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Palm Beach State College

College Catalog 2019-2020

Palm Beach State College

Early Childhood Education AS

Early Childhood Education  (AS 2358)

Type of Award
AS - Associate in Science

Program Website

Program Description
This degree program provides the student with a thorough background in all aspects of child development as well as expanding his or her classroom knowledge into practical hands-on teaching experience.

The program also provides the student with the training and information they need to pursue a career working with infants through school age children.

Program Learning Outcomes
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Admission Requirements

  • Have a standard high school diploma or GED;


Completion Requirements
Students must successfully complete all courses listed in the catalog for this program.

Program Length
The program can be finished in two years if you attend full time or three years if you attend part time.

The program is offered at the Lake Worth campus.

For More Information
Dr. Colleen Fawcett, (561) 868-3349

To see when the course is offered, click the course number. To see a course description, click the course title.
General Education Credits: 15
ENC1101 College Composition 1 3
SPC1017 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
ESC1000 Earth Science 3
  Any course from Natural Sciences - Area IV, Tier 1 & 2 3
ARH1000 Art Appreciation 3
  Any course from Humanities - Area II 3
PSY2012 General Psychology 3
Required Courses Credits: 33
EDG1314 Education Practicum 1 3
ENC1102 College Composition 2 * 3
EEC1601 Observation and Assessment in Early Childhood 3
EEC2710 Conflict Resolution in Early Childhood 3
EEC2271 Teaching Children with Special Needs 3
EDF2085 Introduction to Diversity for Educators 3
EEC2734 Health, Safety, and Nutrition for the Young Child 3
CHD1220 Child Development, Infancy/Preschool 3
EDF1030 Behavior Management in the Classroom 3
DEP2102 Child Growth and Development 3
MTB1103 Business Mathematics **  
  Any course from Mathematics-Area III  
  Any credit math approved by department 3
Required College Credit Certificate (CCC) Courses Credits: 12
  Complete one of the following Certificates to complete this AS program:  
  Child Care Center Management CCC 6366 12
  EEC1523; EEC2002; EEC2202; EEC2521  
  Infant/Toddler CCC 6367 12
  EEC1001; EEC1522; EEC2201; EEC2407  
  Pre-School CCC 6368 12
  EEC1001; EEC1300; EEC1311; EEC1312  
Total Program Credits: 60
*EDG1315 Practicum 2 may be taken instead of ENC1102 only by students not planning to transfer to a university.
**(Or higher. Students planning to transfer to a university should see an advisor.)

For individualized course sequence

Employment Opportunities
Students who complete this program can seek educator, caregiver or manager positions within licensed child care centers, in private and public school settings and in afterschool/mentoring programs, such as Head Start. Head Start is a federal program that requires its teachers to have earned at least an A.S. or A.A. degree.

Career Path Notes

Students who have earned either a Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC), Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPC) from Palm Beach State or the School District of Palm Beach County, or a National Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential can articulate the credential towards an Associate in Science degree (A.S.) in Early Childhood Education (2358) for the following 9 college credit hours: EEC2271 - Teaching Children with Special Needs, EEC2734 - Health, Safety and Nutrition for the Young Child, and CHD1220 - Child Development infancy/Preschool.

The articulation will be processed upon request once students have completed 15 college credits toward the A.S. degree (2358). For more information call (561) 868-3807.

Course from this program may transfer into Palm Beach State’s Bachelor of Applied Science program in Supervision and Management. For more information, see the Web at

In addition, the Early Childhood Education A.S. degree will articulate to Florida Atlantic University’s Bachelor in Early Childhood Education (BECE) degree and to Lynn University’s Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education Grade K-6. 

Career Center
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