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Bachelor of Science in
Early Childhood Education

Frequently Asked Questions


What bachelor’s degrees in education are offered at the College of Central Florida?
CF offers a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education.

Is CF accredited?
Yes, CF and the Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education program are accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Upon graduation, what will be my qualifications?
The graduate will hold a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education with Florida Prekindergarten/Primary (PreK-3) teacher certification, a reading endorsement (K-12), and a Pre-K disability endorsement. The English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) endorsement (K-12) can be obtained by taking one additional class.

Who should apply for the Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education program?
This program is designed for students who wish to teach children from age 3 through grade 3, or for those wishing to further their degree in early childhood education.

When can I apply for admission?
The application is available here, or click on Apply Now at www.CF.edu, then follow the links.  

When is the application deadline?
The application deadline for the 2014 Spring “A” term, beginning January 8, is December 9.  The application deadline for 2014 Spring “B” term, beginning March 6, is February 14.  The application for the 2014 Summer term, beginning May 14, is April 24.

How long will it take me to complete the B.S. program?
There are 36 upper-level credits and at least 24 lower-division E.C.E. or General Education credits to complete to earn your B.S. degree.  A student following the advised program of study could complete these credits in two years. You may review the program of study here, and course descriptions are found here.

Are there classes during the summer?
Currently, there are no bachelor degree courses in education scheduled for summer; however, the student teaching internship may be completed during the summer. In addition, the majority of the required General Education or E.C.E. lower division courses may be taken over the summer.

Is there a waiting list or limited admission to this program?
All students who meet admission standards have the opportunity to enroll in this program.

Are there prerequisites for the program?
Students should complete all lower-division state-mandated program prerequisites, including the education prerequisites: Introduction to the Teaching Profession, Teaching Diverse Populations and Introduction to Educational Technology.

What are the admission criteria?

  • Submit a CF Bachelor Degree Program Application along with a one-time application fee of $30.
    • Complete an Associate in Science or Associate in Arts degree program.
    • Request to have official transcripts sent from all colleges attended.
    • A GPA of 2.5 or higher.
    • Complete all lower-division education prerequisites: Introduction to the Teaching Profession, Teaching Diverse Populations and Introduction to Educational Technology.
    • Obtain a passing score on the General Knowledge portion of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam.

Who will help me prepare for admission?
Kelly Besser, who may be contacted at Kelly.Besser@cf.edu or 352-854-2322, ext. 1620, will guide you through completion of any pre-requisites and testing.          

Can I attend this program as either a part-time or full-time student?
Yes. Some courses do have co-requisites and must be taken together. Your academic advisor will assist with scheduling as needed.       

When do I enroll for classes?
You will enroll for your first semester classes at a mandatory orientation meeting. Your advisor and Early Childhood Education faculty will alert you to registration for subsequent semesters.

How many of my current credits can be used toward the degree?
Credit transfer will be evaluated on an individual basis. All credits from a previously earned associate degree programs will be applied as appropriate toward the bachelor’s degree program.

What courses should I take once I am accepted into the bachelor program?
Once you are accepted into the program, make an appointment to speak with Kelly Besser, Kelly.Besser@cf.edu or 352-854-2322, ext. 1620. She will advise you of the recommended program of study and work with you on appropriate course choices. You might also want to review our advising sheet.

Can I do my coursework at my job if I work at a child care center, Head Start, or public/private school?
We are pleased to provide opportunity for one of the field experiences to be completed at your work place setting, if within the guidelines provided by the Florida Department of Education. Because the degree requirement has reading and ESOL endorsements which cover K-12, some field experience time may be spent in the intermediate grades or in a middle or high school setting. Field experience for the Pre-K disability endorsement courses will require a setting where the student candidate interacts with differently abled children. (The Teacher Education Department at CF will organize all field placements. The student is not to make contact with any setting or individual in regard to field placements.)

Will I have to complete student teaching?
Yes, all state-approved Teacher Education programs require an internship.

What is the cost for the program?
2013-2014 tuition is $120.89 per credit hour for Florida residents and $570.77 for nonresidents. The fee is subject to change based on state statute.

Is financial assistance available?
Yes, financial aid and scholarships are available to all eligible students. Submit an online Free Application for Federal Student Aid to be eligible for financial aid at CF. Be sure to include CF’s federal school code number, 001471.

Can I pay my tuition and fees online, or do I have to come to campus?
After you have registered for courses, you may pay online by logging in to the MyCF portal at www.CF.edu. Click on the Enrollment tab, then My Classes and Fees and then My Fee Statement. Scroll to the bottom of the page for online payment information.  

Where will I purchase my textbooks?
Textbooks are available at the CF Bookstore at the Ocala Campus and from other sources.         

Who can I contact if I have questions?
For information, contact Dr. Heidi Maier at Heidi.Maier@cf.edu or 352-854-2322, ext. 1915; or Kelly Besser at Kelly.Besser@cf.edu or 352-854-2322, ext. 1620.

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