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Early Childhood Education & Child Care

Below, please see the latest listing of courses. Please note that courses are listed in alphabetical order.

 

(ADA Course) Including All Children and the ADA

This course provides essential information that every child care and education professional needs to know about the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Go beyond the definition of ADA to learn inclusionary best practices, strategies and resources for implementing an early childhood or school age environment that is inclusive to all children and families. 

These classes are designed to help you get your program aligned with Maryland EXCELS as well as to help you reach higher Maryland Child Care Credential levels. Credential Boosters are classes that are identified by MSDE in the Staff Credential modifications for levels 2, 3 and 4.

Please note the following about these courses:

  • You can complete online Credential Boosters courses at your own pace, with instructor guidance; each one takes approximately three hours to complete (completion times may vary).
  • Once you have registered, it is your responsibility to email childcareclasses@howardcc.edu to request login instructions.
  • You will need access to a computer, the internet,  and email to take an online Credential Boosters course.
  • No refunds or transfers. No assignment deadline extensions.

* Required Course. MSDE Core of Knowledge: SN  .3 CEUs.

Tuition: $40 (fee based, no waivers)
Jan 03-Mar 23   Online ZB-722 7580 #3426
You may register for and begin a class anytime between Jan 3 and Mar 16. Final deadline for course work is Mar 23.
Apr 10-Jun 15   Online ZB-722 7617 #8295
You may register for and begin a class anytime between Apr 10 and Jun 8. Final deadline for course work is Jun 15.
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Age and Developmentally Appropriate Supervision

Become informed about the Maryland state child care regulations related to appropriate supervision of children of all ages and stages and learn to take an active role and apply best practices to keep children playing and learning safely.

These classes are designed to help you get your program aligned with Maryland EXCELS as well as to help you reach higher Maryland Child Care Credential levels. Credential Boosters are classes that are identified by MSDE in the Staff Credential modifications for levels 2, 3 and 4.

Please note the following about these courses:

  • You can complete online Credential Boosters courses at your own pace, with instructor guidance; each one takes approximately three hours to complete (completion times may vary).
  • Once you have registered, it is your responsibility to email childcareclasses@howardcc.edu to request login instructions.
  • You will need access to a computer, the internet,  and email to take an online Credential Boosters course.
  • No refunds or transfers. No assignment deadline extensions.

MSDE Core of Knowledge: Ch Dev .3 CEUs.

Tuition: $40 (fee based, no waivers)
Jan 03-Mar 23 2:18AM-1:18PM Online ZB-728 7573 #3432
You may register for and begin a class anytime between Jan 3 and Mar 16. Final deadline for course work is Mar 23.
Apr 10-Jun 15   Online ZB-728 7610 #8301
You may register for and begin a class anytime between Apr 10 and Jun 8. Final deadline for course work is Jun 15.
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An Introduction to ASQ-3 and ASQ Online

Become familiar with the Ages and Stages Questionnaire, a Maryland state-approved developmental screening tool for early childhood professionals working in programs for infants through preschool. In this course, you will examine the features of the ASQ-3 and ASQ online tools, how to introduce, administer, score, and interpret the results, and how to explain the process to parents. MSDE Core of Knowledge: 3 hrs. Community. Recommended prerequisite: Developmental Screening Overview (ZB-739). No refunds on or after the class date. .3 CEUs.

Tuition: $59 (includes $40 in fees*)
Sat Mar 03 9AM-12:15PM Hickory Ridge ZB-741 7630 #4465
Sat May 19 9AM-12:15PM Hickory Ridge ZB-741 7637 #9208
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Basic Health & Safety Training

Gain a foundation of information about critical health and safety topics and practice skills designed to meet the proposed Maryland licensing regulation requiring training for all child care providers in basic health and safety areas. Topics include: how to set up and maintain a safe and healthy environment including supervision, safe practices to prevent and reduce injuries, identification and reporting of abuse or neglect, and proper sanitation practices and procedures. MSDE Core of Knowledge: 5 hrs. Health, Safety & Nutrition. .5 CEUs.

