Early Childhood Education Apprenticeship

Program Details

Program Description:

Prepare for: DCF Staff Credential
Train to be: Child Care Center Personnel
Prerequisite: You are already employed in a child care facility in a full-time position.

 This program offers a sequence of courses that provides coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in the Education & Training career cluster; provides technical skill proficiency, and includes competency-based applied learning that contributes to the academic knowledge, higher-order reasoning and problem-solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills, technical skills, and occupation-specific skills, and knowledge of all aspects of the Education & Training career cluster. 

The content includes but is not limited to competencies related to the following elements of the early childhood education industry: planning, management, finance, technical and production skills; underlying principles of technology; labor, community, health, safety, and environmental issues; and developmentally appropriate practices for children birth through age eight. 

Start Date:

August, January

Program Length:

 288 hrs. of Related Technical Instruction 
4,000 hours of On-the-Job training 
Approximately 2 years 


 Monday, Thursday Evenings, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. 


MTC Main Campus, 6305 State Road 70 East, Bradenton, FL 34203

Potential students must be employed full-time at a participating employer. Applications are available through the participating employer and can be mailed to MTC for approval and acceptance into the program. 

Not Pell Eligible (for programs under 600 hours) 

All pre-admission fees are non-refundable and not covered by Financial Aid. Prices are subject to change.
Annual fees (charged each academic year from July 1—June 30).
Estimated textbook: Current book list and prices.
Tuition is $2.92 per hour for Florida residents. Tuition is $11.71 per hour for Non-Florida residents.

Visit MTC Financial Aid page for more information.

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4,000 hrs
On-the-job training
(2 years)


Main Campus
288 hrs. of instruction


Monday, Thursday



Have Questions? Ready to Start Your Career?

Michelle Meluch

Career Counselor

6305 State Road 70 East, Bradenton, FL 34203
Call   941.751.7900 x 46004,
Email: meluchm@manateeschools.net


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