What courses do I need to complete for the early childhood program? Do I need to see an advisor?
The early childhood program (AS.CHILD) is a 63 credit program.
Click here to review the Early Childhood Advising Guide (scroll to A.S CHILD)
Students no longer need to complete the Small Business Management course. They may now take Introduction to Entrepreneurship.
Students who are interested in the program should meet with Jodi Haller, Academic Advisor for the Associate of Science and Technical Programs. Ms. Haller may be contacted at email@example.com or by calling 813-253-7795. Ms. Haller's office is in room 207H of the Ybor Student Services Building (YSSB 207H). Please sign in at the front desk on the first floor of the student services building and ask specifically for Ms. Haller.
I’m already working in childcare. I have my CDA and other certificates. Can I use them toward an AS degree in your program?
Students are awarded 9 credits toward their AS if they have a staff credential (National CDA, ECPC, FCCPC, or other state equivalency).
Submit your DCF training transcript documenting the receipt of a staff credential. You may access your transcript through
http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/childcare/ or https://training01-dcf.myflorida.com/studentsite/admin/login.jsf
Write your HCC student id, contact tel. number, and home mailing address on the back of the form. We will complete the paperwork to have the 9 credits (EEC1300, EEC1311, and EEC1941) placed on your HCC transcript. You may drop off your DCF transcript at YCDC-209 or YCDC-101. You may also mail your transcript to: Dr. G. Parsons, HCC Ybor Campus CDC, 2112 N. 15th Street, Tampa, FL 33605
I have a Director’s Credential. Can I use this toward an AS degree in your program?
Three credits will be placed on your transcript for EEC1521 (a required course in the AS.CHILD program) if you completed CHD1800 (the administrative credential course) at HCC.
Submit your HCC transcript indicating the successful completion of CHD1800. Write your HCC student id, contact tel. number, and home mailing address on the back of the form.
We will complete the paperwork to have the 3 credits for EEC1521 placed on your HCC transcript.
You may drop off your HCC transcript at YCDC-209 or YCDC-101. An unofficial copy of your transcript is acceptable. You may also mail your transcript to:
Dr. G. Parsons, HCC Ybor Campus CDC, 2112 N. 15th Street, Tampa, FL 33605
I want to work with young children. How do I get into your program?
If you are interested in pursuing the Associate in Science degree, please meet with Jodi Haller, Academic Advisor for the Associate of Science and Technical Programs. Ms. Haller may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 813-253-7795. Ms. Haller's office is in room 207H of the Ybor Student Services Building (YSSB 207H). Please sign in at the front desk on the first floor of the student services building and ask specifically for Ms. Haller.
Resources for future students are available online at /Future-Students.aspx
When do classes begin? When do I need to register?
You may access the academic calendar online at /Future-Students.aspx
How do I know which courses are available?
You may search for courses at /SearchSections/
How much do classes cost?
Information about tuition and financial aid may be accessed at /Future-Students.aspx
Is financial assistance available at HCC?
Students are encouraged to visit the financial aid department in student services for information about financial assistance.
Click onto /financial-aid.aspx for detailed information.
Additional Sources of Financial Assistance
T.E.A.C.H. Program: The Teacher Education And Compensation Helps scholarship program provides scholarships for early childhood professionals pursuing an A.S. degree in Early Childhood, a CDA, a CDA equivalency, and/or an Administrative Credential. You may contact the T.E.A.C.H. office by calling 877.FL.TEACH or at http://www.teach-fl.com/
Under management of the Children’s Forum (http://www.thechildrensforum.com/ ) , the Florida T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Scholarship Program serves as an umbrella for a variety of educational scholarship opportunities for people working in early care and education programs including family child care homes. Since 1998, more than 10,000 scholarships have been awarded. Please watch the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood National Video by clicking onto http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxbGFmdKHNI
Scholarships, Grants, and Work Study /financial-aid/scholarships---grants---workstudy.aspx
Does HCC offer any early childhood courses online?
DEP2102 is offered as a fully online course. EEC1401 and EEC1308 are also periodically offered online. Many early childhood courses are offered as hybrid courses. Hybrid courses require a combination of in class and online sessions.
I live closer to the Dale Mabry campus, are there any early childhood classes offered there?
The early childhood program is based at the Ybor campus. Although there are no early childhood courses currently being offered at the Dale Mabry campus, you may complete general education requirements at any campus. There are 2 early childhood teaching lab schools at the college. One is based at the Dale Mabry campus. You may complete your practicum hours at the Dale Mabry teaching lab school.
What are the requirements for the practicum courses?
