Pre-Major, Early Childhood Development and Education

Associate in Arts Degree

This pre-major is designed for the student who plans to transfer to the University of Central Florida as a junior to complete a four-year Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. If this pre-major transfers to a limited-access program, you are responsible for completing the specific requirements of the institution to which you will transfer as completion of this pre-major does not guarantee admission to an upper division limited-access program. If you are planning to attend a college other than UCF, and need specific transfer information, meet with a Valencia advisor to review your transfer plans, and check the transfer institution catalog for specific degree requirements. Students are strongly encouraged to take electives that relate to their intended baccalaureate degree program.

Start Right

Degree-seeking students enrolling at Valencia for the first time will have a limited range of courses from which to choose for their first 18 college-level credits. Within the first 18 college credit hours, you will be required to take SLS 1122 (3 credits), ENC1101 (3 credits), and a mathematics course appropriate to your selected meta-major (3 credits). The remaining courses should be chosen from the General Education Core Courses in humanities (3 credits), science (3 credits), or social science (3 credits), and/or the introductory courses within the A.A. Pre-Majors (or articulated pre-majors for those tabs). For specific courses see the Foundation Courses on the “Program Requirements” tab. For course sequencing recommendations, you can create an education plan by logging into Atlas, clicking on the LifeMap tab and clicking My Education Plan.

Financial Aid

In order to be eligible for and calculated in your enrollment status for financial aid, courses for which you are enrolled must count toward your Associate in Arts degree (36 credits of general education and 24 credits of electives). Courses listed in this plan may not be eligible for and calculated in your enrollment status financial aid if you took other course work outside of this plan (examples include prior course work from prerequisites, changing a major, and transfer course work not included in this plan).

Common Prerequisites

These are courses that are required for the noted major at Florida public universities. For more information on common prerequisites, check the statewide advising manual at

Math Pathways

A Math Pathway is the recommended math course sequence that leads to completion of the General Education math requirement that a student would take within his/her Meta-Major. The Meta-Majors are a collection of eight academic clusters that have related courses. The intent of selecting a Meta-Major is to help you choose a major and degree based on your interests, knowledge, skills and abilities. The recommended math pathway for this transfer plan is the Arts/Humanities/Communications/Design path; see the program requirements tab for specific courses. Advisors are available on all campuses to discuss Meta-Majors and to help you review transfer institution catalogs for specific math requirements

Program Outcomes:

  • To establish and maintain a safe, healthy learning centered environment
  • To advance physical and intellectual competence
  • To support social and emotional development and to provide positive guidance
  • To establish positive and productive relationships with families
  • To ensure a well-run, purposeful program that is responsive to participants needs
  • To maintain a commitment to professionalism
Communications Credits
ENC 1102Freshman Comp II +*~3
SLS 1122New Student Experience ~3
Humanities Credits
PHI 2010Philosophy ~3
Humanities See Gen. Ed. Institutional Requirement (GR) +*~^3
Mathematics Credits
MAC 1105College Algebra +*~3
Science Credits
BSC 1005Biological Science ~3
Science See Gen. Ed. Core or Institutional Requirements ~3
Social Science Credits
POS 2041U.S. Government ~^3
Social Science See Gen. Ed. Institutional Requirements (GR) +*~3
Additional Common Prerequisites
EDF 2005Int to the Teaching Profession +#3
or EEC 2001 Intro to Early Childhood Educ.
EDF 2085Int to Diversity for Educators +*#3
EME 2040Intro to Tech for Educators +#3
EEC 2732Health, Safety, Nutrition3
ARE 2000Art and Creativity3
MUE 2211Early Child Music and Movement3
SYG 2010Contemporary Amer Soc Problems3
Total Credit Hours60


Students with a National Child Development Associate (CDA) which includes documented field experience and a completed portfolio, shouldl complete a request for credit in EEC 2001, EEC 2732, and ARE 2000.