Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCP-CT)


Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC)

What are the program requirements?

You can earn this credential with eleven (11) credit hours in the program of study. You must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age upon entry into the program and have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Be able to pass a thorough background clearance by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). You will be required to pay a fee for the cost of the background check.
  • Document at least 480 hours of direct supervision of children in the birth to 5 age range, with a minimum of 120 hours of direct supervision (of the 480 hour total) having been conducted during your enrollment in the program.
  • Compile an Early Childhood Portfolio that includes an autobiography, competency statements, a resource collection as validation of teacher core competencies, and successfully complete an on-site teaching observation validating competency in FCCPC functional areas and goals.  The on-site teaching observation must be in a GCSC service district (Bay, Gulf, or Franklin Counties), unless prior approval has been granted by the program coordinator and course instructor.
Courses  CH
EEC1701, Child Development 4
+EEC2240, Social Studies and Creative Expression For Young Children 3
+#EEC1319, Portfolio Development and Supervised Work Experience 4



• General Education Core.

+ Prerequisites and/or corequisites required.  See course descriptions.

# Applies to A.S. degree and certificate programs.

= PSAV course.

* Minimum grade of "C" required.

FCCPC Options

Option A:  Traditional 8-week semester format
Option B:  Fast-Track Option

Option A – FCCPC is offered in a traditional 8-week semester format, with weekly online modules and two face-to-face coaching sessions.  Coaching sessions are designed to provide students with individualized academic support, at specific times during the semester.

Option B – FCCPC is delivered as an online “Fast-Track Option,” allowing students to complete modules at an accelerated pace, meeting individual time requirements (self-paced).  The “Fast-Track Option” requires that you notify the instructor that you wish to complete the FCCPC in this manner.  Both the student and the instructor, together, develop a course completion plan, with timelines for submitting assignments. 

Both FCCPC Options A and B satisfy:

  1. FCCPC and National CDA requirement of 120 hours of formal education within specific competency standards, using your own Student Portal,
  2. the development of required Early Childhood Professional Portfolio,
  3. the required On-Site Observation completed by a certified CDA/FCCPC Observer, and
  4. access to dedicated academic support and individualized career guidance.

    • Both Options A and B can be completed fully online, but includes a face-to-face teaching observation in EEC1319.

CONTACT AN ECE ADVISOR                          

Patricia Schenck, MS
Professor, Education

Social Sciences, Room 214