What Is It? & How Will It Benefit Me?

Credential Program Overview

What is the VA-ECAP?
Virginia Early Childhood Administrator Professional Credential (VA-ECAP) is an online credentialing program offered by The Source for Learning, Inc. (SFL).

  • Affordable, engaging 24/7 online coursework to accommodate your work-life balance!
  • Semester-based credentialing program.
  • Learn from highly experienced instructors.
  • 5-year renewable credential.

Two Levels - One Credential!

The VA-ECAP is uniquely designed to support professionals at varying stages in their education process.  Whether you hold a CDA (unexpired)/Early Childhood Development C.S.C., an AA or a higher degree you are eligible to enroll in the VA-ECAP!

Level ICDA OR Early Childhood Development Career Studies Certificate Recipients: Completing the VA-ECAP courses qualify for a credential and a couple of courses may count towards an AA degree.

Level II – Already hold an AA degree in ECE/CD or a higher degree?  Earn your credential!

Learn more about other requirements.

Credential Program Benefits

Lead high quality center-based early learning programs

Meet NAEYC Accreditation Administrator Qualifications Requirement
The National Association for the Education of Young Children recognizes VA-ECAP to meet Operational Administrator Qualifications (Criterion 6C.3 Current Streamlined Model) - NAEYC Recognized Credential!

Meet VA Child Care Center Licensing Management Training Requirement (22 VAC 40-185-190 B – page 21)

• Standards for Licensed Child Care Centers in VA

Comply with VA Competencies for Early Childhood Professionals

• VA Competencies for Early Childhood Professionals

College Credit and Clock hours
Earn college credits for Child Development courses offered by Virginia community colleges and clock hours for non-credit Leadership & Management courses offered by SFL.

Credit/Clock hours

Course/Module Title

Instructional Institution

36 Clock Hours

SFL LM 101 – Management


36 Clock Hours

SFL LM 102 – Leadership


3 Credit Hours

CHD 120 – Introduction to Early Childhood Education


Virginia community colleges

3 Credit Hours

CHD 205 – Guiding the Behavior of Children


Virginia community colleges