Tuition: $59 (includes $40 in fees*)
Sat Mar 03 10AM-3PM Hickory Ridge ZB-742 7632 #3440
Sat Jun 02 10AM-3PM Hickory Ridge ZB-742 7658 #8309
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Child Care Administration

This course prepares prospective directors to administer and manage a child care center. Topics include state requirements and compliance standards for physical facilities, licensing, insurance, and staffing child care programs. Other topics include record keeping, budget and bookkeeping, personnel selection, training and managing staff, food services, equipment, materials, and community involvement. This certification course satisfies the MSDE requirement for 45 hours of administrative training for child care center directors. You must successfully complete all course requirements to receive
a certificate. Standard refund policy does not apply. No fees refunded as of the first class date. No tuition refunded after the fifth class date. Required materials: Purchase either the access key with ebook or the access key and looseleaf book, available at the HCC Bookstore.

Tuition: $260 (includes $90 in fees*)
May 14-Jun 18   Online ZB-673 7606 #8269
Online class has no classroom meetings. After you register, email childcareclasses@howardcc.edu to receive an automated reply with login instructions for Canvas. Begin work on the start date. Instructor’s contact information is listed on the syllabus in the online course. Purchase required materials from the HCC bookstore at howardcc.bncollege.com.
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Child Growth and Development—45 Hours

This certification course satisfies the child development half of the MSDE requirement of 90 hours for child care teachers and directors. Gain a broad overview of major concepts, theories, and research related to the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development of the child from birth through age 12. This course and a 45-hour course in age-appropriate curriculum (preschool, infant-toddler, or school-age) are required to complete the 90-hour certification for child care. You must successfully complete all course requirements to receive a certificate. Aligns with MD Staff Credential (proposed) levels 2-4. Standard refund policy does not apply. No fees refunded as of the first class date. No tuition refunded after the fifth class date. Purchase textbook prior to class. (T) 4.5 CEUs.

Tuition: $260 (includes $90 in fees*)
Apr 20-Jun 08   Online ZB-707 7595 #8275
Online class has no classroom meetings. After you register, email childcareclasses@howardcc.edu to receive an automated reply with login instructions for Canvas. Begin work on the start date. Instructor’s contact information is listed on the syllabus in the online course.
Apr 20-Jun 08   Online ZB-707 7596 #8276
Online class has no classroom meetings. After you register, email childcareclasses@howardcc.edu to receive an automated reply with login instructions for Canvas. Begin work on the start date. Instructor’s contact information is listed on the syllabus in the online course.
Apr 20-Jun 08   Online ZB-707 7597 #8277
Online class has no classroom meetings. After you register, email childcareclasses@howardcc.edu to receive an automated reply with login instructions for Canvas. Begin work on the start date. Instructor’s contact information is listed on the syllabus in the online course.
Apr 20-Jun 08 1:02AM-1:01PM Online ZB-707 7652 #8279
Online class has no classroom meetings. After you register, email childcareclasses@howardcc.edu to receive an automated reply with login instructions for Canvas. Begin work on the start date. Instructor’s contact information is listed on the syllabus in the online course.
Tue, Wed, Thu Jun 05-Jul 12   Gateway Campus ZB-707 7650 #8278
No class Jul 2-6. In this section, all class hours are conducted in the classroom.
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Communication Skills for Child Care Professionals

This course is designed for child care professionals as an introduction to the basic concepts of developing strong communication skills when working in a child care center. Topics include: speaking, writing, interpersonal communication strategies, and critical reading techniques, with a focus on communication with parents and co-workers, and communication issues within a typical child care day. Standard refund policy does not apply. No fees refunded as of the first class date. No tuition refunded after the fifth class date. .9 CEUs.

