included continued education)

Careers at a Glance

Starting Salaries

Salaries begin at $26,640 per year or $11.71 per hour.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of this program have a variety of career position opportunities, including becoming a Child Care Teacher and Teacher Assistant.

Employers of FGC Graduates

  • Southridge Day School

Program Details

Admission Requirements

To be officially considered for this program, a student must have a high school diploma or GED certificate, submit an application to FGC, and take a placement exam if not exempt by the state board of education rule 6A-10.0315. Insufficient scores will require students to take appropriate developmental education courses and SLS 1501 The College Experience for 3 credits.  

Program Notes
  • This program may be started during any semester.
  • This program offers students:
    • Experiential learning opportunities
    • Highly qualified professors
Program Guide & Syllabi

Child Care Professional Core Courses:

  • EEC 1001 – Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3 credits  
  • CHD 1220 – Child Growth & Development: Infant & Preschool 3 credits  
  • EEC 2300 – Cognitive Experiences for Young Children 3 credits 
  • ENC 1101 – Freshman Composition I 3 credits  
  • SPC 2608 – Public Speaking 3 credits  
  • CHD 1339 – Motor Development and Play 3 credits  
  • EEC 1309 – Early Childhood Education Foundations 3 credits  
  • EEC 1601 – Child Study 3 credits  
  • EEC 2401 – Home and Community 3 credits  
  • EEX 2013 – Special Needs in Early Childhood Education 3 credits  
  • HUN 2410 – Basic Childhood Nutrition 3 credits  
  • EEC 1941 – Internship-Early Intervention 1 credit (Must be passed with a C or better)
  • EEC 2949 – Internship-Child Development 2 credits (Must be passed with a C or better)

Students will earn 36 college credits towards the Associate of Science (A.S.) in Early Childhood Education.

These 36 hours cannot be a combination of 36 Personal Enrichment hours; they must be declared as a major in the degree or certificate-seeking process. 

Learning Outcomes
  • Students will present information about the importance of play to early childhood development.
  • Students will analyze assessment data to create a plan to communicate with parents and a plan of action to help support child’s needs.
  • Students will create a newsletter reflecting their personal beliefs on various aspects of the early childhood classroom.
  • Students will write a reflection about the internship experience.
Book List & Materials
  • ENC 1101 3 credits
    • Lunsford, A., Brody, M., Ede, L., Moss, B., Papper, C. C., & Walters, K. (2020). Everyone’s an author with readings (3rd ed.). New York: W. W. Norton & Company.
  • SPC 2608 3 credits
    • Floyd, K. (2019). Public speaking matters (2nd ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill Higher Education.
  • CHD 1220 3 credits
    • No textbook required
  • CHD 1339 3 credits
    • Carlson, F.M. (2011). Big Body Play: Why boisterous, vigorous, and very physical play is essential to children’s development and learning. Washington, D.C.: NAEYC.
    • Cross, A. (2010). Come and Play: Sensory-integration strategies for children with play challenges. St. Paul, MN: Redleaf Press.
  • EEC 1001 3 credits
    • Copple, C., Bredekamp, S., & Gonzalez-Mena, J. (2011). Basics of developmentally appropriate practice: An introduction for teachers of infants & toddlers. Washington, D.C.: NAEYC.
    • Copple, C. & Bredekamp, S. (2006). Basics of developmentally appropriate practice: An introduction for teachers of children 3 to 6. Washington, D.C.: NAEYC.
    • Copple, C. & Bredekamp, S. (Eds.). (2009). Developmentally appropriate practice in early childhood programs: Serving children from birth through age 8 (3rd ed.). Washington, D.C.: NAEYC. 
  • EEC 1309 3 credits
    • Beloglovsky, M. & Daly, L. (2015). Early learning theories made visible. St. Paul, MN: Redleaf Press. Epstein, A. S. (2014). The intentional teacher: Choosing the best strategies for young children’s learning (2nd ed.). Washington, D.C.: NAEYC. 
  • EEC 1601 3 credits
    • McAffee, O., Leong, D. J., & Bodrova, E. (2016). Assessing and guiding young children’s development and learning (6th ed.). New Jersey: Pearson.
  • EEC 1941 3 credits
    • No Book
  • EEC 2300 3 credits
    • Gronlund, G. (2014). Making early learning standards come alive 2nd ed.). St. Paul, MN: Red Leaf Press.  
  • EEC 2401 3 credits
    • Couchenour, D. & Chrisman, K. (2014). Families, schools, and communities: Together for young children (5th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.
  • EEC 2949 3 credits
    • No Book
  • EEX 2013 3 credits
    • Howard, V.F., Williams, B.F., Miller, D. and Aiden, E. (2014). Very young children with special needs (5th ed.). New Jersey: Pearson.
  • HUN 2410 3 credits
    • Aronson, S. S. (2012). Healthy young children: A manual for programs (5th ed.). Washington, D.C.: NAEYC.