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CCP Field Counselor Role

 

The CCP is a professional credential requiring guidance, insight and observation from early childhood educational professionals, or CCP Field Counselors. CCP Field Counselors provide technical assistance, procedural guidance, mentoring, field expertise and observational assessment for CCP candidates.

 

Field Counselor Qualifications:

To qualify as a CCP Field Counselor, an individual must meet the following criteria in Education, Experience and Professionalism:

 

  • Education Requirements

The individual, whether a director, teacher, CDA, or CCP, must hold an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education, or a B.A., B.S., or Master’s or Doctoral Degree in Education/ Early Childhood Education,Vocational / home economics education, or Home Economics/ Child Development. For any particular area listed above, the individual must document 18 credit hours / 270 clock hours in early childhood education / child development focusing on children birth through 6 years of age.

 

  • Experience Requirements

The individual must have two (2) years of experience in a licensed early childhood / childcare setting serving children birth through 6 years of age including one year of direct service to children as a teacher, care provider, child life worker, social service provider, or similar role; and one year experience related to assisting in or having primary responsibility for the professional development of another adult.

 

Path 1:

  • B.A., B.S. or advanced degree in one of the following fields:
    • Child Development
    • Early Childhood Education
    • Early Childhood Special Education that addresses child development, learning from birth through kindergarten, health and safety
    • Family Studies Or other early childhood-related field
  • And 1 year of experience in a licensed center-based early childhood program serving children birth through 6 years of age as a teacher, care provider, child life worker, social service provider, or comparable position AND 1 year of experience related to assisting in or having primary responsibility for the professional development of another adult.

 

Path 2:

  • Associate degree in one of the following fields:
  • Child Development
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Or other early childhood-related field
  • And 2 years of experience in a licensed center-based early childhood program serving children birth through 6 years of age as a teacher, care provider, child life worker, social service provider, or comparable position AND 2 years of experience related to assisting in or having primary responsibility for the professional development of another adult.

 

Path 3:

  • Current Certified Childcare Professional (CCP) \
  • 18 college credit hours in early childhood education or child development focusing on children birth though 6 years of age
  • And 4 years of experience in a licensed center-based early childhood program serving children birth through 6 years of age as a teacher, care provider, child life worker, social service provider, or comparable position
  • And 2 years of experience related to assisting in or having primary responsibility for the professional development of another adult.

 

Professionalism Experience

 

  • Relate to the broad diversity of individuals representing a variety of cultural, regional and socio-economic backgrounds working in early childhood settings
  • Have the ability to organize and facilitate learning activities, discussions, seminars and problem-solving sessions with adults
  • Understand and can articulate local and national regulations, standards, and guidelines related to early childhood programs serving children between birth and 6 years of age
  • Be able to speak, read and write English at a level that permits a CCP Field Counselor to carry out his/her duties and responsibilities

 

CCP Field Counselors are selected by the CCP Candidate and identified to The NECPA Commission, Inc. on the CCP Registration Form.

 

Conflicts of Interest Stipulations

A CCP Candidate may not choose a Field Counselor that shares ANY of the following relationships, as these are recognized by The NECPA Commission as a conflict of interest:

 

Any person that may have a bias toward a CCP Candidate that will directly affect the integrity of the CCP Field Counselor/CCP Candidate relationship. This list may include, but is not limited to, the following relationships:


Director

Co-Worker

Spouse

Immediate or Extended Family Member

  

Click Here to Download the CCP Field Counselor Application

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