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Associate of Science in Early Childhood Development, Education & Management

Program Details

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.


  • A high school diploma or equivalent

Accreditation & Licensing

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges