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Early Childhood Education – A.S. Degree

 

Early Childhood Education – A.S. Degree

If you are interested in working with children ages birth to five years of age, consider the Early Childhood Education A.S. degree. You will learn about growth and development, the learning environment, communication, and legal and professional responsibilities in early childcare. This degree prepares you to assume major caregiving, education and/or managerial responsibilities.

Gulf Coast State College’s Early Childhood Education A.S. Degree helps you practical experience by observing real, working classrooms, and gaining genuine work experience. Courses are offered in hybrid format, with most course work completed online and three face-to-face sessions per class.

The Florida Childcare Professional Credential (FCCPC) courses are embedded in the Early Childhood Education A.S. degree.
  

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Early Childhood Education
 
 
 

MEET MAGGIE HELDRETH, PRESCHOOL DIRECTOR

Maggie Heldreth

I have always enjoyed taking classes.  The more you can learn about children, the better you can interact with them.  The Early Childhood Education instructors bring everything to your level, making it personal.  They not only teach what the program requires, but bring real-world applications and gave me the desire to learn more.
– Early Childhood Education – A.S. Graduate
 

What jobs can you get by completing the Early Childhood Education-AS Degree program?

  • Child Development Center Teacher or Manager
  • Home Visitor
  • Preschool or Infant Teacher
  • Early Intervention Associate
  • Child Development Center Curriculum Coordinator

How much can you earn as an Early Childhood Education Teacher?

  • According to the Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook, the 2015 national median pay for preschool teachers  at the Associate's degree level was $28,570 per year.

Are there any special admission requirements for the Early Childhood Education AS degree program?

  • Before entering the classroom for observations, you would be required by the State of Florida to have a Level 2 background clearance issued by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
  • Once written verification of a completed and approved background clearance is submitted to Gulf Coast State College, you may complete on-site requirements.
  • You must attend and comply with requirements of school systems where observations are conducted. GCSC has articulation agreements with Gulf, Franklin, and Bay School Districts for classroom observations.
  • You must pay all costs associated with the background clearance.
  • For more information concerning required classes go to the Course Requirements webpage and click on "requirements".

If you need any additional information, contact your advisor below.

HOW DO I APPLY TO THE EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, A.S. PROGRAM?

To apply, you’ll need to complete the general admission application to Gulf Coast State College.  Visit the Gulf Coast admissions page to learn more about the application process.

Consult the Gulf Coast State College Catalog for specific program and course information.

HOW DO I REGISTER FOR MY CLASSES?

Check out the class registration datesand plan your schedule today.

HOW DO I APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID AND SCHOLARSHIPS?

There are many options available to help you pay for college. Find out more about scholarships and financial aid at Gulf Coast State College.

 
 

 Program Requirements

Communications Area CH
 •+*ENC1101, English I 3
Humanities Area  3
Visual and Performing Arts See General Education Requirement
Philosophy/Religion See General Education Requirement
Mathematics Area  3
See General Education Requirement
Social Sciences Area
Behavioral Sciences •PSY2012, Psychology 3
History EUH1000/EUH1001 Western Civilization I/II 3
Major Courses
 +#EEC1732, Infants, Toddlers, & Caregivers 3
 +EEC2240, Social Studies & Creative Expression for Young Children 3
 +#EEC2223, Art, Music, & Movement for Young Children 3
 +EEC2602, Guiding the Young Child 3
 +EEC2713, Facilitating Social Development 4
 +#EEC1319, Portfolio Development & Supervised Work Experience 4
 EEC1701, Child Development 4
 +EEC1272, Practices for Working with Young Children with   Special Needs in Inclusive Settings 3
 +#EEC2523, Leadership & Management of Child Care Programs 3
 +#EEC2734, Health, Safety, and Nutrition for Young Children 3
 DEP2004, Developmental Psychology 3
 EDF1005, Intro to the Teaching Profession 3
 EDF2085, Intro to Diversity for Educators 3
 EME2040, Intro to Technology for Educators 3
TOTAL DEGREE HOURS 60

• General Education Core.

+ Prerequisites and/or corequisites required.  See course descriptions.

# Applies to A.S. degree and certificate programs.

= PSAV course.

* Minimum grade of "C" required.

 
 

Contact AN Advisor
Last Names A-L

Teresa Salter
Assistant Academic Program Coordinator
Social Science Building Room 229
850-769-1551, extension 3393

tsalter@gulfcoast.edu 

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Contact AN Advisor
Last names M-Z

Patricia Schenck
Academic Program Coordinator
Social Science Building Room 227
850-873-3577

pschenck@gulfcoast.edu

Visit my faculty page

 
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