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Because there are varied professional paths and opportunities in this field, separate areas of specialization, called concentrations, are offered. Students may choose to take courses within concentrations that focus on
Working with young children (birth through age eight), their families and their communities. The major is intended to strengthen skills, increase understanding and broaden attitudes of our students in their work with children and families. The importance of educating young children cannot be overstated in the present and for the future. The Early Childhood Studies degree is even more imperative due to federal government regulations that require each day care center and head start program to have teachers and directors with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree.
It is important to note that the teacher concentration does not grant certification, but provides a sound pedagogical foundation for students who wish to apply for teacher certification in their respective states.
The Bachelor of Science degree with a Major in Early Childhood Studies is designed to provide a vehicle for professionals in the field to directly apply their knowledge. The major promotes professionalism in the field and can only improve the development of young children.
The curriculum is guided by research and adherence to best-practices in the field. Learning outcomes drive the direction of the curriculum and are adopted from the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
There is a need for professionals in the field of early childhood studies. The federal mandate ACF-IM-HS-08-12 states that “…at least 50% of Head Start teachers nation-wide must have a baccalaureate or advanced degree.” Additionally in Florida, there is a need as specified by law. Florida State Statute 1002.652 states that “…the aspiration goal that each Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) classroom will have at least one Pre-K teacher who holds a bachelor degree or higher in the field of early childhood education or child development.”