Do you desire to make a difference in a child’s life? Love little smiling faces? If you said yes to either of these questions, then we have two great opportunities here at FGC for you! You can choose to study for an A.A. in Education or an A.S. in Early Childhood Education.

The A.A. degree, with an Education area of interest, will prepare you to transfer to a Bachelor’s of Education program at a Florida college or university.

The A.S. degree in 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 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 either of the state exams for teaching certification in Early Childhood Education (Preschool Education or Pre-K/Primary). 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 help you succeed.

Child Care Center Management

One course requires a field experience with a classroom observation.

The Child Care Center Management certificate is designed for students who are interested in obtaining their DCF Director Credential. Students will gain an understanding of operating and managing a child care center. They will also be eligible for the DCF Staff Credential upon completion of the program.

Program Notes

  • This program may be started during fall or spring
  • Experiential learning opportunities
  • Highly qualified professors

Careers

  • Child Care Center Director

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Child Development Early Intervention Specialization Certificate

Some courses require field experience. This program requires an internship.

The Child Development Early Intervention certificate is designed for students to obtain their DCF Tier 3 Credential. The focus is on how to work with children who need a more intensive early intervention than other children. Students will learn about appropriate observation and assessment tools, working with parents, and have multiple opportunities to observe and participate in classroom settings. With inclusive classrooms becoming more common, students need an understanding of how to work with diverse abilities to meet the needs of all children. They will also be eligible for the DCF Staff Credential as part of the program.

Program Notes

  • This program may be started during any semester
  • Experiential learning opportunities
  • Highly qualified Professors

Careers

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

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Early Childhood Education, A.S.

Early Childhood Higher Education Program seal

Some courses require field experience. Program requires an internship.

The A.S. degree in Early Childhood Education provides students with a strong foundation in early childhood knowledge and prepares them for entry or continuation in the workforce. Students will learn about developmentally appropriate practices for children birth – age 8. 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.

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Program Notes

  • The student can start at the beginning of each semester
  • NAEYC Accredited
  • Experiential learning opportunities
  • Highly qualified professors

Careers

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

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Early Childhood Education, B.S.

Some courses require a field experience. Program requires an internship.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education builds on students’ prior knowledge and strengthens their foundation of early childhood education. Students will develop and refine their teaching philosophy, gain a better understanding of developmentally appropriate practices for children birth – age 8, and have practical experiences in the classroom setting. Field experiences and the internship include a variety of ages and settings. This degree provides an alternate path to teacher certification for Pre-K/Primary.

Additional Admission Requirements

  • Conferred A.A. or A.S. degree
  • Completion of EDF 1005 with a ‘C’ or better

Program Notes

  • Limited access
  • The student can start at the beginning of each semester
  • Experiential learning opportunities
  • All full-time faculty have doctoral degrees

Careers

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

Early Childhood Education, B.S. Application

Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education Program Student Guide

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Educator Preparation Institute, C.C.C.

All teacher candidates are required to complete 15 hours of field experience per semester. Candidates are expected to complete the required field experience paperwork and will be assigned a mentor teacher for the duration of field experience.

Candidates will demonstrate his or her ability to teach through:

– Teaching demonstrations in the form of a mini-teach for each class
– Observation and evaluation by Mentor Teacher in the K-12 classroom
– Observation and evaluation by supervising EPI Instructor in the K-12 classroom

Field experience must take place in an approved K-12 school.

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.

Additional Admission Requirements

  • Valid Statement of Eligibility or Temporary Certificate
  • Passing score on all areas  (or subtests) of the General Knowledge Exam
  • At least a 2.5 GPA on undergraduate transcripts

Program Notes

  • Limited access
  • Offered in fall, spring and summer
  • Program has produced EPI graduates who have been rated as 2018 High Impact Teachers

Careers

  • PK-12 Teacher

Educator Preparation Institute, C.C.C. Application

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Infant/Toddler Specialization

One course requires a field experience.

The Infant/Toddler Specialization certificate is designed for students who are interested in working with children birth – age 2. Students will gain an understanding of how to work with this unique population of children. Infants and toddlers are developing very quickly and the student will learn how to create a developmentally appropriate classroom to accommodate children’s growing independence while still providing the support they need. Students will also be eligible for the DCF Staff Credential upon completion of the program.

Program Notes

  • This program may be started during any semester
  • Experiential learning opportunities
  • Highly qualified professors

Careers

  • Infant / Toddlers Teacher

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Preschool Specialization, C.C.C.

One course requires a field experience with a classroom observation.

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.

Program Notes

  • This program may be started during fall or spring
  • Experiential learning opportunities
  • Highly qualified professors

Careers

  • Preschool Teacher

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