The Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education and Management Program allows teacher candidates to earn two Polk State professional certificates and satisfy eligibility requirements to apply for two State of Florida credentials.
Teacher candidates may choose to continue their education beyond the certificate/credential level by earning the Associate in Science degree in Early Childhood Education and Management. This program consists of 60 credit hours. Of those, 18 hours are general electives, 39 hours are program core courses, and three hours are electives. The program curriculum focuses on providing teacher candidates with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to deliver safe, healthy, and developmentally appropriate education for infants to preschool-age children.
The Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education and Management is a two-year, 60 credit hour program for students who want to prepare for various early childhood careers, such as Early Childhood Infant/Toddler/Pre-Kindergarten Teacher (in private, public, or faith-based centers, schools, and homes), Trainer, Mentor, Owner, Director, Caseworker, Family Support Specialist, and Home Visitor. Of those, 60 credit hours, 17-18 hours are general education courses; the remainder are comprised of program-technical courses. Examples of required courses for Polk State’s Early Childhood degree programs include:
- Introduction to Diversity for Educators
- Introduction to the Teaching Profession
- Introduction to Working with Children with Special Needs
- Strategies for Working with Children with Special Needs
- Introduction to Principles of Math and Science for the Young Child
- Child Growth and Development
- Early Childhood Curriculum
- Facilitating Development
- Early Learning Practicum
- Overview of Childcare Management
- Observing Children
- Professionalism for Childcare Educators