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#1 of 4 Old 02-17-2003, 12:33 PM - Thread Starter
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I wasn't sure where to post this...I hope any of you can help me out.
Do any of you know what the requirements are to be a daycare/preschool teacher in the state of FL? I am interested in going back to work when my youngest turns 1 and would love to work with kids in this environment. I have an undergrad degree in English but not education.
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#2 of 4 Old 02-17-2003, 01:08 PM
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I don't know about Florida,so maybe I shouldn't answer, but here in Ct teachers have to have an associate's degree in Early Childhood Education. Connecticut is one of the stricter states, you might not need that in other states.
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From what I remember off hand you would only need 12 credit hours in ECE, but here is a link for more info.
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It varies by state, but I know that in many states, a preschool teacher doesn't require any more education or training than a daycare provider. I think that is because the term "preschool" has no "legal" definition, if that makes sense. I found places that called themselves preschools and none of the head "teachers" had any degrees in early childhood education. In my state the only REQUIRED license is one from the Dept. of Social Services, and that's not saying much. The best place to find out about good preschools is thru the NAEYC - here's a link to their website. You can locate accredited schools there:
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