Program Admission

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.  More information can be found at
  • Associates level degree must be earned with a minimum 2.5-grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale.
  • Completion of one 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 (recommended, but not required)
    • EME2040 – Introduction to Technology for Educators (recommended, but not required)
    • 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. The form can be downloaded here.
  • Additional admission requirements include the submission of a cover letter and specific acknowledgments, which can be downloaded here.
  • Under special circumstances, a one-semester admission waiver can be requested. For more information, contact Dr. Patty Linder at