FCCPC - Florida Child Care Professional Credential (Formally known as CDA-E)

Available start dates for the program:  See Academic Calendar

Program language: English or Spanish

Available Schedules: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7:00PM-10:00PM or Saturday from 7:00AM-7:30PM

Program duration: 15 weeks for Full-Time students and 30 weeks for Part-Time students

Educational offering are delivered through distance education(hybrid)

Program Description

Designed for the child care worker who has completed the Introductory Child Care Training requirement, the Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC) Program is designed to provide further training in the early care and education competencies, knowledge, skills and techniques required to become a competent caregiver. This program replaces the former CDA (Child Development Associate) Equivalency program at Vargas University.

The FCCPC Program requires students to complete four courses over a two-semester program. Drawing heavily upon the use of two licensed child care centers in Broward County, the program provides the opportunity for extensive interaction with age-appropriate facilities, learning structures, materials and resources. Classes will be held at the University site or at one of the day care centers depending upon the course requirements. This will provide a seamless “externship” opportunity where students will have the ability to work directly with children in a supervised environment.

Program Learning Objectives

  1. Name the theories of childhood development as well as the factors that influence child development.

  2. Explain the administrative functions required for the management and operation of childcare centers

  3. Produce lesson plan to promote the development of children in all the developmental domains and select the instructional strategies and materials developmentally appropriate.

  4. Select proper tools to direct observations and assessments of child development