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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*.  


Teacher Education Program (TEP)

Education Pathway Office
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Building 51, Room 106

Staff Credential

The Staff Credential ensures individuals in child care programs have advanced their education and experience to provide developmentally appropriate care to young children. Individuals must apply for the staff credential by completing the Florida Child Care Staff Credential Verification Application.
To qualify for a Staff Credential, individuals must have a minimum of:
  1. one of the following educational requirements: a)  an active National Early Childhood Credential (NECC), b) an active Birth Through Five Child Care Credential - Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC), Florida Department of Education Child Care Apprenticeship Certificate (CACC), or an Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPC) or c) formal education - a 2-year, a 4-year, or an advanced college degree in early childhood education. Other degree fields will be accepted if individuals earn 6 or more college credits in early childhood education. The six-credit hours (2 courses) in Early Childhood Education or Child Development are offered every term at Broward College: EEC1200 and CHD1320*.
  2. completion of 480 hours of experience working with children birth through eight years of age in the last five years
  3. 40 hour child care training

Director Credential

The Director Credential prepares individuals for an administrative role in a child care program. All licensed child care facilities are required have a director with the Director Credential certification.  
To qualify for a Director Credential,individuals must have:
  1. an active Staff Credential
  2. completed the Introduction to Childcare Training (40 hours)
  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 at Broward College. 

Staff Credential and Director Credential Renewal

For information on Staff Credential Renewal, please visit the Florida Department of Children and Families, and select the Staff Credential link. Individuals will need to look at the renewal requirements listed in Section 5 of the Florida Child Care Staff Credential Verification Application. 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 at Broward College: 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. Child care personnel are required to start the 40 hour training within the first 90 days of employment and complete the training within the first year of employment. The required 40 hour training requirement is divided into two parts.

Part I (30 Hours)
All child care personnel must complete the following 30hours of training:

  • Child Care Facility Rules and Regulations (RNRF–6 hours)
  • Health Safety and Nutrition (HSAN –8 hours)
  • Identifying and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect (CAAN –4 hours)
  • Child Growth and Development (CGDR –6 hours)
  • Behavioral Observation and Screening (BOSR –6 hours)

Part II (10 Hours)

All child care personnel must complete 10hours of training from the following courses:
  • Understanding Developmentally Appropriate Practices (UDAP –5 hours)
    AND one (1)of the following:
  • Infant and Toddler Appropriate Practices (ITPR –5 hours)
  • Preschool Appropriate Practices (PSPR –5 hours)
  • School-Age Appropriate Practices (SAPR –5 hours)
  • Special Needs Appropriate Practices (SNP –10 hours)

Note: Courses are available at Broward College through the Continuing Education department or online at the Florida Department of Children and Family Child Care Training website.

Additional Required Training

All child care personnel must complete a minimum of five clock hours or .5 CEU in early literacy:
  • Early Literacy for Children Age Birth through Three (ELC–5 hours)
  • Emergent Literacy for VPK Instructors (VPKR–5 hours)

You can register for the early literacy courses on the Florida Department of Children and Family Child Care Training website.

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 by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Broward College.

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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