Florida Child Care Professional Credential



Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC)

The Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC) Certificate program of study provides the elements of early childhood training required by the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) to obtain the Florida Staff Credential. The program addresses the specific skills and knowledge necessary to work with children ages birth through five.

The program is composed of online coursework, textbook reading, essays, observations, portfolio creation, quizzes and exams, and documentation requirements. Each student enrolled in the program is assigned an Education Coach (EC) who has previous experience working in a child care center or school and has full working knowledge of the state requirements for the FCCPC. Upon successful completion of the FCCPC program requirements, student information will be submitted to the Florida Department of Children and Families for issuance of the credential.

In addition, this program has been evaluated by the National College Credit Recommendation Service (National CCRS) and has been recommended for 10 semester hours of credit in Human/Child Development or Early Childhood Education in the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category.

Upon satisfactorily completing the FCCPC Certificate program, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic principles of child growth and development
  • Identify the components to advance the physical, cognitive, communicative and creative development of young children
  • Demonstrate the ability to create a developmentally appropriate learning environment that is safe, healthy, respectful, and supportive of children and families
  • Identify the requirements of a safe, healthy learning environment for young children
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop educational programs that promote the social and emotional development of children
  • Define positive guidance techniques to support appropriate social and emotional development of young children
  • Define emotional and cognitive development
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop educational programs that improve motor, language, and cognitive development of children, including literacy development
  • Demonstrate the ability to promote involvement and positive relationships with families and communities
  • List the guidelines to establish productive relationships with families
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and ability to apply the principles of screening and assessment of young children
  • Define assessment as it relates to children in the early care setting
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify and implement professionalism in the field of early childhood education
  • Identify the requirements to maintain a commitment to professionalism
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify and implement effective early childhood program management techniques
  • Identify the components required to ensure a well-run, purposeful early childhood program responsive to the needs of the participants
  • Demonstrate the ability to prepare an early childhood professional portfolio
  • List the required components to document professional growth

Students enrolled in the FCCPC Certificate program are assessed using the following methods:

  • Competency based multiple choice questions
  • Open-ended essay questions
  • Student activity and/or observations with written feedback
  • End of Course Quizzes in multiple choice format. Students must pass each quiz with a grade of 70% or better to complete the course
  • Classroom observations as described in program elements
  • Early Childhood Portfolio as described in program elements
  • Cumulative Final Exam in multiple choice format. Students must pass the exam with a grade of 70% or better to complete the certificate program
  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must possess a high school diploma or GED obtained from institutions accredited and recognized by U. S. Department of Education and submit documentation as proof. Diplomas earned outside the U. S. or presented in a language other than English must be translated to English by a member of the American Translators Association, an approved credential evaluation agency approved by the Bureau of Educators Certification, or an accredited college/university.
  • Must have access to a computer and printer
  • Must have a valid email address
  • Must have access to the Internet through a CCEI supported JavaScript enabled web browser (i.e. Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, etc.)
  • Must be able to speak, read, and write well enough in the language in which the course is presented to understand and complete the course material
  • Must submit proof of 480 clock hours, in the last five (5) years, of working with children in an early childhood care setting. Of the 480 clock-hour requirement, 80 clock hours must be completed while enrolled in the training
  • Must complete all assigned coursework and readings
  • Must be observed at least once by a student-selected, CCEI approved observer, while working with children as a lead teacher in an early childhood classroom setting
  • Must compile and maintain an Early Childhood Portfolio that is reviewed and approved by the student-selected, CCEI approved observer

Textbook Information: Textbook is required and must be purchased at the student’s expense.

Working with Young Children by Judy Herr; 8th Edition; Goodheart-Willcox Publishing; ISBN – 978-1-63126-024-7; Approximate Cost: $80

Prospective students are strongly encouraged to check with their licensing representatives to determine each program’s applicability toward state requirements.

Settings: Birth through Five
Program Code: 5101-FL
Program Length: 130 Hours
IACET CEU Value: 13.0 CEUs
Program Start Date: Rolling Enrollment – Start Anytime
Program End Date: 365 days from enrollment date
Tuition Cost: $1,300
Application Fee: $100
Total Program Cost: $1,400
Approximate Book Cost (shipping extra): $80

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