Tuition: $90 (includes $65 in fees*)
Mar 19-Apr 02   Online ZB-654 7570 #3405
Online class has no classroom meetings. After you register, email childcareclasses@howardcc.edu to receive an automated reply with login instructions for Canvas. Begin work on the start date. Instructor’s contact information is listed on the syllabus in the online course.
Jun 11-Jun 25   Online ZB-654 7607 #8265
Online class has no classroom meetings. After you register, email childcareclasses@howardcc.edu to receive an automated reply with login instructions for Canvas. Begin work on the start date. Instructor’s contact information is listed on the syllabus in the online course.
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Conflict Resolution Strategies

Take effective steps to develop professional and positive relationships with staff, children, families and the community through the practice of conflict resolution strategies. Examine typical situations that may lead to conflict, how to address conflict in a professional manner and promote resolution. 

These classes are designed to help you get your program aligned with Maryland EXCELS as well as to help you reach higher Maryland Child Care Credential levels. Credential Boosters are classes that are identified by MSDE in the Staff Credential modifications for levels 2, 3 and 4.

Please note the following about these courses:

  • You can complete online Credential Boosters courses at your own pace, with instructor guidance; each one takes approximately three hours to complete (completion times may vary).
  • Once you have registered, it is your responsibility to email childcareclasses@howardcc.edu to request login instructions.
  • You will need access to a computer, the internet,  and email to take an online Credential Boosters course.
  • No refunds or transfers. No assignment deadline extensions.

MSDE Core of Knowledge: Pro .3 CEUs.

Tuition: $40 (fee based, no waivers)
Jan 03-Mar 23   Online ZB-730 7584 #3434
You may register for and begin a class anytime between Jan 3 and Mar 16. Final deadline for course work is Mar 23.
Apr 10-Jun 15   Online ZB-730 7621 #8303
You may register for and begin a class anytime between Apr 10 and Jun 8. Final deadline for course work is Jun 15.
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Cultural Competencies and Awareness

Increase your awareness and ability to work effectively with the diverse families in our community, by identifying and developing strategies that will promote cultural competency. Apply anti-bias, diversity and inclusion practices, promote child self-concept and esteem, and plan multi-cultural activities. 

These classes are designed to help you get your program aligned with Maryland EXCELS as well as to help you reach higher Maryland Child Care Credential levels. Credential Boosters are classes that are identified by MSDE in the Staff Credential modifications for levels 2, 3 and 4.

Please note the following about these courses:

  • You can complete online Credential Boosters courses at your own pace, with instructor guidance; each one takes approximately three hours to complete (completion times may vary).
  • Once you have registered, it is your responsibility to email childcareclasses@howardcc.edu to request login instructions.
  • You will need access to a computer, the internet,  and email to take an online Credential Boosters course.
  • No refunds or transfers. No assignment deadline extensions.

MSDE Core of Knowledge: Com  .3 CEUs.

Tuition: $40 (fee based, no waivers)
Jan 03-Mar 23   Online ZB-732 7585 #3436
You may register for and begin a class anytime between Jan 3 and Mar 16. Final deadline for course work is Mar 23.
Apr 10-Jun 15   Online ZB-732 7622 #8305
You may register for and begin a class anytime between Apr 10 and Jun 8. Final deadline for course work is Jun 15.
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Developmental Screening Overview

Become prepared for the new regulation that requires developmental screening of young children enrolled in Maryland child care programs. This overview explains the purpose and benefits of developmental screening and provides practical information for child care professionals, including
a hands-on preview of the recommended screening tools, how to choose a tool, how to collect child information, the on-going screening process, and the referral process for children who need developmental support.

MSDE Core of Knowledge: 2 Ch Dev & 2 Pro.

Standard refund policy does not apply. Refunds issued only until the day before the class starts. No refunds on or after the class start date.

.4 CEUs.

