Early Childhood Education, Associate in Science (A.S.)
Our Mission: The Associate in Science (AS) Degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE) will provide early childhood educators with a solid foundation of knowledge of early childhood education based on developmentally appropriate practice and child growth and development.
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.
The Associate in Science Early Childhood Education Program 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 July 1, 2017, through July 31, 2024.
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.
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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.
Salaries begin at $13.82 per hour.
Graduates of this program have a variety of career position opportunities, including becoming a Child Care Teacher or Teacher Assistant.
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.
Fall Semester: 12 Credit Hours
Spring Semester: 13 Credit Hours
Summer Term A: 6 Credit Hours
Summer Term B: 3 Credit Hours
Spring Semester: 14 Credit Hours
Total 60 Credit Hours
STUDENTS WILL DEMONSTRATE AN UNDERSTANDING OF HOW TO SUPPORT CHILDREN’S DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING IN CONTEXT
STUDENTS WILL DEMONSTRATE THEIR ABILITY TO CREATE POSITIVE FAMILY-TEACHER PARTNERSHIPS
STUDENTS WILL DEMONSTRATE THEIR ABILITY TO OBSERVE, DOCUMENT, AND ASSESS CHILDREN
STUDENTS WILL DEMONSTRATE THEIR UNDERSTANDING OF DEVELOPMENTALLY, CULTURALLY, AND LINGUISTICALLY APPROPRIATE TEACHING PRACTICES
STUDENTS WILL DEMONSTRATE KNOWLEDGE, APPLICATION, AND INTEGRATION OF ACADEMIC CONTENT IN THE EARLY CHILDHOOD CURRICULUM
STUDENTS WILL DEMONSTRATE PROFESSIONALISM AS AN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR
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