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Parking Update: To ease parking congestion on EFSC's Melbourne Campus, students, faculty and staff may park in the large King Center lot. Additional parking is also available at the Tennis Complex accessed from Post Road near Sherwood Elementary. Please be sure your parking permit is on your vehicle and remember that parking is only allowed in marked spaces, and is not allowed on the grass. Thank you for your patience and courtesy during this busy period.


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Victoria Candelora, Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education, works with students who attended a hands-on seminar called "Play: How We Learn, What We Feel, Who We Become" featuring well-known consultant Dr. Walter Drew.

Love to work with children...

...and you're energetic, nurturing, creative and good at multi-tasking? Then a career in the education field is worth exploring. At EFSC we offer a two-year Associate in Science Degree in Early Childhood Education that has the advantage of including five College Credit Certificates. That means the program meets requirements for several well-known state certifications, such as the Florida Childcare Professional Credential (FCCPC) Staff Credential (previously known as the CDA). Our approach also gives students flexibility if they're looking for more short term training to earn foundation certificates needed for entering the workforce.

 Career Preparation Choices

Did You Know?

EFSC is approved by the Florida Department of Children & Families (DCF) to offer training courses for the Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC / Staff Credential) and the Director Credential. The FCCPC Staff Credential (formerly known as the CDA) training courses are the same four courses that are required for the Infant & Toddler College Credit Certificate (EEC 1942, EEC 1200, EEC 2710 and EEC 2251).   These courses are only offered on-campus (face-to-face) and are not offered online.
For a person who does not have an AA, AS or BS/BA degree all four courses are required.

For a person who has an AA, AS or BS/BA degree check with DCF to determine the number of courses required for the FCCPC Staff Credential.  In some cases it may only be two courses and it may be any courses with the EEC prefix (including online courses).  

Go to EFSC's Course Schedule to find out when courses are offered.

Students enrolled in EEC 1200, EEC 2710 and EEC 2251 must plan to spend at least 20 hours per course doing structured, planned activities with young children in addition to the scheduled course time. EEC 1942 requires approximately 40 hours per semester in addition to the scheduled course time. This may occur as a volunteer in a licensed center or as an employee of a center. EEC 1942 should only be taken after a student has completed EEC 1200 and EEC 2710 with grade of "C" or better.  Or if a student is currently working in a preschool or child care center and has extensive experience then the pre-requisite course requirement may be waived.

Helpful Forms:
Early Childhood Education students who are preparing for the FCCPC should view the FCCPC Requirements and Portfolio Checklist.  Requirements and documents for the credential are listed.
View the Tracking Sheet for the 480 Hours.
View the Tracking Sheet for the 80 Hours.
EFSC Early Childhood Education faculty will be able to assist enrolled students with these forms.

Background Security Screening is a DCF requirement
for working and obtaining licensure in the career field. If you are interested in working in early childhood education you should view the background screening requirements. This is to include misdemeanor or felony charges or convictions.

EEC 1523 Overview of Child Care Center Management is approved as the training course for the Director Credential. This course is also part of the Child Care Center Management College Credit Certificate.

The Director's Renewal course is available at EFSC. An approved Renewal course is any 3 credit hour course with course code of EEC or EEX 2010 Introduction to Special Education. Students should not repeat a course for purposes of satisfying credential or renewal requirements. Visit the Florida Department of Children and Families web page to read the most current DCF requirements.

The "40 Hour Training" course is available online through the Department of Children & Families. The "40 Hour Training" is the entry level credential that is required by most licensed centers. EFSC does NOT provide this training as it is not a college level course.

Which degrees and certificates have the training for the FCCPC?  The A.S. degree in Early Childhood, the Child Development and Early Intervention College Credit Certificate and the Infant and Toddler Specialization Certificate.

NO PLACEMENT TEST IS REQUIRED for students who are seeking a College Credit Certificate.

All courses in a certificate program apply to the A.S. degree.  Students may start with a certificate program and build these toward completion of the A.S. degree.

Students may start as non-degree seeking for purposes of professional development.