Tuition: $59 (includes $40 in fees*)
Sat Feb 24 9AM-1:30PM Hickory Ridge ZB-739 7631 #4479
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Developmental Screening Overview
Become prepared for the new regulation that requires developmental screening of young children enrolled in Maryland child care programs. This overview explains the purpose and benefits of developmental screening and provides practical information for child care professionals, including a hands-on preview of the recommended screening tools, how to choose a tool, how to collect child information, the on-going screening process, and the referral process for children who need developmental support. MSDE Core of  Knowledge: 2 Ch Dev & 2 Pro. Standard refund policy does not apply. Refunds issued only until the day before the class starts. No refunds on or after the class start date. .4 CEUs.
Tuition: $59 (includes $40 in fees*)
Sat Apr 14 9AM-1:30PM Hickory Ridge ZB-739 7638 #9201
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Developmentally Appropriate Practice

This course looks closely at what the term Developmentally Appropriate Practices "DAP” really means in the context of working with children of all ages and abilities. Learn the national standards and the role of the teacher; including practical strategies you can apply to support each child's learning and development at every age and stage.

These classes are designed to help you get your program aligned with Maryland EXCELS as well as to help you reach higher Maryland Child Care Credential levels. Credential Boosters are classes that are identified by MSDE in the Staff Credential modifications for levels 2, 3 and 4.

Please note the following about these courses:

  • You can complete online Credential Boosters courses at your own pace, with instructor guidance; each one takes approximately three hours to complete (completion times may vary).
  • Once you have registered, it is your responsibility to email childcareclasses@howardcc.edu to request login instructions.
  • You will need access to a computer, the internet,  and email to take an online Credential Boosters course.
  • No refunds or transfers. No assignment deadline extensions.

MSDE Core of Knowledge: Curric  .3 CEUs.

Tuition: $40 (fee based, no waivers)
Jan 03-Mar 23   Online ZB-724 7575 #3428
You may register for and begin a class anytime between Jan 3 and Mar 16. Final deadline for course work is Mar 23.
Apr 10-Jun 15   Online ZB-724 7612 #8297
You may register for and begin a class anytime between Apr 10 and Jun 8. Final deadline for course work is Jun 15.
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Emergency Preparedness Training for Child Care Providers

This course provides six clock-hours of MSDE-approved training in emergency and disaster preparedness for child care. Become better prepared to keep children safe and secure in the event of emergency or disaster situations. Develop a written emergency plan for your child care setting and plan for the unique needs of children during emergency situations. Bring your MSDE child care facility license number and two evacuation locations with address and phone number for your personal plan. Family providers should also bring telephone numbers of a neighbor and a substitute. Standard refund policy does not apply. Refunds issued only until the day before the class starts. No refunds on or after the class start date. .6 CEUs.

Tuition: $15 (fee based, no waivers)
Sat Mar 10 9AM-3:30PM Hickory Ridge ZB-655 7628 #3406
This section is funded by Project Security Blanket. Bring a bag lunch.
Sat Jun 09 9AM-3:30PM Hickory Ridge ZB-655 7651 #8267
This section is funded by Project Security Blanket. Bring a bag lunch.
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Family & Community Partnerships

Learn how to access the many helpful resources that are available right in our community that can benefit children and families, and how to be an advocate for parents and children with ongoing needs related to health, education and referral services. 

These classes are designed to help you get your program aligned with Maryland EXCELS as well as to help you reach higher Maryland Child Care Credential levels. Credential Boosters are classes that are identified by MSDE in the Staff Credential modifications for levels 2, 3 and 4.

Please note the following about these courses:

  • You can complete online Credential Boosters courses at your own pace, with instructor guidance; each one takes approximately three hours to complete (completion times may vary).
  • Once you have registered, it is your responsibility to email childcareclasses@howardcc.edu to request login instructions.
  • You will need access to a computer, the internet,  and email to take an online Credential Boosters course.
  • No refunds or transfers. No assignment deadline extensions.

MSDE Core of Knowledge: Com .3 CEUs.

