Program Overview

Tallahassee Community College offers an Associate’s degree (A.S.) in Early Childhood Development, Education and Management for anyone looking for careers in early childhood education, childcare facility management or childcare facility ownership.  The program is 63 credit hours in length.  

For the admission process, a high school diploma or GED diploma is required as well as meeting the minimum scores for the Florida Postsecondary Education Readiness Test, ACT or SAT.

The program consists of two major sections which are General Education (15 hrs.) and Program specific courses (48 hrs.).  General education requirements include College Composition, Argument and Persuasion, and one course from each of the following areas: Humanities, Mathematics, and Social Science.  

Program-specific courses are broken into two brackets: FCCPC/CDA courses and Additional Program courses.  The Florida Childcare Professional Credential (FCCPC)/Child Development Associate (CDA) courses are as follows: Education of the Young, Directed Observation and Participation, Early Childhood Development and Guidance, Home, School, and Community in Early Education, and Educational Field Experience.  

The Additional Program courses are Cognitive Experiences for Young Children, Guiding the Young Child, Survey of Disabling Conditions in Young Children, Special Topics in Early Childhood Education, Management of a Childcare Center, Children’s Literature in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Introduction to Technology for Educators, Personal Finance, Creative Experiences for Young Children and an elective course of the student's choice.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


    A high school diploma or GED diploma and meet the required minimum scores on the Florida Postsecondary Education Readiness Test, SAT or ACT (or complete the necessary developmental courses)

    School Overview

    Founded in 1966, the public two-year Tallahassee Community College initially opened to serve the counties of Leon, Gadsden and Wakulla. Since its founding, the college has continued to grow, and today, nearly 15,000 students, including out-of-state and international students, attend TCC. TCC has developed a mission “to provide a learning environment that prepares students for success in a global economy by offering higher education pathways, workforce opportunities and civic engagement experiences.”

    Students can pursue associate’s degrees, certificate programs, and workforce training. And though TCC only offers two-year programs, many students can transfer into four-year programs and complete bachelor’s degrees on-campus through articulation agreements with other Florida state higher education institutions. Students can attend on-campus day and evening classes, in addition to enrolling in online coursework which is housed in the Center for Distance Learning. More than 500 online classes are offered at TCC annually, including three online degrees.


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