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 OfferedAssociate of Science, Early ChildhoodThis 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.
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 RenewalFor 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.
Mary Jean Woika
Education Pathway Office
Building 51, Room 106
*These courses can be applied towards the Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education for students interested in obtaining a degree.