Program Number: E300100                                     

CIP Number: 0419070913

600 Hours

1 year

Pell Eligible

Program Description

This program offers a sequence of courses that provides coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in the Education & Training career cluster; provides technical skill proficiency, and includes competency-based applied learning that contributes to the academic knowledge, higher-order reasoning and problem-solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills, technical skills, and occupation-specific skills, and knowledge of all aspects of the Education & Training career cluster. Students will earn the Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPC). This program requires students to obtain 480 hours of direct work experience with children five (5) years old or younger while enrolled in the program. Students will complete this practical experience in our two onsite childcare labs.

The program is full time enrollment with two enrollment options in the Fall or Spring semester. Fall semester begins in August and Spring semester begins in January. Program hours are Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.

Occupation Description

This program is approved by the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) as meeting the training requirements for child care personnel/ preschool teachers The content includes but is not limited to competencies related to the following elements of the early childhood education industry:  planning, management, finance, technical and production skills; underlying principles of technology; labor, community, health, safety, and environmental issues; and developmentally appropriate practices for children birth through age eight (8). 

Program Structure

The following table illustrates the postsecondary program structure:

Course Number


Course Title

Course Length

Florida Resident Tuition Per Term



Child Care Worker 1





Child Care Worker 2





Teacher Aide (Preschool)





Preschool Teacher









Mission Statement

The mission of the Early Childhood Education Program is to prepare students for initial employment as child care providers, child care attendants, and child care aides or to provide supplemental training for persons previously or currently employed in these occupations.