A Student working with a child in the early childhood education class

    The Early Childhood Education (ECE) program prepares students for employment as a lead preschool teacher in a private preschool setting.  With successful completion of this program, the student will earn the Florida Department of Education Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPC) along with the Florida Department of Education Children and Families Staff Credential.  The major areas of training for this program include the mandated Department of Children and Families (DCF) 45-hour programs, along with creating and implementing lesson plans, interpersonal relations, community issues, developmentally appropriate practices (DAP), children with special needs, professionalism, and employability skills.  Students enrolled in this program will be prepared to pursue the national Child Development Associate (CDA).