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Early Childhood Education, Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

The Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education builds upon students’ prior knowledge and strengthens their foundation of early childhood education. Students will develop and refine their teaching philosophy, gain a better understanding of developmentally appropriate practices for children from birth to age 8, and have practical experiences in the classroom setting. Field experiences and the internship include a variety of ages and settings. This degree provides an alternate path to teacher certification for the Preschool Education subject area test.


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.


Classes are delivered online.


  • Tuition: $7,015.68 (up to an additional $600.00 for online fees)
  • Lab fees: $40.00
  • Textbooks: $2,178.95




Enrolled (’19-’20)


Certifications/Endorsements included

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Careers at a Glance

Starting Salaries

Salaries range from $26,679 to $55,210 per year.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of this program have a variety of career position opportunities, including child care and teaching positions.

Employers of FGC Graduates

  • Belmont Academy
  • Branford Elementary School
  • Niblack Elementary School
  • Suwannee Valley 4Cs

Program Details

Admission Requirements
  • Have a conferred A.A. or A.S. degree.
  • Complete and submit to the FGC Office of Enrollment Services the online Admission Application, as a baccalaureate student, along with all required, supporting documents.
  • Complete a BEC program application and submit to Dr. Sharron Cuthbertson
    • by mail: FGC, 149 S.E. College Place, Lake City, Florida 32025
    • by fax: (386) 754-4995
    • by email:
  • Obtain a grade of “C” (GPA 2.0) or better in all Gordon Rule courses.
  • Obtain a grade of “C” (GPA 2.0) or better in all education and early childhood education prerequisite courses.
Program Notes
  • This program may be started at the beginning of each semester.
  • There is limited access to this program.
  • This program offers students:
    • Experiential learning opportunities
    • Highly qualified professors with doctoral degrees
Program Guide & Syllabi

Student Guidebook

Associate of Arts Degree: 61 credit hours

  • 36 credit hours General Education Requirements
  • 3 credit hours EDF 1005
  • 22 credit hours electives

