Program Objective Code: 5364
The Department of Education Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPC) program prepares the student who works with children 3 – 5 years old in a licensed child care setting for the National CDA Credential. For information on applying for the National CDA Credential please visit their website at www.cdacouncil.org.
The ECPC program includes the State mandated introductory childcare certification training, 120 hours of ECPC coursework, 480 hours of work experience and on-site observation in a classroom setting.
The student will successfully complete 120 hours of formal classroom instruction in the six competency goals, a 2-hour observation during Module 3, document 480 hours of work experience and complete all other Palm Beach State College requirements. Upon completion of the program the student will be awarded a Department of Education Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPC).
Syllabus: Early Childhood Professional Certificate Module I
Syllabus: Early Childhood Professional Certificate Module II
Syllabus: Early Childhood Professional Certificate Module III
Spring Schedule (English Version)
Spring Dual Language Schedule (Spanish Version)
Required Information Session
For the most current and complete information about entering the ECPC program, please attend the information session being at Palm Beach State College. Attendance is required in order to participate in the ECPC class. The session will cover the requirements, module sequence, SEEK scholarship information and more. There is no cost for the session but it does start promptly at 6:30pm.
ECPC Mandatory Information Session
Click here to register for one of the Information Sessions
Information Sessions for Fall Term:
(Classes starting in August)
6:30pm - 9:00pm
Place: Palm Beach State College, Lake Worth campus
Please bring your DCF Transcript with you to the Info Session showing you have obtained these certificates to be sure you have met all requirements:
- 40 Hour Introductory Child Care Training Certification
- 10 Hour Preschool Appropriate Practices
- Emergent Literacy
Also, please be sure you have changed, or added, Program Objective Code: 5364 prior to attending the Info Session. Please see prerequisite requirements below.
These requirements must be met before registering for the ECPC program.
• Change Program Objective Code
• ECPC Information Session
• 40-Hour Introductory Child Care Training Certification with 10 Hour Preschool Appropriate Practices (DAP)
• 5 Hour Emergent Literacy course
• High School diploma (or equivalent) and College Application submitted to Palm Beach State College
• TABE (9D Survey)
• Employed in a licensed childcare setting working with children 5 years or younger (preferably 3-5 years of age) -
volunteering is not accepted
• Must be at least 18 years of age or older
• Mastery of the English language
Change Program Objective Code to: 5364 To make this change complete the POC change form and return to the Registrar's Office where you will be attending class. If you are faxing the form, it is always a good idea to follow up by phone to make sure that it was received.
You may fax the form to your campus Registrar: Belle Glade 993.1170; Boca Raton 862.4350; Lake Worth 868.3584; PBG 207.5315
Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) (9D survey) is offered on all 4 campuses. For hours of operation and cost please visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/Testing. If you need assistance with taking the TABE exam stop by the Student Learning Center www.palmbeachstate.edu/SLC
For more information on TABE exemption or other program requirements contact the Program Director at (561)868-4049.
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 College. The transcript must be received and accepted by the registrar before registering for Module I.
The following requirements must be completed by the end of Module II for students to be eligible to continue in this program and register for Module III. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure all proper documentation has been submitted:
• Current Child Care First Aid/CPR Certification
The following requirements must be completed by the end of Module III for students to be eligible to obtain an Early Childhood Professional Certificate.
• 480 hours documented work experience working with children ages 5 years or younger (preferably 3-5
years of age) in a licensed child care setting. All 480 hours must be completed while enrolled in the
training program. Proof of the 480 hours of work experience must be notarized and documented on
the Practical Experience Summary form.
volunteering is not accepted
• Students must be observed by their instructor/advisor in a preschool (3-5 years of age) classroom. It is the
student's responsibility to make arrangements with their director to be observed in a preschool setting.
Students must successfully pass all three ECPC 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 Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPC) will be awarded.
Career Path Notes
The student who has earned a Department of Education ECPC Certificate, completed 15 college credits at Palm Beach State College towards their degree and has a program objective code of 2358 (Associate in Science Degree-ECE), will be eligible for articulation into 9 college credits upon request. The credits will be for the following courses: EEC2734, EEC2271 and CHD1220.
Many programs have transfer agreements with other colleges and universities that allow students to transfer course or program credit into a four-year program. For information on transfer agreements, visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/Transfer.
If you hold a degree (associate, baccalaureate, or advanced) and would like to explore the possibility of exemption from ECPC coursework or the 40-Hour training, please call the DCF Child Care Training Information Center at 1-888-352-2842 or visit www.myflorida.com/childcare.
Financial Assistance Financial aid is available for many of the child care courses offered at Palm Beach State College. Through the SEEK program at www.palmbeachstate.edu/IEECE
SEEK Scholarship Eligibility requirements:
- Employed at any early childhood program in PBC that receives public funding (i.e., school readiness, VPK, Head Start)
- Works directly with children ages 0 – 5 years
- An active member of the Registry (www.pbcregistry.org) To become a member click here.
For more information call 561-868-3662 or to complete the SEEK Application visit:
For information on Staff Credential and Renewal process, click here
Total Required Hours: 600
Program offered on all Palm Beach State College campuses.
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