Frequently Asked Questions | School-Age Professional Credential
- What is a credential?
- Who can apply for the School-Age Professional Credential?
- Why get a School-Age Professional Credential?
- What is the cost?
- Is there scholarship money available for the School-Age Professional Credential Application fee?
- What are the eligibility requirements for the School-Age Professional Credential?
- What do I need to submit with my School-Age Professional Credential application?
- What is the credential review process?
- Is the School-Age Professional Credential good for life or does it need to be renewed at some point?
- How can I get School-Age Professional Credential Application materials?
- How can I get help with my School-Age Professional Credential portfolio?
- Why are Registered Family Child Care Providers required to have a higher Oregon Registry step (Step 8) than certified program staff (Step 6)?
- Do I need to be enrolled in the Oregon Registry?
- Can I use my school-age specific training for my Oregon Registry Step?
- Who offers the school-age specific training and coursework?
- How do I know if my certificates are appropriate documentation for the School-Age Professional Credential?
- How do I know if transcripts contain appropriate documentation for the School-Age Professional Credential?
- Additional Questions?
Q: What is a credential?
A credential is a "document certifying that an individual has met a defined set of requirements set forth by the grantor of the credential, usually related to skills and knowledge and may include demonstrations of competence." (NCCIC)
The purpose of the state-approved Oregon Registry Credentials is to recognize a professional’s knowledge, skills and achievements in order to improve the quality of services and thereby increase positive outcomes for children and families.
Q: Who can apply for the School-Age Professional Credential?
This credential is appropriate for experienced school-age staff in certified or legally exempt childhood care and education programs or providers in certified or registered family child care homes who care for children ages 5 - 12.
Q: Why get an School-Age Professional Credential?
- Validation as a school-age lead teacher
- Achievement of earning a credential in the childhood care and education field
- Increased quality for your program
- Meets the Child Care Division qualifications as a head teacher in a school-age classroom in a Certified Child Care Center
- Meets the Child Care Division qualifications as a Certified Family Child Care Provider
- Documented on the Quality Indicators Report
- Can get a Step on the Oregon Registry without additional cost
- Job security – establishes one as a professional in the field
Q: What is the cost?
The Oregon Registry School-Age Professional Credential application fee is $225.
Q: Is there scholarship money available for the School-Age Professional Credential Application fee?
If you are currently caring for children, you may be eligible for a scholarship through the Oregon Statewide Scholarship Program. Scholarships are available for professional training and education leading to credentialing, as well as Oregon Registry credential application fees and fees associated with the observation required for the credential. For information contact OCCD toll-free at 1-877-725-8535, or email us at: email@example.com. The scholarship application is available online at Forms and Resources.
Q: What are the eligibility requirements for the School-Age Professional Credential?
- Must be 18 years of age
- Must have a high school diploma or GED
- Have training and education sufficient to receive an Oregon Registry Step 7 or higher (Step 8 for Registered Family Child Care Providers and Exempt School-Age Program Staff)
- Have a minimum of 60 clock hours of training specific to children ages 5 - 12
- Have, within the last five years, a minimum of 30 clock hours of training specific to children ages 5 - 12
- Have a minimum of two years of school-age teaching experience in a certified or legally exempt child care center or family child care home
- Have completed the School-Age Professional Credential Portfolio
Q: What do I need to submit with my School-Age Professional Credential application?
Candidates keep the original portfolio and send one copy to the Oregon Center for Career Development (OCCD) at:
Portland State University – OCCD
Attn: School-Age Professional Credential Application
PO Box 751
Portland OR 97207-0751
The portfolio must contain the following elements (in this order):
- Introduction including Enrollment Form, Cover Sheet, and resume or autobiography
- Documentation of education and training for the Oregon Registry Step and the school-age specific training
- Documentation of teaching experience
- Documentation of observation with observation reflection and action plan
- Documentation of professional involvement
- Core knowledge category statements (five statements)
- Professional development plan
- References (two references)
- Commitment to National AfterSchool Association Code of Ethics
Enclose $225.00 (Payable by check or money order to "Portland State University") or complete an Oregon Statewide Scholarship Program application and/or Request for Payment Voucher/Reimbursement Form. These forms are available online at Forms and Resources.
Q: What is the credential review process?
- Portfolios are received at Oregon Center for Career Development (OCCD) and screened for completeness. Incomplete portfolios will be returned to candidate with a letter indicating what is missing from the portfolio.
- Candidates are notified of completeness within 30 days of the application date.
- Theapplication dateis the date the portfolio is received at OCCD.
- Portfolios are reviewed by the School-Age Professional Credential Review Team.