Tuition: $40 (fee based, no waivers)
Jan 03-Mar 23   Online ZB-733 7586 #3437
You may register for and begin a class anytime between Jan 3 and Mar 16. Final deadline for course work is Mar 23.
Apr 10-Jun 15   Online ZB-733 7623 #8306
You may register for and begin a class anytime between Apr 10 and Jun 8. Final deadline for course work is Jun 15.
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Family Child Care Pre-Service

This class satisfies state training requirements for Family Child Care applicants and new providers to start and operate a home-based child care business. Includes a total of 24 clock-hours: four clock-hours of training in each of the state approved Core of Knowledge areas: Child Development, Curriculum, Health, Safety & Nutrition, Special Needs, Professionalism, and Community. You must successfully complete all course requirements to receive a certificate. Standard refund policy does not apply. No fees refunded as of the first class date. No tuition refunded after the fifth class date. 2.4 CEUs. 

Tuition: $230 (includes $90 in fees*)
Jan 03-Mar 23   Online ZB-696 7571 #3409
You may register for and begin this class anytime from Jan 3 up to Mar 14. This is an online course that you complete at your own pace, with instructor guidance, and takes approximately 24 hours to complete [completion times may vary]. Online class has no classroom meetings. After you register, email childcareclasses@howardcc.edu to receive an automated reply with login instructions for Canvas. Begin work on the start date. Instructor’s contact information is listed on the syllabus in the online course. You will need access to a computer, the internet and email to take this course.
Apr 10-Jun 15   Online ZB-696 7608 #8271
You may register for and begin this class anytime from Apr 10 up to Jun 8. This is an online course that you complete at your own pace, with instructor guidance, and takes approximately 24 hours to complete [completion times may vary]. Online class has no classroom meetings. After you register, email childcareclasses@howardcc.edu to receive an automated reply with login instructions for Canvas. Begin work on the start date. Instructor’s contact information is listed on the syllabus in the online course. You will need access to a computer, the internet and email to take this course.
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Individualized Intensive Interventions: Determining the Meaning of Challenging Behavior (SEFEL 3a) *NEW!*

Do you wish you had a better way to understand why a child exhibits challenging behavior and design a solution to support him or her toward positive behavior? When children act out, they are trying to communicate and ask for our help.

Gain strategies to identify and interpret the meaning of a child’s challenging behaviors. Topics include: communication forms and functions, using interview and observation data, and developing behavior hypotheses for children up to age 8.

This course focuses on the teaching strategies and principles of Social and Emotional Foundations of Early Learning (SEFEL).

MSDE Core of Knowledge: 3 hrs. Pro, 2 hrs. Ch Dev, 1 hr. Comm.

Complete all four modules to earn the additional SEFEL Training certificate.

.6 CEUs.

Tuition: $59 (includes $45 in fees*)
Sat Mar 24 9AM-3:30PM Hickory Ridge ZB-747 7633 #4480
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Individualized Intensive Interventions: Developing a Behavior Support Plan (SEFEL 3B) *NEW*
Learn to use the process of Positive Behavior Support (PBS) to prevent and improve a child’s challenging behavior. This course guides you to break the cycle of negative consequences resulting from challenging behavior and instead apply replacement skills, respond in a way that does not maintain or reinforce challenging behavior and develop a behavior support plan for children up to age 8. MSDE Core of Knowledge: 2 hr. Ch Dev, 3 hr. Pro, 1 hr. Comm. Complete all 4 modules to earn the additional SEFEL Training certificate. .6 CEUs.
Tuition: $59 (includes $45 in fees*)
Sat Jun 02 9AM-3:30AM Hickory Ridge ZB-748 7635 #9206
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Infant and Toddler Care 45 Hours

Gain the skills necessary to work with infants and build communication skills to use with parents, co-workers, and the public. Topics include growth and development, curriculum planning, goal setting, selection of age-appropriate materials, and methods for infants and toddlers birth to age 3. This certification course satisfies the MSDE requirement of 45 hours of infant-toddler curriculum training for child care teachers, directors, and family providers working with infants and toddlers. Teachers of two-year-olds in a licensed preschool may also need the preschool curriculum course (consult your licensing specialist). You must successfully complete class assignments to receive a certificate. Textbook is included and will be provided as a download in the online course. 4.5 CEUs.

