Self-Learning Modules

ECELS-Healthy Child Care PA offers more than 30 topics as self-learning modules. Anyone who wants to improve care for children may use the online materials on the ECELS website. The self-learning modules are entirely online and many have an option to send your responses electonically.   

Pennsylvania early education and child care providers may submit their work on self-learning modules to ECELS for review to earn state-authorized professional development credit. Review of modules by ECELS for state-authorized professional development credit requires a per person co-pay for each completed self-learning module (SLM).  ECELS offers self-learning modules and recorded webinars on a fee-for-service basis.  Effective January 1, 2017, the fee is $15.00 per person/per topic.  When ready to submit a module, select "Click Here to Order SLM Reviews" and complete the form. For those paying by PayPal:  You must indicate under "Instructions to Merchant" the name of the person completing the Self-Learning Module.  This will avoid unnecessary delays in payment and processing. The self-learning modules meet PA Keystone STARS Level 2 Performance Standards for Health and Safety. You may submit your work entirely online by downloading the response sheets, inserting your answers and returning them electronically by scanning and attaching your work to an e-mail or sending your work by fax to ECELS. Be sure to follow the instructions in the "Important Reminders" box when you submit your work for ECELS to review for professional development credit.

An ECELS staff member will review your documentation and provide help to successfully complete the required learning tasks. Processing of self-learning modules and approval of credit on the PA Keys website may take 6-8 weeks after submission for review.  Once satisfactory completion is accomplished, ECELS will send an e-mail to advise the learner to access the PA Key website and complete the online evaluation.  Once the evaluation is completed, the PA Key will send an email to let the learner know it is time to print a certificate from the PA Key website.  For additional information or assistance, contact ECELS at 800-243-2357 or 484-446-3003, or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. (Updated 12/30/16) 

Important Reminders

  • Each module must be independently completed for credit.
  • Effective January 1, 2017, the per person fee will be $15.00 for each module or recorded webinar submitted.    
  • Use the Module and Webinar Payment Form  when submitting for multiple people from one site.

Ready to submit your module to ECELS?
Be sure to include for each person's work:

  • All required module documents.
  • A completed Registration Form
  • Effective January 1, 2017, the per person fee will be $15.00 for each module or recorded webinar submitted.

For more information, please contact ECELS or call 800-243-2357.