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At those moments—in the garden, at the easel, under the spell of a book—when children begin to deeply connect with learning, there are early childhood educators standing by who know just how to let them do it. Santa Fe College is proud to educate those educators. The Little School is an early childhood laboratory located on campus where education students can partner with faculty to work with toddlers and preschoolers.

The Early Childhood Education programs at Santa Fe College prep are students to work with children from birth to age four. They offer certification, credentials and associate and bachelor’s degrees. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a 25 percent job growth rate over the next decade, which translates to plenty of job opportunities for graduates.

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There is a shortage of teachers in Florida, and the increase in single-parent homes, or homes with both parents working, has led to a greater demand for early childhood educators for younger children.

To meet this need, Santa Fe College also has an alternative teacher certification program called the Educator Preparation Institute (EPI). EPI trains nontraditional students as K-12 teachers. Students must have a bachelor’s degree and approval from the Florida Department of Education to teach a particular subject area. EPI offers classes in the evenings and can be completed in a year or less.

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