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Early Childhood Education

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The Education Pathway at Broward College offers several career options for those wanting to work with young children from birth through age five.

Programs and Courses Offered

Associate of Science, Early Childhood

This program will prepare you as an early childhood teacher or director for programs working with infants, toddlers and preschoolers.  As a graduate, you will be prepared to plan and implement age-appropriate curriculum activities, demonstrate effective child development principles, and manage am early childcare facility. 

The recommended Program Map outlines coursework for students pursuing the AS in Early Childhood Education degree program.  Financial aid is available to those who qualify.  

National CDA (training only)

These courses prepare students who work or plan to work with children birth-five years of age in a licensed child care facility or family child care home.  This program also prepares students for the National CDA Credential.

The following courses must be completed to meet the training portion of the credential: EEC1200, EEC1603 and CHD1320*.  

Staff Credential

One way to be eligible for the Staff Credential, requires having (1) a 2-year, a 4-year, or an advanced college degree in a field other than early childhood education, elementary education, or consumer science, (2) completion of 480 hours of experience working with children birth through eight years of age in the last five years, and (3) completion of six-credit hours ( 2 courses) in Early Childhood Education or Child Development.  These courses are offered every term: EEC1200 and CHD1320*.

Director Credential

To be eligible for the Director Credential, you must have (1) an active Staff Credential, (2) completed the Introduction to Childcare Training (40 hours), and (3) completed the Overview of Child Care Management course.  Students may take CHD2800* to meet the requirement for the Overview of Child Care Management course.  This course is offered every term.

Staff Credential and Director Credential Renewal

For information on Staff Credential Renewal, please visit the Florida Department of Children and Families, Florida Child Care Staff Credential Verification Application, Section 5 for details on renewal process.  Students may take any Early Childhood course to renew the Staff Credential Renewal.   The Director Credential may be renewed by completing one of the following courses: CHD1320, CHD1331, CHD1334, and CHD1338*.

Introduction to Childcare Training (40 Hour Training)

The 40 Hour Training is the entry level credential that is required by most licensed centers.  Courses are available through the Broward College Continuing Education Department.  You may also visit the Florida State Department of Children and Families website.

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*These courses can be applied towards the Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education for students interested in obtaining a degree.
Classroom Experience

In the AS, Early Childhood Education degree program, you will be trained to effectively teach a diverse group of learning students the emerging literacy, math, science, creative and social skills necessary to succeed in life. Course work provides you with the ability to:

  • Supervise early childhood personnel
  • Design effective educational curricula
  • Provide child guidance in the classroom setting
  • Efficiently administer childcare business operations
You will receive over 480 hours of integrated experiential training that directly links what you are learning to the classroom delivery of curriculum lessons, which you will individually design and tailor for the students that you will be teaching.
Classes are small, interactive, highly experiential and conversational with a combination of classroom and field experience. Our learning environment is based on sharing best practices and is linked to the Florida Core Competencies for Early Care and Education practitioners, which encompass:
  1. Health
  2. Safety and Nutrition
  3. Child Development and Learning
  4. Building Family and Community Relationships
  5. Teaching and Learning Environment Interactions
  6. Curriculum
  7. Observing, Documenting, Screening
  8. Assessing to Support Young Children and their Families
  9. Professionalism
Many of our students are currently employed in preschool settings and are engaged in Florida’s Steps to Success—Early Learning Career Pathway Training to improve their skills and certification level.


We structure our courses to assist working adults, with classes offered in evening and weekend formats. Guided individual and group work, creative activities and a supportive, nurturing environment help to keep the program interesting and focused on your success.
Career Path

The job outlook for associate’s degree holders in early childhood education is excellent, with faster than average growth through 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Depending on which direction you decide to take after graduating with an A.S., you could make from $30,000 to $50,000 a year.


Browse early childhood education Career Paths. Link to Career Path page.

Former graduates of our Early Childhood Education program have found employment as:
  • Lead certified teachers  
  • Voluntary Pre-K teachers
  • Nannies who travel the world
  • Owner/operators of preschools
  • Directors of after school programs
  • Children’s celebration and party planners
  • Cruise ship coordinators of child care programs
  • Assistant teachers in Broward County Public Schools
  • County licensing monitors for early childhood programs
More than 85 percent of our graduates are employed in the field after graduation; some go on to enter and complete four-year degree programs in Early Care Education.
Is This Program Right for Me?

Working with children can be fun, but that’s not always the case. According to the Florida Core Competences for Early Care and Education, you should consider pursuing your degree and a career in early childhood education if you have:

  • Flexibility
  • A sense of humor
  • An interest in working with children
  • A history of stable and responsible work habits
  • Respect for and acceptance of the diversity of children and families
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills with children and adults
If you are considering applying to the Early Childhood Education program, you must have completed the GED or high school diploma program prior to admission; out-of-country graduates must have their credentials evaluated and translated by an international education service.
Broward College is accredited to award associate’s degrees in Early Childhood Education through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC).

All faculty members in this program have extensive field experience as (list two or three titles that faculty has held in this field). They include graduates from (two or three colleges/universities faculty has attended) and Broward College. The combination of their work experience and post-secondary education will help you develop your own skills as a provider of early childhood education services.

See this program’s faculty members.

The Early Childhood Education program consists of 63 credits, including general education courses. It generally takes about two years to complete. Some of the courses you will enroll in cover subjects such as:

  • Math and science for children
  • Management of child care staff
  • Planning early childhood curriculums
  • Appropriate means for creative expression
General education courses can be completed at any Broward College campus. All Early Childhood Education courses are taught on North Campus in Coconut Creek.
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