Hybrid Early Childhood Professional Certificate Program

The following is the procedure candidates must follow to register for the hybrid Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPC) Program.

Admission Requirements

  • Attend mandatory information session with vocational coordinator prior to the courses. Call Jessica Richardson at 407.708.2413 for information.
  • Submit a completed Seminole State College application online
  • Complete the Steps to Enroll.
  • Complete Residency requirements - Florida State ID & Permanent Employment (30 hours) – (see Seminole State residency information pagefor more information)
    • Submit proof of age (you must be at least 18 years old).
  • Provide Official Transcript(s) indicating successful completion of standard high school or equivalent.
    • Official - Sealed in an envelope from the school

Students Must:

  • Provide documentation of successful completion of 40-Hour Introductory Childcare Training Certification with 10-Hour DAP in Preschool; Complete a 5-Hour DCF Emergent Literacy course required by (DCF) Department of Children & Family. Go to https://www.myflfamilies.com/childcaretraining and print out your transcript.
  • Be employed in a licensed childcare setting working with children 3-5 years old (volunteering is not accepted).
  • Bring proof of working at a childcare center by submitting one of the following:
    • A letter from the director, on letterhead, stating the date you started and the hours you work, or
    • Your three most current pay stubs
  • Students must complete the following requirements before an Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPC) is awarded:
    • Complete 480 hours of documented work experience with children age 5 years or younger in a licensed childcare setting by the end of the course.
    • Successfully pass the ECPC course with a passing grade of "C" or higher.
    • Department approval – Fill out registration form at information session.

*The ECPC is awarded by the Department of Education. The candidate will still be eligible to receive a National CDA if he or she wishes to apply to the National CDA Council.


  • This program is not offered in Summer Semesters
  • ECPC (State of Florida Staff Credential) must be renewed every five years.


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