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Polk State’s Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education Program is a 60-hour, state-approved teacher preparation program that builds on an existing associate’s degree, either the Associate in Arts or the Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education and Management. Graduates of the program will be eligible for Florida Professional Teacher Certification in Pre-kindergarten/Primary Education (age 3-grade 3) with ESOL and Reading Endorsements.

Program Pathways

  • Students entering the BS in Early Childhood Education program with an Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education and Management will complete 18 credits hours in lower level general education courses and 42 credit hours in upper division early childhood education core courses.
  • Students entering the BS in Early Childhood Education program with an Associate in Arts degree will complete 18 credits hours in lower level early childhood education technical courses and 42 credit hours in upper division early childhood education core courses.

Please see the Program Pathways table for clarification.

Programs of Study

Teacher candidates in the Early Childhood Education program will engage in rigorous courses that integrated strategies for teaching English language learners and infuse literacy instruction across content areas appropriate for young learners. In addition, candidates will complete courses designed to develop knowledge of STEM content and the robust instructional skills they need to engage and excite children during the formative years of early learning. Polk State’s Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education program integrates theory with teaching practice to produce teachers who will spark imaginations and ignite the future. 

Please see the Program of Study plans for the AS to BS and AA to BS pathways for a list of courses and the recommended program sequence.