Criteria for Professional Activity Units
The Maryland Child Care Credential Program includes requirements for participation in activities that contribute to the professional growth and career development of those working in the field of child care. These activity units are earned through participation in activities that contribute to the provision of quality child care and the advancement of the profession.
Professional Activities are those that:
• Engage the participant in the broader aspect of the field of early childhood education and school-age care, and
• Increase the knowledge of others in and outside of the profession.
Active involvement in professional activities promotes and supports the workforce in ways such as workforce development and program improvement, ultimately improving outcomes for children. Professional activities increase competence, performance, and effectiveness of those working in children.
The Credentialing program requires training in the Core of Knowledge area of Professionalism and the completion of professional activities. Completing approved training does not qualify as a professional activity.
Professional Activity Units (PAUs)
Professional Activity Unit (PAU) is the number assigned to an activity depending on the number of hours spent, level of effort, or commitment to an activity. The number of units assigned to an activity is determined through a review of documentation concerning the activity and the level of commitment required of the participant.
The following charts are the description and units assigned for each professional activity:
• Click here: One (1) Professional Activity Unit Chart
• Click here: Two (2) Professional Activity Unit Chart
• Click here: Three (3) Professional Activity Unit Chart
The following matrices provide examples of PAU's, and are not a complete listing of possible activities. There is a column to check an activity when completed, as well as a column for total units. Applicants to the Credentialing Program may use this form as a worksheet to track and report PAUs.
• Click here: Professional Activities Matrix
For any professional activities completed, which are not listed on the PAU Matrix, applicants must submit a Maryland Child Care Credential Program - Professional Activities Approval Form. The Office of Child Care – Credentialing Branch will make determinations regarding the recognition of professional activity units.
• Click here: Professional Activities Approval Form