Early Childhood Management

Associate in Science

Early Childhood Management

Child psychology, diversity, child care management and educational technology

The Associate in Science (A.S.) in Early Childhood Management degree will prepare students for careers working with young children in public/private child development centers and family home child care centers. From child growth and development and early childhood education to program development, you will get a well-rounded education in developmentally appropriate and culturally sensitive practices that help to shape a child’s social, emotional, physical and cognitive development. 

Students can choose to focus on education or management. This degree will prepare students to teach children under the age of five or to direct operations at a child care facility. If students completed child care assisting and child care supervision programs in the Duval County School District after June 1, 1993 or the First Coast Technical Institute in the fall of 1992 or later, they may be eligible for some transfer credits. Credits from your degree can be used toward our Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Early Childhood Education or for transfer to another Florida state college or university as well as many private institutions.

After completing this program, you will qualify for appropriate Florida Department of Children and Families’ child care training certifications, including the Active Birth through Five Child Care Credential. In addition, you will meet the educational requirements for the Florida Department of Children and Families’ Director Credential and, if qualified, the Advanced Director Credential.

Program Code: 2203

60 Credits

 Online Program

School of Health, Education and Human Services
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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Degree Options

Credits from the A.S. in Early Childhood Management can be used toward our Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education degree. Prior to admission into the bachelor’s degree program, you will need to complete the following prerequisite courses:

  • EDF 1005 – Introduction to Education

Career Opportunities

Preschool teachers educate and care for children younger than age 5 who have not yet entered kindergarten. They teach reading, writing, science, and other subjects in a way that young children can understand (Bureau of Labor Statistics). 

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