VPK Instructor Requirements Print E-mail

School year VPK Program

Each credentialed VPK Instructor (lead teacher) must have:

  • Copy of one (1) of the following credentials:
    •  Child Development Associate (CDA) or Florida Child Care Professional Certificate (FCCPC) earned within the last five (5) years; or
    • An Associate’s Degree or higher in Child Development; or
    • An Associate’s Degree or higher in an unrelated field, with at least 6 credit hours in early childhood education or child development, and at least 480 hours of experience in teaching or providing childcare services for children any age from birth to 8 years of age; or
    • A Bachelor’s Degree or higher in early childhood education, prekindergarten or primary education, preschool education, or family and consumer science; or
    • A Bachelor’s Degree in elementary education, if the pre-k instructor has been certified to teach children any age from birth through 6th grade, with a Florida Educator’s Certificate, regardless whether the certificate is current or not, and has not had this educator certificate suspended or revoked.

Please note that a teaching degree from another country must be evaluated and translated by an accredited organization and submitted to DCF for approval.

  • Copy of a five (or more) hour Early Literacy training certificate. If Literacy training was completed after October 1, 2005, it must be the VPK Emergent Literacy course.
  • Copy of Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Criminal Background screening completed in the past 5 years.
  • Copy of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Criminal Background check completed within the last 5 years.
  • Copy of Affidavit of Good Moral Character

You must include the following for each VPK aide/assistant:

  • Copy of Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Criminal Background screening completed in the past 5 years.
  • Copy of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Criminal Background check completed within the last 5 years.
  • Copy of Affidavit of Good Moral Character

Summer VPK Program

You must include the following for each credentialed VPK Instructor:

  • Copy of one (1) of the following credentials:
    • A Bachelor’s Degree or higher in early childhood education, prekindergarten or primary education, preschool education, or family and consumer science; or
    • A Bachelor’s Degree in elementary education, if the pre-k instructor has been certified to teach children any age from birth through 6th grade, with a Florida Educator’s Certificate, regardless whether the certificate is current or not, and has not had this educator certificate suspended or revoked.
    • A valid (current) Florida Educator Certificate

Please note that a teaching degree from another country must be evaluated and translated by an accredited organization and submitted to DCF for approval.

  • Copy of Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Criminal Background screening completed in the past 5 years.  
    • Copy of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Criminal Background check completed within the last 5 years.

    • Copy of Affidavit of Good Moral Character