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Frequently Asked Questions About The Early Childhood Education Program

1. Is enrollment limited?

The Early Childhood Education program accepts students at any time. Enrollment is not limited at this time.

2. What is the employment outlook?

There is a high demand for employees in this field.

3. What salary can I expect to earn?

Salaries range from $8.00 to $14.00 per hour. Salary may be higher in different settings such as Head Start or Pre-K Early Intervention classes.

4. What are the typical working hours in this profession?

Working hours can range anywhere between 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Some centers may be open additional hours.

5. What are the program hours?

Early Childhood Education classes are held in the evenings, Monday through Thursday and online. Other A. S. degree required classes are offered online, day or night as noted in the college’s course schedule each semester.

6. How much does the program cost? What about books, lab fees?

At an in-state rate of $104.48 per credit hour, the tuition cost for this 63-credit two-year program would be about $6,582.00. For out-of-state students, the fee would be approximately $25,628.00 ($406.80 per credit hour). Books will cost about $800.00, and an insurance fee (billed as a “lab fee”) of $12.00 per year is also required. Other Lab fees are approximately $30.00.

7. Is a license required to work in this occupation?

No license is required in this field. However, child care workers must complete state mandated Child Care Workers Training Courses.

8. Is clinical or externship training required in the program?

Yes. One to two hours per week during the fall and spring terms is spent in a child care setting in which students are required to make observations and take notes. The final 6-week summer term is spent in a practicum program in which the student must demonstrate appropriate instruction in a child care facility; for which 6 semester credits are earned.

9. Will I have to take a Placement Test before entering the program?

Applicants who started high school in the 9th grade in 2003 or after at a Florida Public high school AND graduated from a Florida Public High School with a standard high school diploma are not required to take the placement test. If you have questions about your exemption status, please contact an academic advisor.

Those students that have successfully completed a college level English and/or Math course will not be required to take the placement test. All other students will be required to take the PERT  (PostSecondary Education Readiness Test) Placement Test.

10. I have previous college courses. Will they count in this program?

If assessed as equivalent to courses in the program, credits will be transferable.

11. When may I start the program?

You may enroll in the program during any semester.

12. Is Financial Aid available for this program?

Financial Aid may be available. Contact the Financial Aid office for additional information or the Program Manager for additional information. If you are currently employed in a child care facility, I urge you to look into the T.E.A.C.H. scholarship which funds up to 80% of your tuition and books. More information can be found at




1.  A.S. Degree – Early Childhood Education

This is a two-year degree program for students who want to prepare for careers such as: Early Childhood Teacher, Child Development Center Owner/Director, Lead Teacher, Infant/Toddler Teacher, and VPK Teacher.

2.  Florida CDA Waiver Certificate

This is a one or two course certificate program for students with an associate, baccalaureate or higher degree. The college credit courses for this program satisfy the state mandated CDA requirement for early childhood teachers and directors working in DCF licensed schools and centers.

3.  Renewal for the CDA Credential or Florida Professional Teacher’s Certificate

This is an option for students who want to renew their valid national CDA credential or their valid Florida Professional Teacher’s/Educator’s certificate with one or two of our early childhood courses. Daytona State College offers Early Childhood courses to assist with renewal requirements of the Department of Children and Family Services.

4.  Florida Child Care and Education Program Administrator (Director) Credential

The 3-credit hour college courses can be used to meet the educational requirements for the Foundational Level and the Advanced Level of the Florida Child Care and Education Program Administrator Credential.

Daytona State College
Early Childhood Education A.S. Degree

The purpose of the Early Childhood Education A.S. Degree is to prepare students for employment as teachers, curriculum coordinators, supervisors or directors in preschools and child development centers. The required general education and program courses provide quality preparation for the individuals with a special concern for young children and an interest in assisting them in their development and preparation for elementary school. 

The goal of this program is to promote professionalism and prepare individuals with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to provide healthy, safe, and developmentally appropriate educational programs in a variety of settings for children from early infancy through preschool. The program courses direct and support the training necessary for students to work effectively with children in their very formative years.

Any student, who has earned a high school diploma from an accredited institution or has passed the General Education Development (GED) test with scores meeting Florida standards, is eligible for admission to this program.

The admission process includes:

  • Submitting a completed Daytona State College application
  • Taking the placement test (PERT) for proper placement in future academic courses, if completing a degree (if non-exempt)
  • Meeting with the Program Manager
  • Registering for courses

After completing the admission process, students begin taking classes. Students’ educational goals, needs and preferences are considered to determine future course offerings and schedules.

  • All students are encouraged to complete and submit a financial aid packet to determine eligibility for Pell grants, as well as other federal, state and local grants, loans, and scholarships.

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Last updated: 2014-08-04T21:14:14.883Z