What Courses Do I Take?
Reminder: Acceptance into VA-ECAP Credentialing Program is required prior to enrolling in NOVA course(s).
Leadership & Management
SFL LM 101 – Management
SFL LM 102 – Leadership*
*Prerequisite: SFL LM 101
*Prerequisite: CHD 120
Facts to Understand about Taking the Courses
What if I already took CHD 120 – Introduction to Early Childhood Education and CHD 205 – Guiding the Behavior of Children?
Applications for acceptance in the VA-ECAP Credentialing Program are reviewed by the SFL's VA-ECAP team who determines which courses each prospective student needs to complete. If you have already successfully completed CHD 120 & CHD 205 courses as part of your Associate’s degree in ECE/CD, you must provide a copy of your official transcripts, along with the VA-ECAP application, so that this information is considered in the application process.
What do I need to do in order to complete the courses?
Students must complete all assignments and course related tasks in a timely manner to successfully complete the SFL Leadership & Management courses. Students must follow all instructions posted by the instructor in the course delivery platform. For NOVA Child Development courses, please follow guidelines by NOVA instructors.
Do I need to be employed at a center-based early childhood program while enrolled in the VA-ECAP Credential Program?
Students must have access to a center-based early childhood program while enrolled in the VA-ECAP Credential Program. Students who are not currently employed at a center-based early childhood program must make their own arrangements for access to a center-based early childhood program while enrolled in the credential program. Students will need to submit an Early Childhood Program Accessibility Verification Letter from a program director acknowledging access to their center-based early childhood program to complete required assignments and tasks.
How long does it take to complete the Credential Program?
Students can complete the entire credentialing program in as little as one semester if enrolled in all required courses simultaneously. However, students can take as few as one course per semester to balance home, work, and school, as long as all course work is complete within a two-year window.