Tuition: $260 (includes $90 in fees*)
May 02-Jun 20   Online ZB-702 7600 #8272
Online class has no classroom meetings. After you register, email childcareclasses@howardcc.edu to receive an automated reply with login instructions for Canvas. Begin work on the start date. Instructor’s contact information is listed on the syllabus in the online course.
May 02-Jun 20   Online ZB-702 7601 #8273
Online class has no classroom meetings. After you register, email childcareclasses@howardcc.edu to receive an automated reply with login instructions for Canvas. Begin work on the start date. Instructor’s contact information is listed on the syllabus in the online course.
May 02-Jun 20   Online ZB-702 7602 #8274
Online class has no classroom meetings. After you register, email childcareclasses@howardcc.edu to receive an automated reply with login instructions for Canvas. Begin work on the start date. Instructor’s contact information is listed on the syllabus in the online course.
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Introduction to Environmental Rating Scales

Maryland has identified the ERS environmental rating scales as a quality improvement tool for child care programs participating in MD EXCELS. Learn how the ERS can be used to evaluate the child care environment, identify strengths and areas needing improvement, and increase your program's quality. 

These classes are designed to help you get your program aligned with Maryland EXCELS as well as to help you reach higher Maryland Child Care Credential levels. Credential Boosters are classes that are identified by MSDE in the Staff Credential modifications for levels 2, 3 and 4.

Please note the following about these courses:

  • You can complete online Credential Boosters courses at your own pace, with instructor guidance; each one takes approximately three hours to complete (completion times may vary).
  • Once you have registered, it is your responsibility to email childcareclasses@howardcc.edu to request login instructions.
  • You will need access to a computer, the internet, and email to take an online Credential Boosters course.
  • No refunds or transfers. No assignment deadline extensions.

MSDE Core of Knowledge: Pro

Aligns with MD EXCELS Program Accreditation standard-quality rating levels 3-5. .3 CEUs.

Tuition: $40 (fee based, no waivers)
Jan 03-Mar 23   Online ZB-721 7582 #3425
You may register for and begin a class anytime between Jan 3 and Mar 16. Final deadline for course work is Mar 23.
Apr 10-Jun 15   Online ZB-721 7619 #8294
You may register for and begin a class anytime between Apr 10 and Jun 8. Final deadline for course work is Jun 15.
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Medication Administration

Gain skills to administer medications safely to children in child care centers and family child care homes, and learn to provide special care arrangements for children with asthma and allergies. This state-approved curriculum addresses Maryland child care licensing requirements and NAEYC standards for program accreditation. Topics include practices and procedures for administering over-the-counter and prescription medications to children, including asthma and allergies medications. Instruction is provided by qualified health professionals. MDSE medication administration handbook provided in class. Core of Knowledge: six clock hrs. HSN. Standard refund policy does not apply. Refunds issued only until the day before the class starts. No refunds on or after the class start date. .6 CEUs.

Tuition: $90 (includes $55 in fees*)
Sat Feb 24 9AM-3:30PM Hickory Ridge ZB-737 7629 #3438
Sat May 05 9AM-3:30PM Hickory Ridge ZB-737 7657 #8307
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Nutrition and Active Living

The nutritional and physical needs of today's children are examined, and child care professionals gain skills to promote a healthy lifestyle and overall wellness throughout childhood. Topics include strategies to inform families about nutritional food items, and developing physical and large motor activities and games.

These classes are designed to help you get your program aligned with Maryland EXCELS as well as to help you reach higher Maryland Child Care Credential levels. Credential Boosters are classes that are identified by MSDE in the Staff Credential modifications for levels 2, 3 and 4.

