Early Childhood Development and Education, B.S. - Education: Pre-Kindergarten – Primary (PK-3)

Undergraduate Studies

Department: Department of Child, Family, and Community Sciences

The Early Childhood Education Bachelor of Science degree is designed to lead to Florida Teacher Certification in Pre-K – Primary Education (PK-3) for public schools, preschools, Head Start programs, and private schools.  In addition, graduates of this program will also be qualified for an ESOL endorsement. Our mission as Early Childhood Educators is to prepare reflective, competent, and caring Early Childhood Education Professionals to educate a diverse population of young children using research based, developmentally appropriate practices.  We believe that ALL young children deserve a strong educational foundation in a safe and nurturing environment, utilizing a constructivist approach to learning through collaboration with family and community.

Admission Requirements:

  • Complete the University General Education Requirements or its equivalent, i.e., an A.A. degree from an approved Florida community college or state university.
  • Have a minimum 2.75 overall GPA, with provisional acceptance for one semester if GPA is 2.5 (GPA must be 2.75 by the second semester).
  • Pass all four parts of the General Knowledge Test (GKT)/CLAS
  • Meet the Gordon Rule Requirement
  • Complete education common program prerequisite courses
    • EDF 2005 Introduction to Education
    • EDF 2085 Introduction to Diversity for Educators
    • EME 2040 Technology for Educators
  • Complete Early Childhood Education program prerequisites
    • MAC 1105 College Algebra or MAE 2801 Elementary School Mathematics
    • EDF 2130 Child and Adolescent Development for Educators
    • EEC 2732 Health, Safety, and Nutrition for Young Children (or similar course)
      Select one:
    • ARE 2000 Early Childhood Art and Creativity or
    • MUE 2211 Early Childhood Music and Movement