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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.

Early Childhood 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 1001, EEC 1200, EEC 2710 and EEC 2251). Go to EFSC's Course Schedule to find out when courses are offered.

Students enrolled in EEC 1001, 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 course time. This may occur as a volunteer in a licensed center or as an employee of a center. EEC 1001 should only be taken after a student has completed at least one EEC course.

The Florida DCF requires 480 hours of documented activities with young children in order to be eligible to receive the FCCPC. Click here to read more about the process to document hours and how hours acquired before starting the training courses may apply. See which competencies and goals match the college courses. 

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 (formerly CHD 1800 Foundations of Child Care Administration) 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 CHD as well as 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.

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

NO PLACEMENT TEST IS REQUIRED for students who are seeking a College Credit Certificate (with the exception of the Educational Assisting 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.

Read information on the left side of this web page to find out how your experience or CDA licensure may make you eligible to receive college credit for EFSC Early Childhood Education Courses. Save time and money!

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.

The 2016-17 catalog will have three  updated course numbers:
EEC 2251 Developing Infant-Toddler Curriculum (old course number CHD 1200)
EEC 1701 Child Growth and Development birth-8 (old course number CHD 1220)
EEC 1523 Overview of Child Care Center Management (old course number CHD 1800)

EEC 1001 Introduction to Early Childhood Education should only be taken after a student has completed at least one EEC course.

Advising Notes for Early Childhood Education students who are in the 2014-15 catalog for the AS Early Childhood Education (AS/CCAS) or certificate Child Development Early Intervention (CCC/CHDI) and have had continuous enrollment since Spring 2015:

• Take EEC 2217 Intro to Language & Emergent Literacy if you completed ARE 2000 Early Childhood Art or MUE 2211Music & Movement for Young Children but not both.

• Take EEC 2223 Early Childhood Art, Music & Movement if you did NOT complete ARE 2000 and MUE 2211.

• Take EEC 2226 Math & Science for Young Children if you did not complete CHD 2336 Science, Math & Literacy

• If you have completed ARE 2000 and MUE 2211 you may take EEC 2217 as an elective toward the 9 credits needed in the AS degree. 

• If you passed CHD 2336 then you do not need to complete EEC 2226 Math & Science for Young Children

Courses ARE 2000, MUE 2211 and CHD 2236 will no longer be offered as of Fall 2015.

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 1001 Introduction to Early Childhood Education should only be taken after a student has completed one or more EEC or CHD courses.

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.

The 2016-17 catalog will have three updated course numbers:
EEC 2251 Developing Infant-Toddler Curriculum (old course number CHD 1200)
EEC 1701 Child Growth and Development birth-8 (old course number CHD 1220)
EEC 1523 Overview of Child Care Center Management (old course number CHD 1800)

Advising Notes
for Early Childhood Education students who
are in the 2014-15 catalog for the AS Early Childhood Education (AS/CCAS) or certificate Child Development Early Intervention (CCC/CHDI) and have had continuous enrollment since Spring 2015:

• Take EEC 2217 Intro to Language & Emergent Literacy if you completed ARE 2000 Early Childhood Art or MUE 2211Music & Movement for Young Children but not both.

• Take EEC 2223 Early Childhood Art, Music & Movement if you did NOT complete ARE 2000 and MUE 2211.

• Take EEC 2226 Math & Science for Young Children if you did not complete CHD 2336 Science, Math & Literacy

• If you have completed ARE 2000 and MUE 2211 you may take EEC 2217 as an elective toward the 9 credits needed in the AS degree. 

• If you passed CHD 2336 then you do not need to complete EEC 2226 Math & Science for Young Children

Courses ARE 2000, MUE 2211 and CHD 2236 will no longer be offered as of Fall 2015.

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 (formerly CHD 1800) 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 1001 Introduction to Early Childhood Education should only be taken after a student has completed one or more EEC or CHD courses.

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 CHD as well as 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 1001 Introduction to Early Childhood Education should only be taken after a student has completed one or more EEC or CHD courses.

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 1001 Introduction to Early Childhood Education should only be taken after a student has completed one or more EEC or CHD courses.

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

Contact Us

Cathy Beam, 321-433-7139
Program Specialist
beamc@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 Associate Professor, Victoria Candelora 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 for EFSC Early Childhood Education courses if you earned a Post Secondary Vocational Certificate (PSAV) in Early Childhood Education from a Florida college and hold a current CDAE (Child Development Associate Equivalency). View this link to read about the agreements that match these certifications to college credit.
Save time and money! Contact Cathy Beam at 321-433-7139 to find out more.