As an early childhood professional, you play a vital role in the life of a child. From providing a safe learning environment to helping children grow socially, emotionally and educationally, you learn the special skills needed to work with young children. 

High school students can get a head start by earning credit for early childhood education classes. You can also earn credit if you are certified as a Child Development Associate.

This academic program prepares you for the following careers. All job data is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

Salary Data

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL MSA Average

Florida Average

Projected employment for Florida

2016 Employment

22,710

2026

25,870

Percent Change

14

Projected Job Openings

2660

Skills you learn in the Early Childhood Education A.S. Degree

  • Early childhood growth, development and education
  • Observation and assessment techniques
  • Developmentally appropriate cognitive and creative activities
  • How to establish and maintain a safe, clean, healthy, learning environment
  • Guidance techniques and classroom management; communication
  • How to identify child abuse and neglect
  • Legal, ethical and professional responsibilities
  • Family interactions

Early Childhood Education Associate in Science

CHDEV-AS

Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2016 (520)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2016 (520), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.



Program Leadership Information

Anne Ryan
Lead Instructor
727-791-2776
ryan.anne@spcollege.edu


Kimberly Hartman
Dean
727-712-5890
hartman.kimberly@spcollege.edu


Program Summary

This program's curriculum provides a general education as well as courses in the specialized areas of early childhood education. The goal of this program is to prepare successful students for careers in the Early Childhood arena. The general college admissions policy applies to all students entering the Early Childhood Education Program.

The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
o suggested course when more than one option exists
o which semester each course is typically offered
o if the course has a prerequisite
o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

Florida CIP Code

1413121004: Early Childhood Education

Federal CIP Code

13.1210: Early Childhood Education and Teaching.

Job Related Opportunities

  • VPK classrooms, Head Start Centers, Early Childhood Care and Education Agencies

Graduation Rules

Minimum grade of "C" required in all courses.

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Communications - Composition

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Composition I coursework below. Minimum grade of "C" required. This requirement must be completed within the first 24 credits of coursework toward the AS degree. 3

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Communications - Literature

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Composition II/Literature coursework . Minimum grade of "C" required. This requirement must be completed within the first 36 credits of coursework toward the AS degree. 3

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Communications - Speech

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Speech coursework . Minimum grade of "C" required. 3

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Social and Behavioral Sciences

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Social and Behavioral Sciences coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. 3

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Humanities and Fine Arts

Complete 6 credits from the approved General Education Humanities and Fine Arts coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. 6

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Mathematics

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Mathematics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. 3

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Ethics

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Ethics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. 3

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Natural Sciences

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Natural Sciences coursework. Completion of this requirement satisfies the General Education Natural Sciences requirement for this AS degree. 3

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Computer/Information Literacy Competency

Competency may be demonstrated by completing the Computer Information and Literacy Exam (CGS 1070T) OR by successful completion of one of the approved Computer/Information Literacy Competency courses. No minimum credits required.

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Enhanced World View

Complete at least one 3-credit course intended to enhance the student's world view in light of an increasingly globalized economy. Minimum grade of "C" required. In some cases, this course may also be used to satisfy another General Education Requirement.

SUPPORT COURSES
American Government (Complete 3 credits)

Completion of this requirement satisfies 3 credits of the General Education Social and Behavioral Science requirement for this AS degree.
POS 2041 American National Government 3
POS 2041H Honors American National Government 3

MAJOR CORE COURSES
Complete 24 credits

EEC 1223 Observation and Assessment in Early Childhood 3
EEC 1308 Early Childhood Planning and Management 3
EEC 1600 Guiding the Young Child 3
EEC 1603 Early Childhood Development 3
EEC 2271 Introduction to Working with Young Children with Special Needs 3
EEC 2300 Developing Cognitive Activities for Young Children(Math, Lnge Arts, Science, Social Studies, Health) 3
EEC 2312 Developing Creative Activities for Young Children 3
a EEC 2907 Early Childhood Education Internship 3

MAJOR ELECTIVE COURSES
Select 6 credits

EDF 1005 Introduction to Education 3
EDF 2085 Diverse Populations 3
EDG 1319 Professional Techniques for Child Development 1
EEC 1512 Caring for Infants and Toddlers 3
EEC 2002 Foundations of Chld Care and Educational Administration 3
EEC 2523 Leadership and Management of Child Care Programs 3
LAE 2000 Language and Literacy Development in Young Children 3

a This course must be taken during the student's last term.

Total Credits 60

Continuing your education

When you complete the Early Childhood Education A.S. Degree, you can earn one of the following Early Childhood certificates:

After you complete the A.S. degree in Early Childhood Education, you have the option to complete the credits needed to earn an A.A. degree and then transfer to SPC's Bachelor of Science degree in Educational Studies Preschool track.

NOTE: The Early Childhood A.S. degree does not lead to a teaching certificate.

Early Childhood Education A.S. Degree