Early Childhood Education

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This 600 hour program offers a sequence of courses that provides coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in the Education & Training career cluster; provides technical skill proficiency, and includes competency-based applied learning that contributes to the academic knowledge, higher-order reasoning and problem-solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills, technical skills, and occupation-specific skills, and knowledge of all aspects of the Education & Training career cluster.

The content includes but is not limited to competencies related to the following elements of the early childhood education industry:  planning, management, finance, technical and production skills; underlying principles of technology; labor, community, health, safety, and environmental issues; and developmentally appropriate practices for children birth through age eight. 


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Admission Requirements

Complete the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE). In order to receive a Certificate of Completion, a minimum score of 9.0 must be obtained in Reading, Total Math, and Language.

Classroom Hours

Monday 5:30PM to 8:30PM.

Length in Classroom Hours:


Industry Certifications

Students have the opportunity to earn both FLDOE001 Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPC) issued by Florida Department of Education and FLDCF005 Staff Credential issued by Florida Department of Children and Families, Child Care Services.

Employment Opportunities

Child care development specialist, Child care worker/teacher, Daycare, Head start programs, Public school teacher aide, School age caregiver/site coordinator, Voluntary Pre-K programs.

Estimated Cost

The tuition cost for the 600 clock hour program is $1,973.58, plus textbooks and fees. Total cost $1,991.23. Notice: Program costs are subject to change without notice. The Pell grant is NOT available for this program.

Other Information and Resources

This program requires students to obtain 480 hours of direct work experience with children 5 years old or younger in addition to 120 classroom hours while enrolled in the program to be awarded the Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPC).