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Program Overview

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.

The Early Childhood Education, B.S. degree at Florida Gateway College is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The current accreditation term runs from March 2022 through March 2029.

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.


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
  • 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.
  • This program offers students:
    • Experiential learning opportunities
    • Highly qualified professors with doctoral degrees
  • Full-time and part-time tracks available
    Full-time part-time degree plan

Program Guide & Syllabi

Student Guidebook

Associate of Arts Degree: 61 credit hours

  • 36 credit hours General Education Requirements
  • 25 credit hours electives

Upper Division Courses: 48 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
  • Child Development and Learning in Context
  • Family-Teacher Partnerships and Community Connections
  • Child Observation, Documentation, and Assessment
  • Developmentally, Culturally, and Linguistically Appropriate Teaching Practices
  • Knowledge, Application, and Integration of Academic Content in the Early Childhood Curriculum
  • Professionalism as an Early Childhood Educator
  • Outcome Measures
Book List & Materials
  • EEC3214
  • EEC3301
    • Follari, L. (2019). Foundations and best practices in early childhood education: History, theories, and approaches to learning (4th ed.). Pearson.
  • EEC3320
    • Odhiambo, E. A., Nelson, L. E., & Chrisman, K. (2016). Social studies and young children. Pearson.
  • EEC3400
    • Keyser, J. (2017). From parents to partners: Building a family-centered early childhood program (2nd ed.). Red Leaf Press.
  • EEC3511
    • Wittmer, D. S. & Honig, A. S. (2020). Day to day the relationship way: Creating responsive programs for infants and toddlers. NAEYC.
  • EEC3704
    • Pica, R. (2015). What is everybody understood child development? Straight talk about bettering education and children’s lives. Corwin Press.
  • EEC3731
    • Sorte, J., Daeschel, I., Amador, C., & Au, L. (2021). Nutrition, Health, and Safety for young children: Promoting wellness (4th ed.). Pearson..
  • EEC4211
    • Chaille, C. & Davis, S. M. (2016). Integrating math and science in early childhood classrooms through big ideas: A constructivist approach. Pearson.
  • EEC4227
    • Isbell, R. & Yoshizawa, S. A. (2016). Nurturing creativity: An essential mindset for young children’s learning. NAEYC.
    • Pollman, M. J. (2017). The young artist as scientist: What can Leonardo teach us? Teachers College Press.
  • EEC4613
    • Grisham-Brown, J. & Pretti-Frontczak, K. (2011). Assessing young children in inclusive settings: The blended practices approach. Brookes Publishing.
    • Bohart, H. & Procopio, R. (2018). Spotlight on Young Children: Observation and Assessment. NAEYC.
  • EEC4661
    • Hyson, M., & Tomlinson, H. B. (2014). The early years matter; Education, care, and the well-being of children, birth to age 8. Teachers College Press.
  • EEC4706
    • Pandey, A. (2012). Language building blocks: Essential linguistics for early childhood education. Teachers College Press.
  • EEC4940
    • Feeney, S. (2012). Professionalism in early childhood education. Pearson.
    • Feeney, S. & Freeman, N. K. (2018). Ethics and the early childhood educator: Using the NAEYC Code (3rd ed.). NAEYC.
  • EEX3603
    • Feeney, S. & Freeman, N. K. (2018). Ethics and the early childhood educator: Using the NAEYC Code (3rd ed.). NAEYC.
    • Simonsen, B. & Myers, D. (2015). Classwide positive behavior interventions and supports: A guide to proactive classroom management. Guilford Press.
  • EEX4201
    • Grisham-Brown, J. & Hemmeter, M. L. (2017). Blended practices for teaching young children in inclusive settings (2nd ed.). Paul H. Brookes Publishing.
  • LAE3405
    • Short, K. G., Lynch-Brown, C. M., & Tomlinson, C. M. (2018). Essentials of children’s literature (9th ed.). Pearson