Florida Credentialing and Requirements

A Staff Credential is an official designation that means an individual's professional education meets or exceeds the professional criteria set by the Florida Department of Children and Families. All licensed childcare centers are required by law to have at least one staff-credentialed teacher per 20 children.

There are several ways to obtain professional education in the field of early childhood education. Individuals that attend community college or university programs can seek an Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Early Childhood Education or a National Early Childhood Credential, or they can enroll in the Department of Education Early Childhood Professional Certificate Program (ECPC).

A Staff Credential is obtained by submitting copies of transcripts or a program certificate to the credential unit of the Florida Department of Children and Families. If an individuals' professional education meets the criteria, a Staff Credential Verification (Form CF-FSP 5206) is issued.

For more information visit the Department of Children and Families website.

Seminole State's Staff Credential Programs

There are three ways a Staff Credential can be obtained at Seminole State:

  • Candidates may obtain an A.S. degree in Early Childhood Education.
  • Candidates may obtain an Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPC) issued by the Department of Education, which is a Staff Credential through vocational credit.
  • Candidates may obtain a National Child Development Associate (CDA) credential by completing four college-credit courses.


Early Childhood Education
Fax: 407.708.2350
Office: J-011, Sanford/Lake Mary Campus