Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education
The Early Childhood Education B.A.E. program is an interdisciplinary teacher education program designed to prepare educators to work with all children, from age three to grade 3, and their families.
By integrating the knowledge bases of early childhood education, special education and educational psychology, this program prepares educators with the skills, knowledge and dispositions to support the learning and development of young children with and without disabilities, and from socio-culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
This four-year program’s emphasis on evidence-based and developmentally appropriate teaching practices, combined with its highly-intentional connections between course content and field experiences, are designed to provide students rich understanding of the research-to-practice foundations of early education.
Students who complete this program are eligible for:
Professional certification in Prekindergarten/Primary (age 3 to grade three)
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
Admission to the undergraduate program for rising juniors and transfer students is selective and minimally requires:
- Passing General Knowledge test scores from the Florida Teacher Certification Examination
- Completing all General Education requirements, including a writing requirement
- Completing EDF1005 Introduction to Education with a grade of B or higher and a course in Human Growth and Development or Developmental Psychology
- A minimum 2.6 GPA
- A minimum of 60 credits; the AA is required for transfer applicants
- Early Childhood Education applicants are asked to submit a Personal Goals Statement (PGS) addressing the following:
- Why do you wish to pursue a career in early childhood education?
- What personal qualities and/or experiences volunteering or working in educational or related settings make you a good candidate for a career in early childhood education?
- After having read the description of the Early Childhood Education program, describe how you think this program will meet your personal and career goals.
Transfers are admitted only for the Fall semester, with a May 15th deadline.
For applications, please visit this link.