Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education

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Program Description

Earn a degree in early childhood education through this Florida-approved teacher preparation program. The Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education at Polk State College will satisfy the eligibility requirements for the Florida Professional Educator Certification in Pre-kindergarten/Primary Education (age 3-grade 3), as well as requirements for the Florida Teacher Standards in ESOL Endorsement (K-12) and the Florida Reading Endorsement (K-12). The curriculum is designed to build off of an existing Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and Management (either Arts or Science). Courses and field experiences prepare teacher candidates by developing the knowledge and skills required as a professional educator. All these lead up to a 12-week internship placement at a local Polk County school where teacher candidates are able to assume the role of a full-time classroom teacher. During this time, each candidate demonstrates his or her mastery of the skills and competencies necessary to effective teaching and learning styles.

The Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education is designed to build on an existing associate’s degree, either the Associate in Arts or the Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education and Management. The curriculum supports teacher candidate development of knowledge and skills required for effective teaching. As candidates progress through the courses, field experiences help them make connections between their coursework and professional teaching practice. The program’s final internship allows candidates to assume the role of full-time classroom teacher in order to demonstrate the mastery of skills and competencies necessary for effective teaching and learning. Field experiences and internship placements will be limited to schools within Polk County.

The Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education is a state-approved initial teacher preparation program, and graduates will satisfy the eligibility requirements for Florida Professional Educator Certification in Pre-kindergarten/Primary Education (age 3-grade 3), as well as requirements for the Florida Teacher Standards for ESOL Endorsement (K-12) and the Florida Reading Endorsement (K-12).

Admission Requirements

Admission to the BS in Early Childhood Education program requires:

  • Associate of Arts degree or an Associate of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and Management (or the equivalent) from a regionally-accredited school or college.
  • If the student’s associate’s degree is from a non-regionally accredited institution, but is nationally accredited, the degree qualifies for admission, but a course-by-course evaluation is done according to Polk State College’s transfer practices and policies.
  • Associates level degree must be earned with a minimum 2.5 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale.
  • Completion of three common Education Prerequisite Courses (AA electives) with a grade of “C” or higher
  • EDF1005 – Introduction to the Teaching Profession
  • EDF2085 – Introduction to Diversity for Educators
  • EME2040 – Introduction to Technology for Educators
  • EDF1250 – Introduction to Classroom Management (recommended, but not required)
  • Passing score on the General Knowledge Test (GKT) of the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE). Please request that a copy of your GKT scores be sent directly to Polk State College.
  • Fingerprint-based background check.
  • Additional admission requirements include the submission of a cover letter and specific acknowledgments.
  • Under special circumstances, a one-semester admission waiver can be requested.
Last updated Feb 2018

About the School

Polk State College, established in 1964, is a multi-campus institution serving over 20,000 students with Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor of Science, Associate in Arts and Associate in Science d ... Read More

Polk State College, established in 1964, is a multi-campus institution serving over 20,000 students with Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor of Science, Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees, as well as a wide range of certificate and workforce training options. The College also operates three charter high schools. Read less
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