Pennsylvania School Age Professional Credential (SAPC)

The Pennsylvania School-Age Professional Credential (SAPC) is administered by the Pennsylvania Key through statewide partners.  It was developed to promote quality services for children and families by providing specific standards, professional development and evaluation of school-age practitioners.  Individuals interested in acquiring the SAPC must meet specific eligibility requirements, complete 120 hours of coursework addressing the thirteen (13) Functional Areas and complete a collection of information including a Portfolio, Resource File, Observations and Family Questionnaires.  The final step in the process is an on-site assessment review with a SAPC Assessor.  This credential is recognized in the Keystone STARS Continuous Quality Improvement System as meeting Level A on the Early Childhood Education Career Pathway.

General Information

Institutes of Higher Education (IHEs) with School Age Professional Credential (SAPC) Coursework

The below list of IHEs have partnered with Pennsylvania’s Rising Stars Tuition Assistance (RSTA) program to provide School Age Professional Credential coursework in the last 18 months:

  • Northampton Community College

For more information, contact your Professional Development Organization (PDO) and the Institution of Higher Education (IHE) offering the program.

SAPC Candidate Information and Materials Packet

Please mail all SAPC Credential applications to:

Pennsylvania Key
200 North 3rd Street, 2nd Flr.
Harrisburg, PA 17101

Materials below include a description of the SAPC process, requirements, directions and forms for completing the Portfolio, Resource File, Observations and Family Surveys.  Also included is the application for the on-site assessment request form. Please download and print the materials.  If you do not have download capacity, please call 800-284-6031 and request a SAC Credential Packet.  Please have your Early Learning Facility MPI# and shipping information when calling to request a copy of the materials.

Renewal Information and Materials

For more information about coursework being offered in your region contact your Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC). Find your ELRC at

For more information, contact Betsy O. Saatman at or 484-955-5909.