Early Childhood Education

Classroom management, cognitive experiences, literacy and assessment

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Early Childhood Education degree program prepares students to become highly effective pre-kindergarten through grade 3 teachers for public and private schools. The program offers courses that focus on providing developmentally appropriate teaching practices to future educators.

The curriculum is designed to provide a practical hands-on application approach to understanding early childhood education. Students must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours, of which 60 hours are lower division general education courses, and in the upper division, 24 hours of professional core educational courses, and 36 hours of major concentration educational courses. Both the professional core and major concentration areas are challenging as students are required to have fingerprinting and background checks and complete over 150 hours of field work in a VPK through third grade setting.

Students are also required to develop a professional portfolio and pass three Florida Teacher Certification Exams (GK, PED, & PK-3). The Capstone of the B.S. program is a student teaching internship. Students are assigned a mentor and are required to complete a full semester, full day, full week (M-F) internship at an accredited public or private primary (K-grade 3) school.

The B.S. courses are evidence-based and strive to meet and exceed the Florida Department of Education requirements. Students graduate with the ability to earn the Florida Department of Education Professional Educator Certificate (PreK/Primary) and an ESOL endorsement, and the Department of Children and Families Staff Credentials (VPK). Upon completion of the degree, students will be prepared to use their expertise in a variety of sectors including public and private schools, child development centers and preschools.

This program is approved by the Florida Department of Education.

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FSCJ is proud that the Early Childhood Education bachelor’s degree has been recognized as one of the best early childhood degrees in the United States. 

AffordableColleges.com ranked the online bachelor's degree in early childhood education program number nine in the nation for quality and as an affordable early childhood education degree.

TheBestSchools.org placed the degree program in the top 25 in the country for quality, the types of courses offered and faculty. 

Best Education Degrees awarded our online early education bachelor's degree a number 11 spot for the 25 best online bachelor's degrees in early education.

College Choice recognized our online education bachelor's degree as number two for the 15 most affordable online early childhood education degrees.

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Program Code: T100

120 Credits

 Online Program

School of Health, Education and Human Services

Applications submitted by the following dates will receive priority consideration for that effective term:

Fall Term - June 1
Spring Term - October 1
Summer Term - February 1

Email has become the College’s preferred method of communication. Information regarding admissions decisions has transitioned from mail to email, and it will be delivered only to your FSCJ student email account.

Financial Aid Eligibility

Financial aid is available, if qualified.




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Alternative ways to earn credit

You may be eligible to receive credit toward this degree through Prior Learning Assessment. Examples include industry certifications, certain PSAV programs, credit by examination, or creating a portfolio of learning experiences. For more information, contact an academic advisor or learn more about Accelerated College.

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Program/Course Requirements

The curriculum is designed to provide a practical hands-on application approach to understanding early childhood education and contains 21 credit hours of general education core requirement credits, 63 credit hours of associate degree course work and 36 credit hours of Early Childhood Education credits. With the lower-division component of the B.S. degree built on the College’s Associate in Science (A.S.) degree program in Early Childhood Management, students who complete the A.S. degree can, in most cases, apply their technical course work toward the B.S. degree.

The prerequisites for entering the B.S. in Early Childhood Education are a completed A.S. in Early Childhood Management or a completed A.A. degree and completion of the three prerequisite courses for Florida Teacher Preparation Programs:

  • EDF 1005 - Introduction to Education

Students are encouraged to speak with an academic advisor when selecting courses. A degree plan of study is available that details course requirements and course scheduling. Program worksheets are also available for students to use to track their progression through the degree program.

Career Opportunities

Kindergarten and elementary school teachers prepare younger students for future schooling by teaching them basic subjects such as math and reading (Bureau of Labor Statistics). 

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