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Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPC)

Program Objective Code: 5364

Students who successfully complete the Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPC) program - Preschool Track and work with children three to five years old in a licensed child care facility will be awarded an ECPC by the Florida Department of Education as well as a  staff credential issued by the Florida Department of Children and Families. This program also prepares students for the National CDA Credential. For information on applying for the National CDA Credential please visit their website.

This program is divided into three modules covering the eight content areas for the Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPC) in which a student must demonstrate competence.

About Our Information Sessions

Required Information Session
Our FREE information sessions provide the most current and complete information about the ECPC program. The information session will cover the program requirements, module sequence, tuition and fees, SEEK scholarship information and much more. There is no cost to attend. Detailed information may also be found in our current schedules below.



Program Description
The Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPC) program includes 120 hours of preschool specialized coursework, a resource file and professional portfolio and a two hour on-site observation during Module III in a preschool setting. Upon completion of the program the student will be awarded an Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPC) from the Florida Department of Education and a staff credential from the Florida Department of Children and Families.

The ECPC program is offered in the fall, spring and summer terms in an English format. The program is offered in the spring term in a dual language (English/Spanish) format. This program is currently being offerred in an in-person instructor led classroom format. There are no online options for this class. Student may also explore the FCCPC program which is offerred fully online.  

Admission Requirements

The following admission requirements must be met before registering for ECPC program.

  • Apply for Admissions to Palm Beach State College.
  • Program Objective Code: 5364: Early Childhood Professional Certificate
  • ECPC Information Session
  • 40-Hour Introductory Child Care Training (All DCF Exams must be passed)
  • 5-Hour Understanding Developmentally Appropriate Practices (DCF Exam must be passed)
  • 5-Hour Preschool Appropriate Practices (DCF Exam must be passed)
  • 5-Hour DCF Emergent Literacy Course
  • Official High School transcripts (or equivalent)
  • Employed in a licensed child care setting or a licensed family child care home working with children 5 years or younger (preferably birth-3 years of age) working a minimum of 32 hours per week. Volunteering is not accepted.
  • TABE Exam (11/12 Survey) Testing Center -  Allow 4 hours to take the test. 
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Mastery of the English language

Financial assistance is available for many of the child care courses offered at Palm Beach State College through the SEEK  and TEACH scholarships.

SEEK Scholarship  Eligibility requirements:

  • Employed at any early childhood program in Palm Beach County that receives public funding (i.e., school readiness, VPK, Head Start) and working directly with children ages 0–5 years
  • Active member of the Palm Beach County Early Childhood Registry

For more information call 561-868-3662.


TEACH Early Childhood Scholarship Eligibility requirements:  

Child care center teachers, directors, owners and family child care providers may be eligible for a scholarship if they:

  • Are Florida residents
  • Have a high school diploma from an accredited high school or GED
  • Are employed by a licensed or license-exempt child care facility
  • Work a minimum of 20 hours per week in a classroom with a birth through Pre-K population (directors are exempt from the "classroom" portion of this requirement)
  • Have the sponsorship of the program which employs them
  • Work a minimum of 520 hours per year

For more information call 877-FL TEACH  (877-358-3224)

Students who earn an Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPC), have completed 15 college credits at Palm Beach State College towards their degree and have declared a program objective code of 2358 (Associate in Science Degree – Early Childhood Education), may be eligible for articulation of their ECPC program into 9 college credits, upon request. The credits will be for the following courses: EEC2734, EEC2271 and CHD1220. The articulation process is not automatic upon completion of your 15 credits in the AS degree in Early Childhood Education. Students must submit a request to the program director via email to

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

If you hold a degree (associate, baccalaureate, or advanced) and would like to explore the possibility of exemption from the Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPC) or the 40-Hour training, please contact the Florida Department of Children and Families, Child Care Training Information Center at 1-888-352-2842 or visit

For information on Staff Credential Renewal, please visit the Florida Department of Children and Families, Florida Child Care Staff Credential Verification Application, Section 5 for details on renewal process. 

Contact Info

Susy Martinez-White, Program Director 561-868-3807

Nancy Cabrera-Chambers, Program Assistant 561-868-4041

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