Early Childhood Education Program
The UNF Early Childhood Education Program
is accredited by NAEYC and coursework meets Florida Department of Education
certification requirements and guidelines provided by the National Association for
the Education of Young Children (NAEYC); the International Literary Association
(ILA); and the Division of Early Childhood (DEC). The courses provide in-depth,
research-based knowledge on key areas for early childhood professionals working
with children from birth though age 8. The University of North Florida
College of Education and Human Services Professional Development School network
offers students an opportunity to work in a variety of school settings,
including public, private and public charter school. For information
about the program or scholarships, please contact Dr. Christian Winterbottom firstname.lastname@example.org
or Dr. Katrina W. Hall email@example.com.
For the Masters in Early Childhood Educational Leadership, please contact Dr.
Anne Swanson firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ECE advisor is Mr. Jay Fuller email@example.com
At the undergraduate level, the program
offers two pathways to a bachelor’s degree.
concentrationleads to state certification in prek-primary/age 3 to
grade 3 with a TESOL endorsement. The concentration includes field work and a
final semester-long internship at a public school. Graduates of this
concentration are well-equipped for teaching in the public or private schools.
The Early Childhood Development concentration
is a non-licensure concentration that leads to a bachelor’s degree. Much of
this concentration is online and graduates are prepared for careers in early
childhood or working with children in a variety of professions including as
earl y learning teachers, directors, coaches and child advocates. This course
includes a 6-credit practicum that can be done in a variety of settings.
Graduate of this program go on to work in early learning centers, Head Start,
Early Head Start, and child-centered non-profits. Graduates of this
program may work with the faculty and advising office toward completing
coursework that could be used to meet the requirements for obtaining Florida PreK-Primary teaching certificate.
The ECE program also offers a minor in early childhood that provides
coursework useful for students in fields including psychology, sociology,
criminal justice, pre-law, music, art, as well as elementary, ASL, deaf
education and exceptional student education.
At the graduate level, the ECE offers a
variety of options as well.
The graduate certificate in Early Childhood is
an 18-credit program that provides a foundation for adults who want to pursue
early learning coaching, training, and leadership positions in the private and
public sector. Many of our students take the 18-credits in order to be able to
teach early childhood courses at the undergraduate level in colleges and
universities. While this certificate is stand-alone, students may work with an
advisor and the graduate school to include this coursework as part of a larger
masters or doctoral program.
The Elementary Education Professional Development Master’s
Degree with a concentration in Early Childhood is attractive for
students who want to obtain a graduate degree with a focus in early childhood.
This degree is suitable for teacher leaders, instructional coaches, and other
positions in private and public sector.
Early Childhood Educational Leadership Master’s Degree housed in the educational leadership department includes a specialization
in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Advocacy specifically in the area of
early childhood. This specialization is an interdisciplinary program designed
for people who work or wish to work as a leader in the field of early childhood
education. The program supports the development of leadership skills for those
who wish to serve in positions within community, state, and national agencies,
in both the public and private sector to support the healthy development,
growth, and education of families and children. This specialization provides
grounding in social, historical, philosophical, developmental, educational, and
international perspectives of leadership and early childhood education.