Childcare Programs and Certificates

Certificates

 Seminole State College offers Early Childhood Education certificates which prepare students for immediate employment!

This 12-credit hour certificate recognizes the completion of a series of courses needed by childcare center directors who wish to pursue college-credit study to build a strong foundation as a childcare center director. The Department of Children and Families requires all center directors to have certain educational qualifications to hold a position as a director of a licensed center or family daycare home. 

This 12-credit hour certificate recognizes the completion of a series of courses needed by early childhood teachers who wish to complete the college-credit National Infant Toddler CDA Certificate to work in group care settings with children under the age of three. 

This 12-credit hour certificate recognizes the completion of a series of courses needed by early childhood teachers who wish to pursue college-credit study to complete educational requirements for a Florida Staff Credential (FCCPC) or a National Preschool CDA. The Department of Children and Families requires all childcare centers to have teachers in their center who hold a Florida recognized staff credential. The certificate requirements meet the educational criteria to apply for the National CDA certificate or Florida Staff Credential, and the courses are designed to help students complete the necessary education requirements.

Florida Staff Credentials

Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC)

FCCPC is an approved training program by the Department of Children and Families (DCF) that has been determined to meet or exceed the requirements of the National Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential. The FCCPC is earned by completing 14 credit hours in the following course work: EEC 1000, EEC 2200, EEC 1603, EEC 2732, and EEC 1011 with a "C" or higher. Students must have standard high school diploma or GED, be at least 18 years of age, and currently work in a child care center. The student must have earned 480 hours of work experience before completing the academic program. Students wishing to obtain this staff credential should contact the Early Childhood Office to learn of any additional requirements that would be necessary to complete the credential. 

National CDA Staff Credential

The National CDA is an approved training program by the Department of Children and Families (DCF) that has been determined to meet the requirements of the Florida Staff Credential, as well as, recognized as a valid staff credential throughout the United States. The National CDA is earned by completing 14 credit hours in the following course work: EEC 1000, EEC 2200, EEC 1603, EEC 2732, and EEC 1011 with a "C" or higher. Students must have standard high school diploma or GED, be at least 18 years of age, and currently work in a child care center. The student must have earned 480 hours of work experience before completing the academic program. Students wishing to obtain this national credential should contact the Early Childhood Office to learn of additional requirements that would be necessary to complete the credential. 

Florida Director Credential

The Florida Director Credential is the educational requirement of all administrators/directors of early childhood centers or licensed family child care homes. Students who meet the Department of Children and Families requirement for the Foundation Level Director Credential must successfully complete EEC 1523. 

Contact

Early Childhood Education
407.708.2413
Fax: 407.708.2350
Office: J-011, Sanford/Lake Mary Campus