School Age Professional Certificate (5373)
Type of Award
PSAV - Post Secondary Adult Vocational Certificate
The Department of Education School Age Professional Certificate (SAPC) program prepares the student who works with children 5 years and up in a licensed afterschool program.
The student must successfully complete the 40-Hour introductory certification training (Part 1- School Age Program Certification & Part 2-Foundations of Advancing Youth Development (AYD) Principles); 80 hours of formal instruction in the six competency goals of SAPC coursework, document 480 hours of work experience in an afterschool program, formal interview, professional resource file/portfolio and complete all other Palm Beach State requirements.
Upon completion of the program the student will be awarded a Department of Education School Age Professional Certificate.
Students can complete Group A under the School Age Professional Certificate and fulfill the child care training required by the Florida Department of Children and Families for afterschool providers working with children and youths ages 5 years old and up in a licensed child care facility.
Program Learning Outcomes
For detailed information, visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/learningoutcomes/Program-Learning-Outcomes.
No high school diploma or GED is required. Students must:
• Complete an Application of Admission, located at www.palmbeachstate.edu/admissions/Admissions-Applications.aspx.
• 40 Hour School-Age Certification (Part I: School-Age Certification; Part II: Foundations of Advancing Youth Development Principles-AYD) OR 40 Hour Child Care Training (birth-5) and the Foundations of Advancing Youth Development (AYD).
After registering and paying the applicable tuition fee, students must ALSO register for the class on the Department of Children and Families web site: www.myflorida.com/childcare/Training. This is required for the Part I:School-Age Certification ONLY and does not apply to the Part II:AYD. For additional information regarding scheduling the exam, please visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/programs/Childcare
These requirements must be met before registering for the SAPC program:
• Change Program Objective Code
• SAPC Information Session
• 40-Hour School-Age Certificate or 40-Hour Child Care Training (birth-5) including the 10-Hour DAP in School Age
• 10-Hour DAP in School-Age (if not included in original 40-hour certification)
• High school diploma (or equivalent) and College Application submitted to Palm Beach State
• Employed in a licensed child care setting or afterschool program caring for school-age children 5-12 years
• Must be at least 18 years of age or older
• Mastery of the English language
An official high school diploma or GED transcript must be on file at the Registrar's Office. The transcript must show that the student graduated with a standard diploma from an accredited high school accepted by Palm Beach State. The transcript must be received and accepted by the registrar before registering for Module 1.
Students must successfully pass both SAPC modules with a passing grade of A, B, or C and complete all additional requirements for each of the modules in order to be eligible to continue in the program. Once the student has successfully passed each module, a Department of Education School Age Professional Certificate (SAPC) will be awarded.
Completion Requirements for those students wishing to complete Group A courses only:
• Students are required to successfully pass with a score of 70 percent or better the state mandated competency tests to be awarded their Part I: School Age Child Care Certification.
For all information related to the competency exam required for child care certification go to the Department of Children and Families website: www.myflorida.com/childcare/Training .
For additional information regarding scheduling the exam visit: www.palmbeachstate.edu/programs/Childcare.
• Students are required to successfully pass with a score of 70 percent or better the exam for Part 2 Foundations of Advancing Youth Development (AYD) administered the last class session.
• Certification will be awarded to those students passing the required exam for both Part I & II classes.
Total program hours: 120.
The program is offered at all Palm Beach State campuses.
For More Information
Luisa Brennan, brennanl@PalmBeachState.edu, (561) 868-4048
To see when the course is offered, click the course number. To see a course description, click the course title.
|Required Courses||Clock Hours: 120|
|Group A (Both courses must be completed for DCF Certification)|
|HEV0803||Part 1 - School Age Program Certification||28|
|HEV0804||Part 2 - Foundations of Advancing Youth Development (AYD) Principles||12|
|Group A2** (All three courses must be completed for DCF Certification)|
|HEV0114||Rules & Regulations for Center-Based||6|
|HEV0115||Introductory Child Care Worker Certification||24|
|HEV0004||Understanding Developmentally Appropriate Practices||5|
|Select one of the following Developmental Appropriate Practices (DAPs):|
|HEV0001||Infant/Toddler Appropriate Practices||5|
|HEV0002||Preschool Appropriate Practices||5|
|HEV0003||School Age Appropriate Practices||5|
|Group A Total||40|
|HEV0194||School Age Professional Certificate Mod 1||40|
|HEV0195||School Age Professional Certificate Mod 2||40|
|Group B Total||80|
|**Students completing Group A2 are required to take HEV0804 Foundations of Advanced Youth Development (12) to comply with the local and state requirements.|
|Total Program Clock Hours: 120|
Program length excludes this program from gainful employment reporting requirements.
Career Path Notes
The student who has earned a Department of Education SAPC Certificate from Palm Beach State can receive college credits toward an Associate in Science degree (A.S.) in Human Services with a concentration in Youth Development (2374). The articulation will be processed upon request once students have completed 15 college credits toward the A.S. degree (2374). For more information call (561) 868-4049.
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