Early Childhood Education Option, Liberal Arts A.A.


Early Childhood Education – AA


Teresa Salter
Last Names Beginning A-L
Asst. Academic Program Coor.
Social Sciences, Room 229 
850-769-1551 ext. 3393

Patricia Schenck
Last Names Beginning M-Z
Academic Program Coor.
Social Sciences, Room 227 

If you are interested in teaching early childhood ages birth to eight years of age, this is a great University Transfer Track for you. You may qualify for a Florida professional teaching certificate in early childhood education, with successful completion of a four-year degree at a university, and upon obtaining appropriate teaching certification requirements.

Your first step towards a successful career in teaching is Gulf Coast State College’s Early Childhood Education University Transfer Track!

ECE - AA Course Requirements:

For more information concerning required classes go to the Course Requirements  webpage and click on "requirements".

for more information go to the ECE web page

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The field of early childhood education reflects a partnership between the three institutions most critical to a growing community; business, education, and family. This is the platform that separates GCSC from other educational institutions. More than teaching the concepts of child development, or theories of education, GCSC helps students experience the connection to the power of life-long learning.
– Executive Director of the Early Learning Coalition of Northwest Florida


What jobs could I get by completing Gulf Coast State College’s Early Childhood Education AA program?

You would be able to seek employment after completing the two-year Early Childhood Education AA degree program, as a teacher in child care and preschool programs.

How much can I expect to earn as an Early Childhood Education Teacher?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, the national median pay for preschool teachers in 2014 was $28,120.00 per year (Associate’s degree education level).  As a preschool teacher, with an associate degree, you could average $28,120 annually.

As a preschool teacher at the elementary school level, which usually requires a four-year degree, you could average $43,930.00 annually.


Are there any special admission requirements for the University Transfer Track in Early Childhood Education?

  • 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 have any questions, contact your advisor below.


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.


Check out the class registration dates and plan your schedule today.


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
+*ENC1102, English II 3
Humanities Area
Visual and Performing Arts See General Education Requirement 3
Philosophy/Religion See General Education Requirement 3
Literature See General Education Requirement 3
Mathematics Area
See General Education Requirement 6
Natural Sciences Area
Physical Science See General Education Requirement 3
Biological Science See General Education Requirement 3
Social Sciences Area
Behavioral Sciences See General Education Requirement 3
History AMH2010 or AMH 2020, U.S. History I or II 3
Government See General Education Requirement 3
Additional Common Prerequisites
EDF1005, Introduction to the Teaching Profession 3
EDF2085, Introduction to Diversity for Educators 3
EME2040, Introduction to Technology for Educators 3
Electives 15



Recommended electives:

SPC1608, Introduction to Public Speaking, 3 crs.

• SYG2000, Principles of Sociology, 3 crs.

EEC1701, Child Development, 4 crs.

+EEC2240, Social Studies and Creative Expression for Young Children, 3 crs.

• General Education Core. Students must complete at least one identified core course in each area of study—Communications, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences—as part of the general education course requirements.

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

* Minimum grade of "C" required.


Contact EEC Advisor Last Names A-L

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

Department Chair


Contact EEC Advisor Last Names M-Z

Patricia Schenck
Academic Program Coordinator 
Social Sciences Building, Room 227 

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