Early Childhood Management (A.S.)

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.

Degree: Associate in Science (A.S.)
Credit Hours: 60 Credits
Online Program : Yes
Program Code: 2203
Financial Aid Eligible : Yes

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Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completing this program, students will be able to demonstrate proficiency in the following program learning outcomes:

  • Graduates will demonstrate written proficiency in grammar and format on documents related to early childhood management.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of developmental domains and academic content in early childhood learning.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate problem-solving abilities by identifying and describing developmentally appropriate practices for children birth through age five.
  • Students create healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging learning environments for young children.
  • Students will use observation, documentation, and other appropriate assessment tools and approaches, including the use of technology in documentation, assessment, and data collection.
  • Students will use their own knowledge, appropriate early learning standards, and other resources to design, implement, and evaluate developmentally meaningful and challenging curriculum for each child.

Career Options

Graduates of the Early Childhood Management associate degree are qualified to become teachers of children under the age of 3, VPK teachers, home child care operators (family child care) and child care center directors.


Completion of A.S. in Early Childhood Management meets the degree in-field requirements for the Florida Department of Children and Family (DCF) Staff Credential.