HCC Ybor Campus HCC SouthShore Campus HCC Plant City Campus HCC District Administrative Offices HCC Dale Mabry Campus HCC Brandon Campus

Staff Credential Training

Hillsborough Community College provides training for the non-credit Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPC), a DCF and DOE approved pre-school staff credential*. Eligibility/Training requirements include:

1. Foundational course work (45 hours):
• State and Local Rules and Regulations (6 hours)
• Health, Safety, & Nutrition (8 hours)
• Identifying & Reporting Child Abuse & Neglect (4 hours)
• Child Growth & Development (6 hours)
• Behavioral Observation & Screening (6 hours)
• Preschool Appropriate Practices (10 hours)

After completion of the required courses, Florida Administrative Code 65C-22.003(2)(a) requires “successful completion of the 40 hour training (above) as evidenced by passage of competency examinations with a score of seventy (70) or better.”
• 5-clock hours of DCF approved literacy training (completed online)

Note: To be eligible as a VPK (Voluntary Pre-kindergarten) instructor, students must take the DOE VPK Literacy course.
 
2. Child care curriculum course work
• HEV0152 (10 hours) Early Childhood Professional
• HEV0163 (10 hours) Leadership
• HEV0181 (10 hours) Observing and Recording Behaviors
• HEV0137 (15 hours) Learning Environments I
• HEV0130 (10 hours) Child Growth and Development
• HEV0132 (15 hours) Developmentally Appropriate Activities
• HEV0141 (10 hours) Guidance
• HEV0142 (10 hours) Learning Environments II

3. 480 hours of direct work with children 5 years of age or younger and Completion of a Professional Resource File/Portfolio (HEV0183, HEV0184, HEV0185)

4. Documentation of High School diploma or GED; Documentation of age (must be 18 years or above)

*The ECPC is not a national staff credential (‘National CDA’). The ECPC is often referred to as a ‘CDA-E’ but does not provide national credentialing. The national credential is issued by the Council for Professional Recognition in Washington, DC. The Council may be contacted at 800-424-4310 or at http://www.cdacouncil.org

Please contact the Early Childhood department at (813) 253-7956 for further information about the ECPC.