Program Director Dr. Tyran Butler
Advisement Specialist Dr. Sarah Rockwell
Faculty Dr. Kimberly Davis, Dr. Katherin Garland, Dr. Ritsa Mallous, Cathy Swan
Santa Fe College offers an Associate in Science degree in Early Childhood Education that prepares students to work as teachers of young children from birth through age four.
The Early Intervention Certificate is a 36-credit hour program for persons who wish to work in centers serving children with disabling conditions. A Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC) training program is available for students who wish to apply for a staff credential with Florida Department of Children and Families. Credits earned in the FCCPC and certificate programs may be applied toward the AS degree.
Early Childhood Education graduates are employed in child development centers, Head Start, Early Start and pre-kindergarten programs, child care centers and programs serving children with disabling conditions.
The Santa Fe College Little School, a parent-child developmental laboratory center serving toddlers and preschool children, is a unique, well-equipped facility that provides opportunities for supervised observational field experience.
The Early Childhood Program is designed to serve a variety of students. For those already working with young children, it provides an opportunity to refresh and increase knowledge and competencies. Others who wish to explore and/or gain entry into the expanding child care and early education field can acquire practical experience as well as a basic pre-professional education. Parents can build knowledge and skills through parenting classes offered as part of this program.
A standard high school diploma/GED is required before admission to Education Programs.
Early Childhood Education
Early Childhood Education offers an opportunity to refresh and increase knowledge and competencies. Others who wish to explore and/or gain entry into the expanding child care and early education field can acquire practical experience as well as a basic preprofessional education. Parents can build knowledge and skills through parenting classes offered as part of this program.
Note: In addition to the required courses, participants will be required to have a current certificate in first aid and infant, child and adult CPR. This certification must be earned no earlier than one term prior to graduation.
Florida Child Care Professional Credential Training Program
The Santa Fe College Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC) Training Program is designed to meet the requirements for childhood staff credential with Florida Department of Children and Families. The FCCPC credential is awarded after training, the preparation of a professional resource file, the accumulation of 480 hours of direct work with children and the successful completion of the advisor observation and verification meeting. The FCCPC credential meets the state of Florida requirements for child care personnel.
Total Program Hours: 12
Credits earned in the FCCPC training program may be applied toward the Early Intervention Certificate and the Associate in Science degree in Early Childhood Education.
Child Development High School Dual Enrollment
The Child Development program at Santa Fe College offers high school students in the Dual Enrollment Program to pursue the Early Intervention Certificate. All credits transfer to the Associate in Science degree in Early Childhood Education.
The steps are as follows:
- Apply to the High School Dual Enrollment Program, indicating an interest in Child Development.
- Once the HS Dual enrollment application has been processed, Students must complete an advising appointment with the Education Programs academic advisor.
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