Course number equivalencies for Early Childhood Education courses from previous EFSC catalogs are as follows:
EEC 1001 is now EEC 1942 (new as of 2017-2018)
CHD 1200 is now EEC 2551
CHD 1800 is now EEC 1523
CHD 1220 is now EEC 1701
CHD 2336 is now EEC 2226

Which degrees and certificates qualify for Financial Aid? The A.S. degree in Early Childhood Education and the Child Development & Early Intervention Certificate qualify for Financial Aid.

T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship information is found at www.teach-fl.org. Read how you may be eligible to receive scholarship funds for Early Childhood Education courses as well as the AS degree or Bachelor's degree! The TEACH Scholarship does not require a student to complete a Financial Aid application. This scholarship is independent of EFSC's Financial Aid process.

Find out how your experience or FCCPC, ECPC or National CDA credentials may make you eligible to receive college credit in EFSC's Early Childhood Education courses. Save time and money! Visit the Assessment of Prior Learning webpage.

Early Childhood Education A.S. Degree

EFSC Early Childhood A.S. current college catalog Requirements 

The A.S. degree includes the four training courses for the Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC), the one course for the Director's Credential and the one course for the Director's Renewal. The A.S. degree and the Child Development/Early Intervention college credit certificate are eligible for financial aid.

View the 2017 - 2018 program of study

Course number equivalencies for Early Childhood Education courses from previous EFSC catalogs are as follows:
EEC 1001 is now EEC 1942 (new as of 2017-2018)
CHD 1200 is now EEC 2551
CHD 1800 is now EEC 1523
CHD 1220 is now EEC 1701
CHD 2336 is now EEC 2226

EEC 1942 Early Childhood Practicum should only be taken after a student has completed EEC 2710 and EEC 1200.

Students who have completed Early Childhood Education courses at EFSC should check with the program manager or advising to determine if their prior course work is applicable. The degree audit through myGPS should also identify equivalent courses.

Archived College Catalogs

Child Development Early Intervention College Credit Certificate

EFSC current college catalog requirements

All 12 of the major courses in the A.S. degree for Early Childhood Education are needed for the Child Development/Early Intervention CCC/CHDI. This certificate is a total of 36 college credit hours.

EEC 1942 Early Childhood Practicum should only be taken after a student has completed EEC 2710 and EEC 1200.

Students are encouraged to begin with this certificate.

  • It is Financial Aid eligible.
  • All required training courses for the Florida Child Care Professional Credential, the Director's Credential and Director's Renewal are included in this certificate.
  • No placement testing is required.
  • All courses in this certificate will be applied to the A.S. degree in Early Childhood Education.
  • EEC 1942 Early Childhood Practicum should only be taken after a student has completed EEC 2710 and EEC 1200.
  • Students enrolled in EEC 1200, EEC 2710 and EEC 2251 must plan to spend at least 20 hours per course doing structured, planned activities with young children in addition to the scheduled course time. EEC 1942 requires approximately 40 hours per semester in addition to the scheduled course time.

View the 2017 - 2018 program of study.

Course number equivalencies for Early Childhood Education courses from previous EFSC catalogs are as follows:
EEC 1001 is now EEC 1942 (new as of 2017-2018)
CHD 1200 is now EEC 2551
CHD 1800 is now EEC 1523
CHD 1220 is now EEC 1701
CHD 2336 is now EEC 2226

View the Gainful Employment Information for the Early Intervention certificate.

Child Care Center Management College Credit Certificate

EFSC current college catalog requirements

  • The Director's Credential course, EEC 1523 Overview of Child Care Center Management is part of this certificate.
  • No placement testing is required.
  • All courses in this certificate will be applied to the A.S. degree in Early Childhood Education.
  • EEC 1942 Early Childhood Practicum should only be taken after a student has completed EEC 2710 and EEC 1200.
  • Students enrolled in EEC 1200, EEC 2710 and EEC 2251 must plan to spend at least 20 hours per course doing structured, planned activities with young children in addition to the scheduled course time. EEC 1942 requires approximately 40 hours per semester in addition to the scheduled course time.

View the A.S. Degree requirements to see how this certificate is part of the greater A.S. Degree.

