A.S., Early Childhood Management
Florida State College at Jacksonville
Associate of Science, Early Childhood Management
The A.S. in Early Childhood Management will prepare you for careers working with young children in public/private child development centers and family home child care centers. From child growth and development and early childhood education to program development, you will get a well-rounded education in developmentally appropriate and culturally sensitive practices that help to shape a child’s social, emotional, physical and cognitive development.
You can choose to focus on education or management. This degree will prepare you to teach children under the age of five or to direct operations at a child care facility. After completing this degree program, you will qualify for appropriate Florida Department of Children and Families’ child care training certifications, including the Active Birth through Five Child Care Credential. In addition, you will meet the educational requirements for the Florida Department of Children and Families’ Director Credential and, if qualified, the Advanced Director Credential.
What can I do with this degree program?
Here are some common professional paths for graduates:
- Preschool Teacher
- Prekindergarten Teacher
- Home Child Care Operator
- Child Care Center Director
- Teacher's Aide
- And more!
What’s in it for you:
- A personal coach to guide you through the enrollment process and along the path to graduation.
- 100% fully online classes.
- Credit for college credits previously earned from accredited institutions.
- Scholarships, financial aid and grants for eligible students.
General Admissions Eligibility Criteria
1. Individuals under the age of 18 with a significant disciplinary criminal record may be excluded from admission at the discretion of College Administration.
2. Pursuant to §1001.64(8)(a), F.S., the College may consider the past actions of any individual applying for admission or enrollment. The College may deny admission or enrollment to an individual because of misconduct if determined to be in the best interest of the College. An individual designated as a sexual predator by any court will not be admitted to or enrolled with the College. An individual identified as a sexual offender by any court may be considered for admission or enrollment using procedures established by the administration.
3. Students who have been declared a sexual predator or sexual offender admitted prior to the adoption of this Rule and are in continuous enrollment may continue their education. Those admitted will be allowed on a College campus only as may be required to complete a program of study at the College.
4. A student designated as a sexual predator or sexual offender admitted and continuously enrolled prior to the adoption of this Rule will be subject to procedures established by the administration, including, but not limited to, responsibilities and any conditions or restraints to continue his/her enrollment.
5. Selective Admissions: Some associate degree, baccalaureate degree and technical certificate programs have additional admissions requirements as established by the College administration, State Statute or State Board of Education rule. Admission requirements for all selective admission programs will be published on the program curriculum pages of the College’s catalog.
1. Must have earned an Associate in Science (A.S.), Associate in Arts (A.A.) or 60 hours of transferable college credit or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a GPA of 2.0 or above. The Institution must have been regionally accredited at the time the degree or credits were awarded.
2. Must have met all requirements for college preparatory work.
3. Selective Admissions: All upper division programs have additional admissions requirements as established by the College administration, Florida Statutes or State Board of Education rule.
a. Additional requirements may include a higher grade-point-average requirement.
b. Admissions requirements are published on the program curriculum pages.
c. In compliance with state law, graduates from a public Florida state college or community college receive priority for admission to upper division programs.
4. Provisional Upper Division Admission: Students who do not meet all the requirements for an upper division baccalaureate program may be provisionally admitted to the baccalaureate program with approval of the appropriate dean or dean’s designee.
a. When provisionally admitted, students will be informed of the specific conditions required for full admission.
b. Students must meet conditions for full admission within one semester from the date of provisional admission.
c. Students who are admitted provisionally to baccalaureate programs must as a priority enroll in coursework that will fulfill conditions for full admissions status to their intended program of study during the term of provisional admission.
d. Requests for enrollment in upper division courses by provisionally admitted students must be considered and approved by special exception by the appropriate dean or the dean’s designee.
e. When the conditions for full admission have been satisfied the hold on enrollment in upper division courses may be lifted by the appropriate dean or dean’s designee.
f.Students participating in college preparatory (remedial) course work are ineligible for provisional admission.
5. Non-Degree Seeking Upper Division Students: Non-degree seeking students may be admitted to enroll in courses for which the student meets all program requirements and course pre-requisites on a space available basis. Enrollment in upper division courses requires submission of all postsecondary transcripts prior to registration as well as the approval of the appropriate dean or dean’s designee.
1. Must have earned a standard or college-ready high school diploma or the equivalency of a high school diploma. In compliance with the Code of Federal Regulations, 34 CFR 668.16 (p), validation of the high school transcript may be required.” Should the quality of the educational program of the institution attended appear unsatisfactory, the College has the authority not to accept all, or any part, of the previously earned credit or diploma. An official high school transcript with graduation date is required for admission.
2. Provisional Lower Division Admission: Individuals who have not graduated from high school may be provisionally admitted to the lower division in any of the following cases.
a. Dual Enrollment: Individuals enrolled at a public or private high school or home school may be provisionally admitted if they meet the dual enrollment requirements in accordance with state statute and rules, and as detailed in dual enrollment agreements with local school districts, private schools, or with home-school families.
3. Limited Special Admission (LSA): In order to accelerate postsecondary access for high school students who are precluded from Dual Enrollment by state statute and rules, the College offers Limited Special Admission (LSA) to individuals who meet specified criteria.
a. Individuals (typically seniors) who are enrolled at a public or private high school or are home-schooled, who have not yet officially graduated, but can provide an affidavit/documentation verifying the completion of all Florida secondary graduation requirements by the end of the current academic year, may be eligible for LSA to the College. Individuals who can present verification of having completed a GED® exam, during the semester just prior to the college term for which they are seeking admission, but who have not yet received scores from that exam at the time of registration, may also be eligible for LSA to the College pending receipt of the official scores.
b. Limited Special Admission (LSA), may not exceed one term of enrollment and a maximum of 12 credit hours. LSA will require the consent of the student’s parent or guardian, if a minor.
c. Students enrolling under the LSA provision must be qualified for college level coursework per passing scores on an approved college placement assessment and are responsible for all tuition, fees and course materials.
d. Students in this category must complete placement assessments and advising prior to registration.
e.Continued enrollment beyond one semester for LSA students is contingent upon:
f. The College’s receipt of an official high school transcript verifying graduation prior to the second term of postsecondary enrollment, or;
g. The receipt of an official score report indicating passing scores on all sections of the GED® test, or;
h. In the case of a home-schooled student, a parent affidavit verifying completion of all Florida secondary graduation requirements.
4. Bright Futures Florida Academic Scholars: Lower division students who qualify for the Florida Department of Education Bright Futures Florida Academic Scholars award may be guaranteed admission to a baccalaureate degree program.
a. The student must meet all entry requirements for the specified baccalaureate degree while completing the relevant associate degree.
b. Upon completion of the relevant associate’s degree, Bright Futures Academic Scholars will be admitted to the upper division program of study with no additional application process.