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Early Childhood Education

Note: This program is approved by the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) as meeting the training requirements for child care personnel/ preschool teachers, 65C-22.003. ***The regulatory requirements that must be met to offer and teach this program are included in the ECPC Program Guidelines. More information regarding the requirements of this program can be found at http://www.fldoe.org/academics/career-adult-edu/career-tech-edu/edu-training.stml.

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.

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.

Students completing the Early Childhood Education program are able to complete the Child Development Associate (CDA) industry certification examination, which is sanctioned by the Council for Professional Recognition. A Child Development Associate (CDA) is an individual who has successfully completed the CDA assessment process and has been awarded the CDA credential. CDA's are able to meet the specific needs of children and work with parents and other adults to nurture children's physical, social, emotional, and intellectual growth in a child development framework. For more information, visit http://www.cdacouncil.org.

Students who complete the full program are also eligible for the Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPC), which is sanctioned by the Florida Department of Children and Families. Students must meet all requirements listed ECPC Program Guidelines, including being age 18.

Program Structure

This program is a planned sequence of instruction consisting of four secondary courses.

The following table illustrates the secondary program structure:

OCP Course Number Course Title Length SOC Code Level Graduation Requirement
A 8405110 Early Childhood Education 1 NEW 1 credit 39-9011 2 VO
B 8405120 Early Childhood Education 2 NEW 1 credit 39-9011 2 VO
C 8405130 Early Childhood Education 3 NEW 1 credit 25-2011 3 PA
D 8405140 Early Childhood Education 4 NEW 1 credit 25-2011 3 VO

(Graduation Requirement Abbreviations- EQ= Equally Rigorous Science, PA= Practical Arts, EC= Economics, VO= Career and Technical Education)

Note: This program requires students to obtain 480 hours of direct work experience with children 5 years old or younger while enrolled in the program to be awarded the Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPC). See the ECPC Program Guidelines for more information.

Common Career Technical Core - Career Ready Practices

Career Ready Practices describe the career-ready skills that educators should seek to develop in their students. These practices are not exclusive to a Career Pathway, program of study, discipline or level of education. Career Ready Practices should be taught and reinforced in all career exploration and preparation programs with increasingly higher levels of complexity and expectation as a student advances through a program of study.

1. Act as a responsible and contributing citizen and employee.

2. Apply appropriate academic and technical skills.

3. Attend to personal health and financial well-being.

4. Communicate clearly, effectively and with reason.

5. Consider the environmental, social and economic impacts of decisions.

6. Demonstrate creativity and innovation.

7. Employ valid and reliable research strategies.

8. Utilize critical thinking to make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

9. Model integrity, ethical leadership and effective management.

10. Plan education and career path aligned to personal goals.

11. Use technology to enhance productivity.

12. Work productively in teams while using cultural/global competence.

Program of Study (High School)

Course Title: Early Childhood Education 1 NEW
Course Number: 8405110
Course Credit: 1

Course Description:

This course covers the DCF 40-hour Introductory Child Care Training coursework, which includes the following content: child care rules and regulations, safe learning environments, stages of child development, developmentally appropriate practices, communication skills, principles of child nutrition, literacy activities and methods of guidance. Additionally, students can begin earning direct work experience hours with children five (5) years old or younger.

To offer and teach the 40-hour Introductory Child Care Training, schools must be obtain approval from the local DCF Child Care Training Coordinators Agency and the instructor must meet the trainer requirements established by DCF. All regulatory requirements for the program are included in the ECPC Program Guidelines.


Course Title: Early Childhood Education 2 NEW
Course Number: 8405120
Course Credit: 1

Course Description:

This course covers competencies on professionalism, community resources, the importance of relationship skills and communicating with children's families, use of technology in the child care profession, and observing and recording methods. Students will continue working directly with children 5 years of age or younger to complete the ECPC work experience requirement.


Course Title: Early Childhood Education 3 NEW
Course Number: 8405130
Course Credit: 1

Course Description:

This course includes competencies in developing lesson plans, child development theories, factors that affect the development of a child, and developmentally appropriate practices and activities for infants/toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children. Also covered are components on working with students with special needs, classroom management techniques and creating optimum environments for all children. Students will continue working directly with school-aged children to complete the ECPC work experience requirement.


Course Title: Early Childhood Education 4 NEW
Course Number: 8405140
Course Credit: 1

Course Description:

In this course students will acquire competence in the areas of creating a successful developmentally appropriate curriculum, mentoring, developing the ability to motivate children, recognizing cultural differences when planning activities, including children with special needs, recent trends and issues in early childhood education, and professionalism. Students will have completed the ECPC 480-hour work experience requirement by the end of this course.