Who Can Apply?

Requirements to be Considered for VA-ECAP Credential Program

Level I application requirements:

  • 21 years or older.
  • Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) - unexpired OR Early Childhood Development Career Studies Certificate (ECD C.S.C.)

Level II application requirements:

  • 21 years or older.
  • Minimum of an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education/Child Development. (Bachelors and Masters degree in any field will be accepted.)

Need more guidance on Level I and Level II? Click here.

Core Requirements


  • Access to a center-based early learning program to implement theory in practice via course assignments
  • Access to a computer with capability to work on WORD & EXCEL documents/scanner/printer/webcam
  • Access to high speed internet connectivity
  • Valid email address
  • Comply with Virginia Community College prerequisites for CHD 120 & CHD 205 

SFL's VA-ECAP team will determine required courses for each student during the application process.

Please note: At this time, equivalency courses in lieu of CHD 120, CHD 205, SFL LM 101, and SFL LM 102 are not accepted as requirements for receiving the VA-ECAP Credential.