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.
This program is a planned sequence of instruction consisting of
four secondary courses.
The following table illustrates the secondary program
Childhood Education 1 NEW
Childhood Education 2 NEW
Childhood Education 3 NEW
Childhood Education 4 NEW
(Graduation Requirement Abbreviations- EQ= Equally Rigorous
Science, PA= Practical Arts, EC= Economics, VO= Career and
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
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
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
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
10. Plan education and career path aligned to personal
11. Use technology to enhance productivity.
12. Work productively in teams while using cultural/global
Study (High School)
Course Title: Early Childhood Education 1
Course Number: 8405110
Course Credit: 1
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
Course Number: 8405120
Course Credit: 1
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
Course Number: 8405130
Course Credit: 1
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
Course Title: Early Childhood Education 4
Course Number: 8405140
Course Credit: 1
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