Upper Division Courses: 60 credit hours

  • EEC 3214 Early Childhood Education Learning Environment & Strategies
  • EEC 3301 Instructional Practices
  • EEC 3511 Infant and Toddler Curriculum
  • EEC 3731 Health, Nutrition and Safety of Young Children
  • EEC 3400 Parents as Teachers/Field Experience
  • EEC 3704 Education and Development of Young Children
  • EEC 3320 Principles and Methods for Teaching Early Childhood Social Studies
  • LAE 3405 Children’s Literature
  • EEC 4211 Integrated Math and Science in Early Childhood
  • EEC 4227 Creative Arts for Preschool Education/Field Experience
  • EEX 4201 Young Children with Special Needs
  • EEC 4661 Early Childhood Education Theory and Practice
  • EEX 3603 Positive Behavioral Supports in Inclusive Early Childhood Settings
  • EEC 4706 Language Development
  • EEC 4613 Assessment and Evaluation of Young Children
  • EEC 4940 Internship Early Childhood/Field Experience
Learning Outcomes
  • Students will use screening and assessment data to identify appropriate intervention, remediation, enrichment, or need for further evaluation.
  • Students will create a lesson plan related to a specific project focus.
  • Students will evaluate a classroom focusing on management issues.
  • Students will identify multiple topics related to nutrition, health, & safety and explain how
  • they support children’s growth & development.
  • Students will complete a self-assessment, identify goals, and summarize the two.
  • Students will write a reflection of their parent/teacher field experience.
Book List & Materials
  • AMH2020
    • Carnes, M. C. & Garraty, J. A. (2016). Revel for the American nation: A history of the United States, combined volume – access card (15th ed.). New Jersey: Pearson.
    • Unger, I. & Tomes, R. R. (2011). American issues: A primary source reader in United States history, Volume 2 (5th ed.). New Jersey: Pearson. DEP 2004 Kuther, T. L. (2019). Lifespan development: Lives in context (2nd ed.). Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publishers.
  • ENC1102
    • 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.
  • HUM 2551
    • Washburn. (n.d.). FGC custom philosophical dilemmas. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.
  • MGF 1107
    • Angel, A. R., Abbott, C. D., & Runde, D. (2017). A survey of mathematics with applications (10th ed.). New Jersey: Pearson.
  • PSC1341
    • Hewitt, P. G., Suchocki, J. A., & Hewitt, L. A. (2017). Conceptual physical science (6th ed.). New Jersey: Addison Wesley.
  • ASL1140
    • Smith. (2008). Signing naturally units 1-6 student set. San Diego, CA: Dawn Sign Press.
  • ASL1150
    • Smith. (2014). Signing naturally units 7-12 student set. San Diego, CA: Dawn Sign Press.
  • EEC3214
    • Jacobs, G. & Crowley, K. (2006). Play, projects, and preschool standards: Nurturing children’s sense of wonder and joy in learning. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • EEC3301
    • Follari, L. (2019). Foundations and best practices in early childhood education: History, theories, and approaches to learning (4th ed.). New Jersey: Pearson.
  • EEC3320
    • Odhiambo, E. A., Nelson, L. E., & Chrisman, K. (2016). Social studies and young children. New Jersey: Pearson.
  • EEC3400
    • Heath, P. (2018). Parent-child relationships: Context, research and application (4th ed.). New York, Pearson.
  • EEC3511
    • Peterson, S. H. & Wittmer, D. S. (2013). Endless opportunities for infant and toddler curriculum: A relationship-based approach (2nd ed.). New Jersey: Pearson.
  • EEC3704
    • Pica, R. (2015). What is everybody understood child development? Straight talk about bettering education and children’s lives. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
    • Sorte, J., Daeschel, I., & Amador, C. (2017). Nutrition, Health, and Safety for young children: Promoting wellness (3rd ed.). New Jersey: Pearson.
  • EEC3731
    • Sorte, J., Daeschel, I., & Amador, C. (2017). Nutrition, Health, and Safety for young children: Promoting wellness (3rd ed.). New Jersey: Pearson.
  • EEC4211
    • Chaille, C. & Davis, S. M. (2016). Integrating math and science in early childhood classrooms through big ideas: A constructivist approach. New Jersey: Pearson.
  • EEC4227
    • Isbell, R. & Yoshizawa, S. A. (2016). Nurturing creativity: An essential mindset for young children’s learning. Washington, D.C.: NAEYC.
    • Pollman, M. J. (2017). The young artist as scientist: What can Leonardo teach us? New York: Teachers College Press.
  • EEC4613
    • Grisham-Brown, J. & Pretti-Frontczak, K. (2011). Assessing young children in inclusive settings: The blended practices approach. Baltimore: Brookes Publishing.
    • Bohart, H. & Procopio, R. (2018). Spotlight on Young Children: Observation and Assessment. Washington, D.C.: NAEYC.
  • EEC4661
    • Hyson, M., & Tomlinson, H. B. (2014). The early years matter; Education, care, and the well-being of children, birth to age 8. New York: Teachers College Press.
  • EEC4706
    • Pandey, A. (2012). Language building blocks: Essential linguistics for early childhood education. New York: Teachers College Press.
  • EEC4940
    • Feeney, S. (2012). Professionalism in early childhood education. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
    • Feeney, S. & Freeman, N. K. (2018). Ethics and the early childhood educator: Using the NAEYC Code (3rd ed.). Washington, D.C.: NAEYC.
  • EEX3603
    • Feeney, S. & Freeman, N. K. (2018). Ethics and the early childhood educator: Using the NAEYC Code (3rd ed.). Washington, D.C.: NAEYC.
    • Simonsen, B. & Myers, D. (2015). Classwide positive behavior interventions and supports: A guide to proactive classroom management. New York: Guilford Press.
  • EEX4201
    • Grisham-Brown, J. & Hemmeter, M. L. (2017). Blended practices for teaching young children in inclusive settings (2nd ed.). Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes Publishing.
  • LAE3405
    • Short, K. G., Lynch-Brown, C. M., & Tomlinson, C. M. (2018). Essentials of children’s literature (9th ed.). New Jersey: Pearson