- The School-Age Professional Credential Review Team meets once a calendar quarter. A portfolio is reviewed in the quarter following the application date.
|Portfolio Received at OCCD by:||Portfolio Reviewed by:|
|Dec 31st||Mar 31st|
|Mar 31st||Jun 30th|
|Jun 30th||Sept 30th|
|Sept 30th||Dec 31th|
- The School-Age Professional Credential Review Team makes the decision to award, table or deny the credential.
- Candidates are notified of the decision by mail by the end of the calendar quarter in which the portfolio is reviewed.
- Oregon Center for Career Development issues the Oregon Registry School-Age Professional Credential to successful candidates.
Q: Is the School-Age Professional Credential good for life or does it need to be renewed at some point?
The School-Age Professional Credential is valid for five years from the date of award of the initial credential. Participants will be notified by mail before their credential expiration date. Participants may renew the credential by completing additional training and experience.
Q: How can I get School-Age Professional Credential Application materials?
Application materials are available on-line at School Age Credential. You can also contact OCCD and request that forms be mailed to you.
The following School-Age Professional Credential documents can be downloaded from the OCCD Forms and Resources:
- School-Age Professional Credential Overview and Requirements
Q: How can I get help with my School-Age Professional Credential portfolio?
Contact the Credentialing & Certification Specialist, toll free at 1-877-725-8535 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: Why are Registered Family Child Care Providers and Exempt School-Age Program staff required to have a higher Oregon Registry Step (Step 8) than certified program staff (Step 7)?
(Note: If a registered family child care provider has previous experience in a certified program and can submit verification of this experience, a Step 7 is sufficient.)
This credential was originally developed to meet the Child Care Division (CCD) qualifications of a head teacher in certified child care center or certified family child care home.
Certified family child care providers and certified child care center staff meet this head teacher qualification by meeting the experience requirement of:
“At least two years of qualifying teaching experience, with at least one year as a teacher, in a certified child care center or comparable group care program in the care of infants and/or toddlers” (OAR:414-300-0090).
If your experience is in a registered family child care home or exempt school-age program, it does not meet the above CCD requirement.
As a result, registered family child care providers and exempt school-age program staff have the option to meet the CCD head teacher qualification by a combination of achieving a Step 8 on the Oregon Registry (this step qualifies a person to be a teacher in a CCD certified program) AND achieving the School-Age Professional Credential.
Q: Do I need to be enrolled in the Oregon Registry?
Enrollment in the Oregon Registry is part of the credentialing process. Oregon Registry Step requirements are as follows:
- Certified child care center teachers and certified family child care providers Step 6. or higher.
- Registered family child care providers a Step 8 or higher.
You will be enrolled in the Oregon Registry when you submit your credential portfolio. If you don’t already have the required step for the credential, you will need to submit copies of training certificates and transcripts to verify you meet the step requirements. Some people find it easier to apply for the step separately before applying for the credential.
Q: Can I use my school-age specific training for my Oregon Registry Step?
Yes, the training and education required for the School-Age Professional Credential can also be used to meet the Oregon Registry Step requirement. The same training can count for both programs.
Q: Who offers the school-age specific training and coursework?
The School-Age Professional Credential requires 60 clock hours of training specific to the care of children ages 5 - 12. This training requirement can be met by college coursework or community based training. College courses in youth development and elementary education are offered by Oregon’s community colleges and universities. Many organizations provide community based training; Child Care Resource and Referral, OregonASK, Oregon Association for the Education of Young Children, Oregon Association of Child Care Directors, Provider Resource Organization and others. Check the Oregon Child Care Training Calendar at www.oregonchildcaretraining.org for community based trainings in your area.
Q: How do I know if my certificates are appropriate documentation for the School-Age Professional Credential?
Please see the Oregon Registry: Training and Education Criteria for the requirements for training and education accepted by the Oregon Registry. Community based certificates must include the applicant’s name, title of training, date of training, hours of training, trainer name (may include facilitator, director or training organization name).
If the core knowledge category is not listed on the certificate, the title sometimes indicates a link to a core knowledge category. If the title doesn’t clearly imply a core knowledge category, then a description of the workshop will be required.
Q: How do I know if transcripts contain appropriate documentation for the School-Age Professional Credential?
College transcripts must include applicant’s name and the name of a nationally or regionally accredited educational institution. You can search the US Department of Education database for accreditation status using the website: ope.ed.gov/accreditation/search.aspx. If a degree is required for the Step, transcripts must include a degree awarded, date and major.
Each college course must include the title, month and year, number of credits completed and awarded. If the title of the course doesn’t clearly imply a core knowledge category, then a description of the course will be required.
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