2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Apr 11, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Early Childhood Development and Education, Track 2: Early Childhood Development (B.S.)

College of Community Innovation and Education
School of Teacher Education
Education Complex and Gym (ED), 209


Associate Lecturer and Academic Program Coordinator: Dr. Judy Levin
Education Complex and Gym (ED), 122L

EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT TRACK Early Childhood Development majors take a variety of courses related to young children and their learning, development, and family environment. Students take a series of core and specialization courses to prepare them to work with children, parents, and families in a variety of settings. This degree culminates in a semester-long practicum.

Admission Requirements

  • Complete the University General Education requirements or its equivalent, i.e. an AA degree from an approved Florida College System or State University System institution.
  • Have a minimum 2.75 overall GPA, with provisional acceptance for one semester if GPA is 2.5 (GPA must be 2.75 by the second semester).
  • Complete Child Development Common Program Prerequisite courses with a minimum letter grade of “C” (2.0) or better.
  • Meet the Gordon Rule Requirement.
  • Meet Foreign Language Admission Requirement.

Degree Requirements

  • Students must seek advising through the Early Childhood Development and Education staff in the Education Complex, Suite 122 or by e-mail (ece@ucf.edu) prior to registering for classes.
  • The courses designated in 1. (General Education) and 2. (Prerequisites) should be completed prior to admission to the major and upper division education courses.
  • Students must earn a “C” (2.0) or better in each required Early Childhood Development and Education course. However, a minimum overall 2.75 GPA in all courses within the major is required.

General Education Program (GEP) (36 Credit Hours)

  • Students are advised to take the preferred courses.

Communication Foundations (9 Credit Hours)

Cultural & Historical Foundations (9 Credit Hours)

Mathematical Foundations (6 Credit Hours)

Select One: (3 Credit Hours)

Social Foundations (6 Credit Hours)

Science Foundations (6 Credit Hours)

Common Program Prerequisites (CPP) (6 Credit Hours)

A grade of “C” (2.0) or better is required.

Select One: (3 Credit Hours)

1 For students interested in a career as a Child Life Specialist, select EDF 2130.

Core Requirements: Basic Level (18 Credit Hours)

A grade of “C” (2.0) or better is required.

Core Requirements: Advanced Level (60 Credits)

  • All methods/specialization/foundations courses must be completed with a letter grade of “C” (2.0) or better before registering for Practicum: Early Childhood Development. However, a minimum GPA of 2.75 is required in the professional, specialization and overall for admission to Practicum: Early Childhood Development.
  • A grade of “C” (2.0) or better is required.

Semester IV (12 Credit Hours)

Select Three Early Childhood Development Track Electives (9 Credit Hours)

Note: Students must consult with their advisor regarding approval for other elective options.

A grade of “C” (2.0) or better is required.

Semester V (12 Credit Hours)

Restricted Electives

  • None

Capstone Requirements

  • None


  • None

Foreign Language Requirements


  • State University System foreign language admission requirement: Two years in high school or one year of college instruction in a single foreign language. (This requirement applies to those students admitted to the University without the required two units of foreign language in high school.)


  • None

Additional Requirements

  • None

Required Minors

  • None

Departmental Exit Requirements

  • Achieve a minimum overall 2.75 GPA in all courses within the major.
  • Achieve a minimum 2.75 GPA in the education core coursework.
  • Achieve a minimum 2.75 GPA in the specialization coursework.
  • Achieve a minimum overall 2.75 GPA
  • You must upload key assignments using the Via by Watermark platform. Key assignments are assessed by faculty to provide evidence of candidate proficiency in all Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPs).
  • All teacher education candidates, Lifelong Learning majors and Early Childhood Development & Education majors (all ECDE tracks) are required to complete all Via requirements for graduation. See https://ccie.ucf.edu/explore-via/.

University Minimum Exit Requirements

  • A 2.0 UCF GPA
  • 48 semester hours of upper division credit completed
  • 60 semester hours earned after CLEP awarded
  • 30 of the last 39 hours of course work must be completed in residency at UCF.
  • A maximum of 45 hours of extension, correspondence, CLEP, Credit by Exam, and Armed Forces credits permitted.
  • Complete the General Education Program, the Gordon Rule, and nine hours of Summer credit.

Total Undergraduate Credit Hours Required: 120

Additional Information

Honors In Major

  • None

Related Programs

  • None


  • None

Related Minors

  • None

Advising Notes

  • In addition to EDF 2085 , a minimum of 6 hours with an international or diversity focus is required. The foreign language admission requirement may be used to meet this requirement.
  • Students interested in a Child Life Specialist Certification should seek advising from the ECDE program faculty for electives selection.
  • Students interested in Child Life Specialist Certification: Take EEC 4744 - Child Life: Psychosocial Care of Children in Health Settings  as an elective course

Transfer Notes

  • Courses taken at Florida College System institutions may substitute for select courses in prerequisites with the permission of the department.

Acceptable Substitutes for Transfer Courses

  • None

 Program Academic Learning Compacts

Plan of Study

  • Note: This recommended sequence may vary at selected regional campus locations. Consult with your Education advisor and review your degree audit for more recent information.

Freshman Year - Fall (12 Credit Hours)

Freshman Year - Spring (15 Credit Hours)

Select One: (3 Credit Hours)

Freshman Year - Summer (6 Credit Hours)

Sophomore Year - Fall (15 Credit Hours)

Sophomore Year - Spring (12 Credit Hours)

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Cultural & Historical Foundation, Area 3 Elective (Prefer course from Cultural & Historical Foundation, Area 1) Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective with Advisor approval Credit Hours: 3

Senior Year - Fall (12 Credit Hours)

Senior Year - Spring (12 Credit Hours)