Students within the AS.CHILD program are required to complete two practicum courses (EEC1941, EEC1943). Each practicum course requires documentation of 240 hours within a licensed childcare program. Twenty of these hours must be completed at the campus-based child care center. Students should complete EEC1300 and EEC1521 prior to registering for the first practicum course (EEC1941). Students are required to complete a criminal background check. Results of the criminal background verification must be received prior to beginning practicum hours. Information about Florida’s requirements for background screening may be accessed at http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/backgroundscreening/
Do I have to complete all practicum hours at your child development centers?
No. Each practicum course (EEC1941, EEC1943) requires the completion of 240 hours within a licensed child care setting. Twenty of these hours must be completed within one or both of HCC’s child development centers over a minimum of 4 visits.
What can I do with an AS degree in Early Childhood Management?
The Associate in Science program prepares students for a variety of careers in the early childhood field and gives students the competencies and practical experience needed for a staff credential. The coursework focuses on the development, care, guidance, and education of young children. Many of our graduates work as early childhood teachers in preschools, center-based and family-based programs. Many are directors of child care programs. We strongly recommend that students contact prospective employers to ask about educational requirements as these may differ from employer to employer.
Do you provide CDA training?
No. The CDA is a national staff credential offered through the Council for Professional Recognition. The Council may be contacted at 800-424-4310 or at http://www.cdacouncil.org/
Do I automatically have a credential if I have a degree in early childhood?
If you have a degree, you may already qualify for a staff credential.
Refer to http://www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/child-care/staff-credential
If your degree is out of field, you will need to obtain 6 credits in early childhood. You will need to have documentation of 480 hours working with young children.
Once you graduate with HCC’s AS.CHILD degree, you may submit a staff credential verification application http://ccrain.fl-dcf.org/documents/6/467.pdf#page=1 to the Florida Department of Children and Families. The credential will be recorded on your DCF training transcript.
What training do I need to work with children in the state of Florida?
Detailed information about child care training within the State of Florida may be accessed at http://www.myflorida.com/childcare/training
The site will provide you with the following information:
•Training information and requirements for child care facilities and family child care programs
•Early literacy training requirements
•Educational waivers for those with advanced degrees
•Credentialing information for staff and director credentials
•Online child care training courses
•Child care training and credentialing forms and applications
•Child care training and credentialing fact sheets and brochures Page 7 of 7
I have a Bachelor’s degree but not in the field of education. How do I get a staff credential?
Individuals with an advanced degree must complete at least six college credit hours in early childhood education/child development and document at least 480 hours of experience in a child care setting serving children ages birth through eight. For detailed information about these requirements, log onto http://www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/child-care/staff-credential Application forms may be accessed at http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/childcare/forms.shtml
Students may complete two of the following courses at HCC to meet the six college credit hour requirement: EEC 1300, 1308, 1311, 1401, 1521, 1721, 2271, 2270
Detailed information regarding child care training within the State of Florida (including educational exemptions/waivers for those with advanced degrees) may be accessed at http://www.myflorida.com/childcare/training or by calling 1-888-352-2842.
Are there any specific early childcare classes I need to take for renewing my staff credential?
Students may renew their staff credential by completing one of the following courses: EEC 1300, 1308, 1311, 1401, 1521, 1721, 2271, 2270. Additional requirements are noted on renewal application forms.
Application forms may be accessed at http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/childcare/forms.shtml
**It is very important to review training information updates on http://www.myflorida.com/childcare/training as requirements periodically change.
How do I become a director of a child care program? Child Care Program Directors must be credentialed as part of the minimum licensing standard. Detailed information about the Director Credential may be accessed at http://www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/child-care/director-credential
You may download an application at http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/childcare/forms.shtml
Hillsborough Community College offers coursework for Director Credential requirements (CHD-1800). Students must complete the requirements for a staff credential prior to registering for CHD-1800. CHD-1800 is a three credit course. The course is typically offered over six mandatory class sessions held on Saturdays.
A private pre-kindergarten program delivering VPK must have a director who has a VPK Director Endorsement. Refer to http://www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/child-care/director-credential
For more information about the VPK Endorsement and VPK requirements, contact the Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County at 813.515.2340 or http://www.elchc.org/
I want to open a childcare center. How do I get started?
If you are interested in opening a childcare facility, contact the Hillsborough County Child Care licensing department at (813) 272-6487 or log onto http://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/index.aspx?NID=953 for detailed information regarding the licensing process. If you are interested in opening a family childcare home in Hillsborough County, log onto http://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/index.aspx?NID=969
I don’t want to pursue an AS degree right now, I just want to get my staff credential. What do I need to do?
Staff credential training is offered through the Hillsborough County School Board
Where can I get more information about VPK?
For information about VPK in Hillsborough County, please log onto http://www.elchc.org/ (Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County) or call 813.515.2340. Information is also accessible at http://www.sdhc.k12.fl.us/doc/388