Please note the following about these courses:

  • You can complete online Credential Boosters courses at your own pace, with instructor guidance; each one takes approximately three hours to complete (completion times may vary).
  • Once you have registered, it is your responsibility to email childcareclasses@howardcc.edu to request login instructions.
  • You will need access to a computer, the internet,  and email to take an online Credential Boosters course.
  • No refunds or transfers. No assignment deadline extensions.

MSDE Core of Knowledge: HSN  .3 CEUs.

Tuition: $40 (fee based, no waivers)
Jan 03-Mar 23   Online ZB-719 7578 #3423
You may register for and begin a class anytime between Jan 3 and Mar 16. Final deadline for course work is Mar 23.
Apr 10-Jun 16   Online ZB-719 7615 #8292
You may register for and begin a class anytime between Apr 10 and Jun 8. Final deadline for course work is Jun 15.
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Nutritional Building Blocks: Fuel Up and Move! (IMIL 4) *NEW*
Healthy nutrition is a key for growth and also is a foundation for success in school and life. Learn to promote healthy lifestyles in children, staff and families in a child care program and at home by establishing healthy preferences early in life with games, music and other engaging activities. MSDE Core of Knowledge: 4 hr. Health, Safety & Nutrition. Bring a bag lunch; wear comfortable clothes. .4 CEUs.
Tuition: $59 (includes $40 in fees*)
Sat Apr 21 10AM-2PM Hickory Ridge ZB-750 7636 #9211
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Observation and Assessment Birth-12

Systematic, objective observation of children is key to evaluating their development and planning learning activities. Become equipped with observation and assessments tools, appropriate methods of collecting and interpreting information, and gain a better understanding of the purpose of on-going assessment. 

These classes are designed to help you get your program aligned with Maryland EXCELS as well as to help you reach higher Maryland Child Care Credential levels. Credential Boosters are classes that are identified by MSDE in the Staff Credential modifications for levels 2, 3 and 4.

Please note the following about these courses:

  • You can complete online Credential Boosters courses at your own pace, with instructor guidance; each one takes approximately three hours to complete (completion times may vary).
  • Once you have registered, it is your responsibility to email childcareclasses@howardcc.edu to request login instructions.
  • You will need access to a computer, the internet,  and email to take an online Credential Boosters course.
  • No refunds or transfers. No assignment deadline extensions.

MSDE Core of Knowledge: Ch Dev  .3 CEUs.

Tuition: $40 (fee based, no waivers)
Jan 03-Mar 23   Online ZB-725 7572 #3429
You may register for and begin a class anytime between Jan 3 and Mar 16. Final deadline for course work is Mar 23.
Apr 10-Jun 15   Online ZB-725 7609 #8298
You may register for and begin a class anytime between Apr 10 and Jun 8. Final deadline for course work is Jun 15.
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Playground Safety

Become more prepared to plan for a fun and safe playground, and learn the role of the child care provider in supervising and implementing safety procedures, from age appropriate and accessible playground equipment to appropriate supervision, and safety checks.

These classes are designed to help you get your program aligned with Maryland EXCELS as well as to help you reach higher Maryland Child Care Credential levels. Credential Boosters are classes that are identified by MSDE in the Staff Credential modifications for levels 2, 3 and 4.

Please note the following about these courses:

  • You can complete online Credential Boosters courses at your own pace, with instructor guidance; each one takes approximately three hours to complete (completion times may vary).
  • Once you have registered, it is your responsibility to email childcareclasses@howardcc.edu to request login instructions.
  • You will need access to a computer, the internet,  and email to take an online Credential Boosters course.
  • No refunds or transfers. No assignment deadline extensions.

MSDE Core of Knowledge: HSN  .3 CEUs.

