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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.
With this A.S. degree, you also earn one of the following Early Childhood certificates:
After you complete this 63-credit 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.
With this degree, you will be prepared to work in caregiving and educational roles in programs for infants, toddlers, and young children. Employment opportunities exist in preschools, VPK classrooms, Head Start centers, before- and after-school care, early intervention programs, early childhood care and education agencies and in-home family child care. Employment of pre-school teachers is expected to grow 25%, faster than average, through 2020 as demand and the population of this age group increase.
This job prepares you for work as a:
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.
Anne Ryan, Lead Instructor, 727-791-2776Kimberly Hartman, Dean, 727-712-5890
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.
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Minimum grade of "C" required in all courses.
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSCommunications - Composition
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSCommunications - Literature
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSCommunications - Speech
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSSocial and Behavioral Sciences
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSHumanities and Fine Arts
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSMathematics
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSEthics
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSNatural Sciences
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSComputer/Information Literacy Competency
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSEnhanced World View
SUPPORT COURSESAmerican Government (Complete 3 credits)
MAJOR CORE COURSESComplete 24 credits
MAJOR ELECTIVE COURSESSelect 6 credits
a This course must be taken during the student's last term.
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