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Palm Beach State College

College Catalog 2019-2020

Palm Beach State College

Early Childhood (ECPC) Professional Certification PSAV

Early Childhood Professional Certification (ECPC) - Preschool  (5364)

Type of Award
PSAV - Post Secondary Adult Vocational Certificate

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Program Description
The Department of Education Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPC) program prepares the student who works with children 3 to 5 years old in a licensed child care facility for the National CDA Credential.

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 requirements.

Upon completion of the program the student will be awarded a Florida Department of Education, Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPC) and a staff credential from the Florida Department of Children and Families.

Program Learning Outcomes
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Admission Requirements
These requirements must be met before registering for the ECPC program:

• Program Objective Code: Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPC) - Preschool (5364)
• ECPC Information Session
• 40-Hour Introductory Child Care Training including Preschool Appropriate Practices (Part I, II, & III)
• 5-Hour Emergent Literacy (offered through DCF as an online course)
• High school diploma (or equivalent) and College Application submitted to Palm Beach State

• Employed in a licensed child care setting working with children 5 years or younger (preferably 3-5 years of age)
• TABE Exam (9D Survey)
• 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.

Completion Requirements
Students must successfully pass each ECPC module 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.

Program Length
Total Required Hours: 600.

The program is offered at all Palm Beach State campuses.

For More Information
Susy Martinez White,, (561) 868-3807

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Required Courses Clock Hours: 600
HEV0130 Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPC) Module 1 40
HEV0131 Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPC) Module 2 40
HEV0132 Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPC) Module 3 40
HEV0999 ECPC/FCCPC Practical Experience 480
Total Program Clock Hours: 600

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Employment Opportunities
A student completing this program may find employment opportunities as an early childhood provider, practitioner, lead or assistant teacher, curriculum specialist, director and program administrator, just to name a few opportunities in the early childhood field.

Gainful Employment
Program length excludes this program from gainful employment reporting requirements.

Career Path Notes
The student who has earned a Department of Education ECPC Certificate from Palm Beach State can receive college credits toward an Associate in Science degree (A.S.) in Early Childhood Education (2358). The articulation will be processed upon request once students have completed 15 college credits toward the A.S. degree (2358).  For more information call (561) 868-3807.

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