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Program Overview

Preschool Specialization, College Credit Certificate (C.C.C.)

The Preschool Specialization certificate is designed for students who are interested in working with children ages 3 and 4. Students will gain an understanding of how to work with preschool-aged children, who are changing from being toddlers to beginning primary school. They will learn about developmentally appropriate classrooms and their responsibilities for providing this group of children a foundation on which to begin kindergarten.  Students will also be eligible for the DCF Staff Credential upon completion of the program.

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: $1,239.84 (up to an additional $120.00 for online fees)
  • Lab fees: $40.00
  • Textbooks: $229.25


Credit hours


Job Placement Rate (includes continued education)



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Careers at a Glance

Starting Salaries

Salaries start at $11.65 per hour.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of this program have a variety of career position opportunities, including becoming a preschool teacher.

Employers of FGC Graduates

  • Baby Gator
  • Plato Academy Preschool of Tarpon Springs
  • Tiny Tots Preschool Too

Program Details

Admission Requirements

Students must have a high school diploma or GED® certificate 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

CCP Core Courses (see Child Care Professional)

  • EEC 1001 – Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3 credits 
  • CHD 1220 – Child Growth & Development: Infant & Preschool 3 credits 
  • EEC 2300 – Cognitive Experiences for Young Children 3 credits 
  • EEC 1600 – Guiding the Young Child 3 credits 

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.

Students will earn 12 college credits towards the Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education.

Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate their understanding of child development, determine factors influencing the child, and create a plan of action to support the child.

Book List & Materials
  • CHD1220
    • No textbook required.
  • EEC1001
    • 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. 
  • EEC1600
    • Marion, M. (2019). Guidance of young children (10th ed.). New Jersey: Pearson. 
  • EEC2300
    • Gronlund, G. (2014). Making early learning standards come alive 2nd ed.). St. Paul, MN: Red Leaf Press.