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Program Overview

Early Childhood Education, Associate in Science (A.S.)

The A.S. degree in Early Childhood Education is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). This program provides students with a strong foundation in early childhood knowledge and prepares them for entry or continuation in the workforce. Students can also immediately begin the B.S. degree in Early Childhood Education upon conferral of the A.S. degree. Students will learn about developmentally appropriate practices for children from birth through 8 years old. There are multiple opportunities to observe and participate in classroom settings. Field experiences and the internship include a variety of ages and settings. Students will be eligible for at least one specialization certificate as part of the program.


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: $6,199.20 (up to an additional $600.00 for online fees)
  • Lab fees: $120.00
  • Textbooks: $2,121.75




Job Placement Rate


Enrolled ’19-’20

Careers at a Glance

Starting Salaries

Salaries begin at $13.82 per hour.

Employment Opportunities

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

Employers of FGC Graduates

  • Happy House
  • Open Arms
  • RCMA Child Development Center
  • Suwannee Valley 4Cs

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.

Program Notes
  • This program may be started at the beginning of each semester.
  • This program is accredited by the NAEYC.
  • This program offers students:
    • Experiential learning opportunities
    • Highly qualified professors
Program Guide & Syllabi

Student Guidebook

First Year:

Fall Semester: 12 Credit Hours

  • ENC 1101 – Freshman Composition I 3 credits **
  • MGF 1106 – Mathematics for Liberal Arts I 3 credits ** or
  • MGF 1107 – Mathematics for Liberal Arts II 3 credits ** or
  • Any General Education MAC or STA course
  • PSY 2012 – General Psychology I 3 credits **
  • MUL 1010 – Music Appreciation 3 credits ** or
  • HUM 2551 – Philosophy and Religion 3 credits **

Spring Semester: 13 Credit Hours

  • CHD 1220 – Child Growth & Development: Infant & Preschool 3 credits (Must be passed with a C or better)
  • BSC 2010C – General Biology I with Lab 4 credits, 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab (Must be passed with a C or better)
  • EEC 1001 – Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3 credits (Must be passed with a C or better)
  • EEC 2300 – Cognitive Experiences for Young Children 3 credits ** (Must be passed with a C or better)

Summer Term A: 6 Credit Hours

  • HUN 2410 – Basic Childhood Nutrition 3 credits **
  • EEC 1600 – Guiding the Young Child 3 credits

Summer Term B: 3 Credit Hours

  • EEC 2401 – Home and Community 3 credits **

Second Year:

Fall Semester: 12 Credit Hours

  • EEC 1601 – Child Study 3 credits **
  • EEC 2200 – Curriculum Overview 3 credits
  • EDF 1005 – Introduction to the Teaching Profession 3 credits ** (Must be
  • passed with a C or better)
  • EEC 1309 – Early Childhood Education Foundations 3 credits

Spring Semester: 14 Credit Hours

  • SPC 2608 – Public Speaking 3 credits **
  • EEC 2949 – Internship-Child Development 2 credits (Must be passed with a C or better)
  • EME 2040 – Introduction to Technology for Educators 3 credits **
  • Elective 3 credits
  • Elective 3 credits
  • Early Childhood Education A.S.

Total 60 Credit Hours


  • *Staff Credential (formerly known as CDAE) meets requirements for EEC 1001, EEC 2300, and CHD 1220.
  • **Distance Learning Options Available.
  • Recommended A.S. Early Childhood Education Electives or any general education transferable elective:
    • CHD 1312 – Infants and Toddlers
    • EEC 2002 – Operating Early Childhood Facility*
    • EEX 2013 – Special Needs in Early Childhood Education**
    • EDF 2085 – Introduction to Diversity for Educators**
    • CHD 1339 – Motor Development and Play
Learning Outcomes
  • Students will present information about the importance of play for early childhood
  • development.
  • Students will demonstrate their understanding of child development, determine factors influencing the child, and create a plan of action to support the child.
  • Students will analyze assessment data to create a plan of communication with parents and a plan of action to help support a child’s needs.
  • Students will create a 2-week curriculum module.
  • 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
  • BSC 2010C
    • Simon, E. J., Dickey, J. L., & Reece J. B. (2019). Campbell essential biology with physiology, books a la carte plus modified mastering biology with Pearson etext – access card package (6th ed.). New Jersey: Pearson.
    • Labster. (n.d.). BSC10TS-12 (pt). Labster, Inc.
  • ENC 1101
    • 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.
  • MUL 1010
    • Kamien, R. (2018). Music: An appreciation (12th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill Higher Education.
  • PSY 2012
    • Grison, S. & Gazzaniga, M. (2018). Psychology in your life (3rd ed.). New York: W. W. Norton & Company.
  • MGF 1106
    • Angel, A. R., Abbott, C. D., & Runde, D. (2017). A survey of mathematics with applications (10th ed.). New Jersey: Pearson.
  • SPC 2608
    • Floyd, K. (2019). Public speaking matters (2nd ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill Higher Education.
  • CHD 1220
    • No textbook required.
  • EDF 1005
    • Johnson, J. A., Musial, D. L., Hall, G. E., & Gollnick, D. M. (2018). Foundations of American education: Becoming effective teachers in challenging times (17th ed.). New Jersey: Pearson.
  • EEC 1001
    • 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
    • Beloglovsky, M. & Daly, L. (2015). Early learning theories made visible. St. Paul, MN: Redleaf Press.
  • EEC 1600
    • Marion, M. (2019). Guidance of young children (10th ed.). New Jersey: Pearson.
  • EEC 1601
    • McAffee, O., Leong, D. J., & Bodrova, E. (2016). Assessing and guiding young children’s development and learning (6th ed.). New Jersey: Pearson.
  • EEC 2200
    • No textbook required.
  • EEC 2300
    • Gronlund, G. (2014). Making early learning standards come alive 2nd ed.). St. Paul, MN: Red Leaf Press.
  • EEC 2401
    • Couchenour, D. & Chrisman, K. (2014). Families, schools, and communities: Together for young children (5th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.
  • EEC 2949
    • No textbook required.
  • EME 2040
    • Roblyer, M. D. & Hughes, J. E. (2019). Integrating educational technology into teaching: Transforming learning across disciplines (8th ed.). New Jersey: Pearson.
  • HUN 2410
    • Aronson, S. S. (2012). Healthy young children: A manual for programs (5th ed.). Washington, D.C.: NAEYC.