The mission of the Early Childhood Development and Education (ECDE) Bachelor of Science (B.S.) program is to prepare reflective, competent, and caring Early Childhood Development and Education professionals to impact a diverse population of young children and families using research-based, developmentally appropriate practices. The program faculty believe that ALL young children deserve a strong foundation in a safe and nurturing environment, utilizing a constructive approach to learning through collaboration with family and community. Students enrolled in the Early Childhood Development and Education B.S. Program select either Track 1 or Track 2 as their focus of study.
Undergraduate Degree Program
B.S. in Early Childhood Development and Education
Track 1: Education: Pre-Kindergarten – Primary (PK-3): an undergraduate degree intended to lead to initial teacher certification in Pre-Kindergarten through Third Grade.
Track 2: Early Childhood Development: an undergraduate degree intended for those who are interested in working with young children, but are not seeking teacher certification.
Track 3: Early Childhood Careers Track: an undergraduate A.S. to B.S. degree limited to students earning the A.S. in Early Childhood at Seminole State. It is an articulation agreement between UCF and Seminole State to build upon the A.S degree in early childhood at Seminole State. This degree is only offered at the UCF/Sanford-Lake Mary Campus for students completing their A.S. degree in Early Childhood from that campus. This track does not lead to Teacher Certification.
Early Childhood Education Minor: intended for students who are seeking an enhanced understanding of education or are considering a career working with young children.
Tracks 1 and 2
Graduate Degree Program
Ph.D. in Education Early Childhood Track
The Early Childhood track in the Education PhD program is designed to prepare highly competent doctoral-level professionals to assume leadership positions in teaching, research and service in the area of early childhood.
Find more information about this track on the UCF Graduate Catalog.