Early Childhood Development Courses

PHSC offers two Early Childhood Development credentialing courses to further your knowledge and your career. The Operation of an Early Childhood Center is the Director Credential, and the Florida Childcare Professional Credential (FCCPC) is a Staff Credential. Both of these classes meet the credentialing requirements of the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF).

To determine the best pathway to success based on their interests and career goals students should consult with an Academic Advisor.

The opportunity may be available for Career and job training scholarships.

2023 Summer (2023-3) Individual Course Schedule

Operation of an Early Childhood Center Director Credential

Course: NCP0005-0635 (online)
Dates: May 15 – July 7
Days: Mon., Wed.
Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
Hours: 45 (remote access and online)
Cost: $365

Description: This 8-week course addresses the role of the director and responsibilities of managing an early childhood center, as well as practices of time management, planning and goal setting as they pertain to early childhood centers. It covers the management and delivery of educational services, with an emphasis on planning, equipment, space, security, and educational goals.

This course meets the Florida Department of Children and Families (FLDCF) requirements for the Director Credential, pursuant to section 402.305(2)(f), F.S.

Students must have an Active Professional Staff Credential (FCCPC; Excluding Employment Recognition Exemption) prior to registering for the Director Credential

Course Co-requisites:

  • 30-Hour Part I Department of Children and Families (DCF) Introductory Child Care Training 
  • 8 hours of in-service training regarding children with Disabilities (DCF's Special Needs Appropriate Practices course will meet this requirement.)

This course is Teacher Education and Compensation Helps (T.E.A.C.H.) scholarship-eligible. Students interested should apply early as T.E.A.C.H. scholarships may take 6-8 weeks to process.

Florida Childcare Professional Staff Credential

Course: NCP0100-0851 (online)
Dates: May 16 – Aug. 8
Days: Tues., Thurs.
Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
Hours: 120 (remote access and online)
Cost: $995

This 12-week course is designed to provide students with learning opportunities related to demonstration of written competencies for children ages birth to five years, in the functional areas of early childhood education. Students will be required to complete 480 work or volunteer hours in a childcare setting. Students are required to be evaluated on classroom seminars, field experiences, and performance observation in an early childhood setting. A classroom observation will be conducted by an early learning specialist. The E-portfolio, which will document successful mastery of Developmentally Appropriate Practices (DAP), is required for course completion, and meets the Florida Department of Education and the Department of Children and Families' requirements. This documentation along with other required documents will be submitted directly to DCF for completion of the FCCPC.

This course is Teacher Education and Compensation Helps (T.E.A.C.H.) scholarship eligible. Students interested should apply early as T.E.A.C.H. scholarships may take 6-8 weeks to process.

How to Register

Steps to Register
  1. Visit PHSC Career and Job Training Registration page.
  2. Select the current term in the drop-down menu.
  3. Select Continue, then select Continuing Education.
  4. Select Course Type.
  5. Select Search.
  6. Select the desired class shopping cart icon to add it to the shopping cart.
  7. Select View Cart to display the course selection, view fees, etc.
  8. Proceed to checkout, enter your student ID number for existing students or your social security number; follow the prompts to receive a student ID number.
  9. Complete the online payment.



Direct your questions, concerns or requests for more information to the PHSC Workforce Development Office at careertraining@phsc.edu

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