Career and Technical Education

817 Bill Beck Boulevard

Phone: 407-518-4580 / Fax: 407-870-4632

Melanie Stefanowicz

Executive Director

Academy of Early Childhood Education

What is the Academy of Early Childhood Education?
The Academy of Early Childhood Education is designed to allow students to explore teaching as it relates to education and prepare them for careers in child-related occupations. The students will apply their knowledge and skills by infusing a high scope curriculum for preschoolers and managing the daily operations of a full service preschool facility. In the curriculum, students will develop an awareness of student learning styles, diversity in education, student growth and development, educational history and trends, and educational structure and governance. Students will explore the classroom through observations.

Why an Academy?
An Academy integrates college-preparatory curriculum with a career theme. In other words, an Academy offers:
  1. career-focused curriculum" to a subset of students (school within a school)
  2. by involving teachers from different subjects (college-prep academics)
  3. working together as a team and providing students with exposure (work-place experience)
  4. to their chosen career field (partnerships with local businesses)
Students learn marketable career skills integrated with a rigorous academic program that incorporates technology into the classroom.

The Benefits....
The Academy of Early Childhood Education targets students who like to work with young people and who have an interest in educational-related careers. Benefits include:
"Hands-on" technical training in large and small animal care using state-of-the-art equipment and laboratory facilities
Rigorous and relevant curriculum that meets Florida's Bright Futures Gold Seal Scholarship program
Being part of a "select team" to accomplish similar career and academic goals
Opportunity for national industry certification
Participation in nationally recognized academic and agricultural competitions
"Real world" experiences reflecting desired career choice
Meets requirements of 4-year college enrollment
Marketable job skills enabling students to enter workforce upon graduation

Career Options

Teaching Assistant
Substitute Teacher
Guidance Counselor
Child Care Worker
K-12 Teacher


Academy Certifications

State of Florida Early Childhood Professional Certificate

Child Development Associate

Business & Community Partner Support
A combined commitment of leaders in business, education, and the community partners may:
Serve as Advisory Board members
Provide experiences helping to shape the future workforce
Serve as mentors or speaks and provide one-day shadowing experiences or field trips
Provide scholarships, special project funding, or in-kind contributions
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