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Program Overview

Early Childhood Inclusion Specialization, College Credit Certificate (C.C.C.)

The purpose of this program is to prepare students as early childhood education caregivers with an Early Childhood Inclusion Specialization or to provide supplementary training for personnel previously or currently employed in these occupations. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires children to be educated in the Least Restrictive Environment. As a result, there is an increased need for childcare center teachers to have education in working with young children with disabilities. Inclusive classrooms and the benefits of early intervention are becoming more widely known and understood. This certificate program will enhance a teacher’s employability in the marketplace. The 12-credit hour certificate is composed of coursework already embedded in the Child Development Early Intervention certificate program. This certificate will provide students with an intermediate step as they work toward the CDEI certificate and continue on to the AS degree in Early Childhood Education.

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.


Classes are delivered online.


  • Tuition: $1,279.84 (up to an additional $120.00 for online fees)
  • Lab fees: $40.00
  • Textbooks: $249.25


Credit Hours



Careers at a Glance

Starting Salaries

Salaries begin at $11.65 per hour or $26,640 per year.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of this program have a variety of career position opportunities as early childhood education caregivers. Specifically, graduates can become Child Care Teachers and Teacher Assistants.

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 during the fall or spring semesters.
  • This program offers students:
    • Experiential learning opportunities
    • Highly qualified professors
Program Guide & Syllabi

The 4 courses for this program are: CHD 1220, EEC 1001, EEC 2300, and EEC 2013. To learn more about the courses included in the Early Childhood Inclusion Specialization, C.C.C., refer to the A.S. in Early Childhood Education.

These 12 hours cannot be a combination of 12 Personal Enrichment hours; they must be declared as a major in the degree or certificate-seeking process.

By completing these courses, students will earn 12 college credits towards the Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education.

Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate knowledge of early intervention and inclusion strategies.

Book List & Materials
  • CHD 1220
    • No textbook required.
  • 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 2300
    • Gronlund, G. (2014). Making early learning standards come alive (2nd ed.). St. Paul, MN: Red Leaf Press.
  • EEX 2013
    • Howard, V.F., Williams, B.F., Miller, D. and Aiden, E. (2014). Very young children with special needs (5th ed.). New Jersey: Pearson.