Early Childhood Education
Mission: The mission of this program is to provide comprehensive training for early childhood teachers that will certify them as Child Care Development Specialists.
Length: 2 Years
Description: Students may receive credit for experiential learning for up to one year. Apprentices learn the laws and rules that govern the state and local community in which they are employed; how to plan and establish a safe, clean and healthy learning environment; skills in observation and recording methods; communication skills; how to recognize developmentally appropriate practices and guidance techniques; professionalism, how to identify community needs and resources; and how to take an active role as part of the child care center staff.
Distance Education: pTEC also offers the Early Childhood Education (Child Care) Apprenticeship program in an online format. The online program is exactly like the traditional onsite program with one exception; the 144 hours of academic theory is delivered via computer as opposed to having face-to-face classroom instruction. Students with proficient computer skills may opt for enrollment into the online apprenticeship program. On-the-job training of 2000 hours is a requirement with a Child Care Coordinator visiting students periodically throughout the length of the program.
Articulation Agreement(s): Statewide Early Childhood Education, A.A.S./A.S. Degree
St. Petersburg College Early Childhood Education, A.S. Degree
Industry Certification(s): Child Care Development Specialist
(727) 893-2500, extension 2606
Cell – 727-638-2069
(727) 538-7167, extension 2043
Cell – 727-638-1146
* Length of program and all costs are approximate and subject to change.