FCCPC - Florida Child Care Professional Credential

EFSC is approved by the Florida Department of Children and Families to offer training courses. Training includes the Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC / Staff Credential) the Director Credential and the Director's Renewal.

The FCCPC training courses are the same four courses that are required for the Infant & Toddler College Credit Certificate. The course that is approved for the Director Credential is EEC 1523 Overview of Child Care Center Management (formerly CHD 1800 Foundations of Child Care Administration).  This course is also part of the Child Care Center Management College Credit Certificate.

The Director's Renewal course is available at EFSC. An approved renewal course is any 3 credit hour course with  a course code of EEC or EEX 2010.

Students should not repeat courses for purposes of satisfying credential or renewal requirements.

Visit www.myflorida.com/childcare to read the most current DCF Requirements. Read more about training requirements in the "Did You Know" section of this accordion.

Infant/Toddler Specialization College Credit Certificate

EFSC current catalog requirements for this certificate

  • This certificate has all four required training courses for the Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC / Staff Credential).
  • No placement testing is required.
  • All courses in this certificate will be applied to the A.S. degree in Early Childhood Education.
  • EEC 1942 Early Childhood Practicum should only be taken after a student has completed EEC 2710 and EEC 1200.
  • Students enrolled in EEC 1200, EEC 2710 and EEC 2251 must plan to spend at least 20 hours per course doing structured, planned activities with young children in addition to the scheduled course time. EEC 1942 requires approximately 40 hours per semester in addition to the scheduled course time.

View the A.S. Degree requirements to see how this certificate is part of the greater A.S. Degree.

Preschool Specialization College Credit Certificate

EFSC current catalog requirements for this certificate.

  • This certificate has three of the four courses required for the Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC) and has a course applicable to the Director's Renewal certificate.
  • No placement testing is required.
  • All courses in this certificate will be applied to the A.S. degree in Early Childhood Education.
  • EEC 1942 Early Childhood Practicum should only be taken after a student has completed EEC 2710 and EEC 1200.
  • Students enrolled in EEC 1200, EEC 2710 and EEC 2251 must plan to spend at least 20 hours per course doing structured, planned activities with young children in addition to the scheduled course time. EEC 1942 requires approximately 40 hours per semester in addition to the scheduled course time.

View the A.S. Degree requirements to see how this certificate is part of the greater A.S. Degree.

NEW! A.S. to B.S. Early Childhood Education

The A.S. degree in Early Childhood Education can transfer to the Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education (pre-K to 3rd grade teacher certification) at Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ). This is an online program for bachelor's level courses with the final student teaching course to be done at an approved elementary or preschool.

FSCJ acceptance requirements:
1) A.S. Early Childhood completed with 2.5 GPA or better
2) Pass the Florida Teacher Certification Examination – General Knowledge Test (all four sections)
3) Pass EDF 1005 with “C” or better
4) Apply to FSCJ (general application) and to the Education B.S. program

A.A. students may also transition to the FSCJ Early Childhood Education B.S. if they pass the following with “C” or better:
EEC 1701, EEC 1200, EEC 1601, EEC 2217, EEX 2010, EEC 1942, EEC 2233, EEC 2710

Learn more about A.S. to Bachelor's Pathways

 

Contact Us

Annette Barrios, 321-433-7081
Program Specialist
barriosa@easternflorida.edu

Victoria Candelora, 321-433-5542
Assoc. Professor & Program Manager

Kelly Shaver, 321-433-5728
Assistant Professor

Make Your Experience Count

If you have extensive experience teaching young children you may be able to receive credit through the Credit for Adult Experiential Learning (CAEL) program. Contact Ms. Corina Christensen, Coordinator of Accelerated Learning at 321-433-7099 or christensenc@easternflorida.edu to determine if you qualify for CAEL credit.
If you have a Child Development Associate (CDA) as per the National Credentialing Program you may be eligible to receive free credit. You may also be eligible to receive free credit if you earned an FCCPC, issued by the Florida Department of Children & Families, or if you earned an ECPC or CACC from a Florida Department of Education institution. View this link to read about the agreements that match these certifications to college credit.
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