Love little smiling faces? The A.S. degree in Early Childhood Education opens up exciting career options for you in the child care field. If you dream of teaching as a lead teacher in a child care center or VPK classroom the A.S. degree will help you fulfill that goal. Our program offers a smooth transition from the A.S. in Early Childhood Education to a B.S. degree and you never have to leave Florida Gateway College. All courses are offered online and are designed to support students whether they currently work in the field or are just interested in making a career change.

Do you desire a fulfilling career? Feel the satisfaction of providing a quality education for young children! With a B.S. degree in Early Childhood Education you have multiple opportunities in the child care field. When you complete this program you are eligible to take the state exam for teaching certification in Early Childhood Education. Our courses are designed with the working individual in mind, whether you are currently working in the field or are making a career change. All courses are offered online at Florida Gateway College with a highly qualified program coordinator and instructors working to make you a success.

Early Childhood Education, B.S.

The BS degree in ECE builds on students’ prior knowledge and strengthens their foundation of early childhood knowledge.

The BS degree provides students the opportunity to enter the field of teaching through an alternative pathway.

Students entering the BS degree program have already obtained an AA or AS degree. It is an additional 60-credit hour program via an online format.

Examples of jobs sought by graduates of the Associate of Science in Graphics Design Technology include:

  • Child Care Teacher
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Early Childhood Curriculum Specialist
  • Paraprofessional
  • Eligible for certification exams to become certified teacher PreK/Primary

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Early Childhood Education, A.S.

The AS degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE) provides students with a strong foundation in early childhood knowledge and prepares them for entry or continuation in the workforce.

The AS degree also articulates fully into the BS degree program at FGC.

The AS degree program is a 60-credit hour program via an online format.

Examples of jobs sought by graduates of the Associate of Science in Graphics Design Technology include:

  • Child Care Teacher
  • Child Care Center Director
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Early Childhood Curriculum Specialist
  • Paraprofessional

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Child Care Center Management, C.C.C.

The Child Care Center Management certificate provides students the opportunity to receive a DCF Director Credential.

Students also receive a specialization certificate while continuing to work toward an AS degree.

Examples of jobs sought by graduates of the Associate of Science in Graphics Design Technology include:

  • Child Care Center Director

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Child Care Center Professional, Non-Degree option

The Child Care Professional (CCP) is the 9 credit hour, Personal Enrichment enrollment option. This core consists of three courses which focus on eight areas of competency regarding the care of young children, such as health and safety, professionalism, child care center management and promoting the cognitive, emotional, social and physical development of young children. Upon completion of this program, with a passing grade of C or better, students are eligible to apply for the Florida Staff Credential. Students will earn 9 college credits towards the Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education.

This program is for students who are already working or volunteering in an early childhood classroom, and the students must have at least 480 hours of classroom experience prior to admittance to the program, in addition to a GED or high school diploma. During the CCP program, students are formally observed and evaluated in their classroom settings. The CCP program may be completed in one semester. Classes are scheduled online.

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Preschool Specialization, C.C.C.

The Child Care Center Management certificate provides students the opportunity to receive a DCF Director Credential. Students also receive a specialization certificate while continuing to work toward an AS degree.

Examples of jobs sought by graduates of the Associate of Science in Graphics Design Technology include:

  • Preschool Teacher

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Infant and Toddlers Specialization, C.C.C.

The Infant/Toddler Specialization certificate provides students the opportunity to receive a specialization certificate while continuing to work toward an AS degree.

Examples of jobs sought by graduates of the Associate of Science in Graphics Design Technology include:

  • Infant / Toddlers Teacher

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Child Development Early Intervention Specialization, C.C.C.

The Child Development Early Intervention certificate provides students the opportunity to receive a specialization certificate while continuing to work toward an AS degree.

Examples of jobs sought by graduates of the Associate of Science in Graphics Design Technology include:

  • Child Care Teacher
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Early Childhood Curriculum Specialist

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Educator Preparation Institute, C.C.C.

The Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) provides a pathway for individuals who have earned a four-year degree or higher from an accredited institution to enter the field of teaching through competency-based alternative certification. The EPI program is a seven course online, collaborative program that can be completed in less than one year. The Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) provides a pathway for individuals who have earned a four-year degree or higher from an accredited institution to enter the field of teaching through competency-based alternative certification. The EPI program is a seven course online, collaborative program that can be completed in less than one year. The Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) provides a pathway for individuals who have earned a four-year degree or higher from an accredited institution to enter the field of teaching through competency-based alternative certification. The EPI program is a seven course online, collaborative program that can be completed in less than one year.

Examples of jobs sought by graduates of the Educator Preparation Institute include:

  • PK-12 Teacher

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