Early Childhood Studies


The Early Childhood Studies minor is available to undergraduates in all colleges who are interested in issues involving support of early development and learning for young children birth to five.

About this Program

School Information

Students in the School of Special Education, School Psychology, and Early Childhood Studies are uniquely positioned to learn from leaders in the field while simultaneously applying that learning in individually relevant professional settings.



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The Early Childhood Studies minor facilitates understanding of the transdisciplinary field of early childhood studies by exploring the intersections among early care and education, health/mental health, and family support systems. The scope of courses explores the science, policy, and implementation of practices to support early development, learning, health, and wellbeing from child- and family-centered equity perspectives, specifically focusing on birth to age 5. This minor does not lead to teacher certification.


  • Must be junior status (60+ accumulated credits) to register for courses.
  • Apply for the minor after earning 45 credits and before earning 100 credits.
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA is required, and transfer credits are not accepted. All courses must be taken at UF.
  • Initiate the application to add the minor

Required Courses

EEC 3023Science of Early Childhood Development and Learning3
EEC 3402Families as a Context for Early Childhood Development and Learning3
EEC 3411Foundations of EC Systems and Supports3
EEC 3704Supporting Early Childhood Learning and Development3
EEC 3731Supporting Early Childhood Health and Wellbeing3
Total Credits15