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Program Snapshot
Academic CredentialAssociate in Arts (AA)
Total Credit Hours60
Average Time to Complete2 yrs.
Academic PathwaySocial, Behavioral, Education
AdvisorAmanda Manning
Instructional Coordinator for Education Programs
850.769.1551 ext. 2869

Senior Administrative AssistantMs. Jody Walton
210 Social Sciences Building

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Early Childhood Education - AA

If you are interested in teaching early childhood ages birth to five years of age, this is a great University Transfer Track for you. You may qualify for a Florida professional teaching certificate in early childhood education, with successful completion of a four-year degree at a university, and upon obtaining appropriate teaching certification requirements.

Your first step towards a successful career in teaching is Gulf Coast State College’s Early Childhood Education University Transfer Track!

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Early Childhood Education Program Course Requirements


ENC1101, English I & II
Visual and Performing Arts or
Philosophy/Religion or
Select One from a list of Math Courses
Physical Sciences or
Biological Sciences
Behavioral Sciences
U.S. History I or II

Teaching Courses

A complete list of courses with descriptions can be found in the Catalog

What can you do with a Early Childhood Education AA Degree?

In this field, people find careers as:

Child Development Center Teacher or Manager
Home Visitor
Preschool or Infant Teacher
Early Intervention Associate
Child Development Center Curriculum Coordinator

Gulf Coast alumni of this program have continued their education at:

University of South Florida
Florida State University
University of Central Florida
Florida International University

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Are There any Special Admission Requirements for the University Transfer Track in Early Childhood Education?

  • Before entering the classroom for observations, you would be required by the State of Florida to have a Level 2 background clearance issued by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
  • Once written verification of a completed and approved background clearance is submitted to Gulf Coast State College, you may complete on-site requirements.
  • You must attend and comply with requirements of school systems where observations are conducted. GCSC has articulation agreements with Gulf, Franklin, and Bay School Districts for classroom observations.
  • You must pay all costs associated with the background clearance.
  • For more information concerning required classes go to the Course Requirements webpage.

What Jobs  Could I Get by Completing GCSC's Early Childhood Education AA Program?

You would be able to seek employment after completing the two-year Early Childhood Education AA degree program, as a teacher in child care and preschool programs.

How much Can I Expect to Earn as an Early Childhood Education Teacher?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, the national median pay for preschool teachers in 2014 was $28,120.00 per year (Associate’s degree education level).  As a preschool teacher, with an associate degree, you could average $28,120 annually.

As a preschool teacher at the elementary school level, which usually requires a four-year degree, you could average $43,930.00 annually.

Lynne Eldridge

Meet Lynne Eldridge, GCSC Student Instructor

"The field of early childhood education reflects a partnership between the three institutions most critical to a growing community; business, education, and family. This is the platform that separates GCSC from other educational institutions. More than teaching the concepts of child development, or theories of education, GCSC helps students experience the connection to the power of life-long learning." – Executive Director of the Early Learning Coalition of Northwest Florida

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Consult the Gulf Coast State College Catalog for specific program and course information.


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