The Early Childhood Development and Education program prepares reflective, competent and caring early childhood development and education professionals to impact a diverse population of young children and families using research-based, developmentally appropriate practices. We believe that all young children deserve a strong foundation in a safe and nurturing environment, utilizing a constructive approach to learning through collaboration with family and community.

Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Science

Early Childhood Development and Education (BS)

Track 1: Education, Pre-Kindergarten – Primary (PK-3)

Education: Pre-Kindergarten – Primary (PK-3) track majors take a variety of courses related to young children and their learning, development, and family environment. Students in Track 1 are working toward teacher certification in Pre-Kindergarten-Primary (PK-3) with ESOL Endorsement and Reading Endorsement. Students in this track take a series of core and specialization courses to prepare them to teach in the schools and to demonstrate mastery of the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAP). Early and continuous field experiences are provided to enhance the students in this track with an integration of theory and practice in school settings. This degree culminates in a semester-long internship.

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The Early Childhood Development Education B.S. program, Education Track 1: Pre-Kindergarten-Primary (PK-3), meets the educational eligibility criteria for certification in Prekindergarten/Primary Education (Age 3-Gr 3) in the State of Florida. Graduates of this Florida state-approved teacher preparation program will qualify for a Professional Florida Educator's Certificate. Graduates of the program who wish to teach in another U.S. state or country may require additional eligibility criteria to qualify for licensure and/or certification in those locations. We are unable to confirm the licensure and/or certification requirements of other states or countries. Therefore, if you intend to pursue such credentialing in another state or elsewhere, it is advised that you to contact the applicable state or country credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements and determine if this program meets the applicable eligibility criteria. If you have additional questions in this regard, please contact edstudserv@ucf.edu to assist you in your career planning.

Track 2: Early Childhood Development

Early Childhood Development track majors take a variety of courses related to young children and their learning, development, and family environment. Students take a series of core and specialization courses to prepare them to work with children, parents, and families in a variety of settings. This degree culminates in a semester-long practicum.

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Undergraduate Minor

Early Childhood Development and Education

The Early Childhood Development and Education minor is intended to provide a limited, but substantive experience in the fields of development and early childhood education. The minor is intended for University students enrolled outside the Early Childhood Development and Education major and does not lead to teacher certification or admission to the College of Community Innovation and Education. The minor is appropriate for students who are seeking an enhanced understanding of education and development or are considering a career working with young children in the fields of early childhood education, social work, psychology, or health services. This minor will strengthen the marketability of the student’s major program. This minor is available for students in the 2003 catalog year and beyond.

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Graduate Program

Master of Science

Early Childhood Development and Education

The Master of Science program in Early Childhood Development and Education (ECDE) is designed to meet the needs of professionals who want to work with young children and their families. The ECDE program delivers relevant, rigorous course work and related academic experiences.

The program is designed for candidates with undergraduate degrees in a wide range of areas, including but not limited to early childhood development and education, such as child development, psychology, communication disorders, sociology, nursing, theatre, and music. The program of study includes advanced professional development in early child development and education for careers with direct and indirect services for young children and families. Direct early education services to young children and families can include homes, schools, and other community settings, such as child care and Head Start. Indirect services can include: child assessment, program evaluation, child care resource and referral, early learning coalitions, community college instruction, and child advocacy. Graduates of this program are encouraged to serve as a bridge among schools and community agencies and to nurture leadership skills in these areas.

In addition to fostering the professional development of previously certified early childhood teachers, this program will also serve as a bridge among schools and community agencies and will provide the educational experiences to nurture educational leaders who will work within and across these areas.

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Doctoral Program

Doctor of Philosophy

Education (Phd) – Early Childhood

The Early Childhood track in the Education PhD program is designed to prepare highly competent doctoral-level professionals to assume leadership positions in teaching, research, and service in the area of early childhood.

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