Tuition: $40 (fee based, no waivers)
Jan 03-Mar 23   Online ZB-729 7579 #3433
You may register for and begin a class anytime between Jan 3 and Mar 16. Final deadline for course work is Mar 23.
Apr 10-Jun 15   Online ZB-729 7616 #8302
You may register for and begin a class anytime between Apr 11 and Jun 8. Final deadline for course work is Jun 15.
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Positive Child Guidance and Discipline Theory

Gain an overview of positive child guidance and discipline by examining theory and best practices. Learn appropriate guidance techniques, internal and external factors that influence child behavior, and ways to partner with families to foster positive child guidance.

These classes are designed to help you get your program aligned with Maryland EXCELS as well as to help you reach higher Maryland Child Care Credential levels. Credential Boosters are classes that are identified by MSDE in the Staff Credential modifications for levels 2, 3 and 4.

Please note the following about these courses:

  • You can complete online Credential Boosters courses at your own pace, with instructor guidance; each one takes approximately three hours to complete (completion times may vary).
  • Once you have registered, it is your responsibility to email childcareclasses@howardcc.edu to request login instructions.
  • You will need access to a computer, the internet,  and email to take an online Credential Boosters course.
  • No refunds or transfers. No assignment deadline extensions.

MSDE Core of Knowledge: Ch Dev .3 CEUs.

Tuition: $40 (fee based, no waivers)
Jan 03-Mar 23   Online ZB-726 7574 #3430
You may register for and begin a class anytime between Jan 3 and Mar 16. Final deadline for course work is Mar 23.
Apr 10-Jun 15   Online ZB-726 7611 #8299
You may register for and begin a class anytime between Apr 10 and Jun 8. Final deadline for course work is Jun 15.
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Preschool Curriculum and Activities 45 Hours

Become prepared for a position in a child care center or preschool. This certification course satisfies the curriculum half of the MSDE requirement of 90 hours of training for child care teachers and directors working with preschoolers. Basic concepts of curriculum planning and implementation for children three to five years old are introduced. Topics include: teaching strategies, environment design, and implementation of best practices in early childhood education. You must successfully complete all course requirements to receive a certificate. Aligns with MD Staff Credential (proposed) levels 2-4. Standard refund policy does not apply. No fees refunded as of the first class date. No tuition refunded after the fifth class date. Purchase textbook prior to class. (T) 4.5 CEUs.

Tuition: $260 (includes $55 in fees*)
Mon, Wed Mar 26-May 21 6:30PM-9:45PM Gateway Campus ZB-718 7649 #8290
No class Apr 2 & Apr 4. In this section, all class hours are conducted in the classroom.
Apr 18-Jun 06   Online ZB-718 7603 #8287
Online classes have no classroom meetings. After you register, email childcareclasses@howardcc.edu to receive an automated reply with login instructions for Canvas. Begin work on the start date. Instructor’s contact information is listed on the syllabus in the online course.
Apr 18-Jun 06   Online ZB-718 7604 #8288
Online classes have no classroom meetings. After you register, email childcareclasses@howardcc.edu to receive an automated reply with login instructions for Canvas. Begin work on the start date. Instructor’s contact information is listed on the syllabus in the online course.
Apr 18-Jun 06   Online ZB-718 7605 #8289
Online classes have no classroom meetings. After you register, email childcareclasses@howardcc.edu to receive an automated reply with login instructions for Canvas. Begin work on the start date. Instructor’s contact information is listed on the syllabus in the online course.
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Resources That Guide Daily Planning

This course is designed to provide child care and early childhood education professionals with an explanation of key concepts of curriculum planning and implementation, including frameworks, standards, guidelines, planning tools and state-approved curriculum resources aimed to promote quality programming and enhanced learning.

These classes are designed to help you get your program aligned with Maryland EXCELS as well as to help you reach higher Maryland Child Care Credential levels. Credential Boosters are classes that are identified by MSDE in the Staff Credential modifications for levels 2, 3 and 4.

Please note the following about these courses:

  • You can complete online Credential Boosters courses at your own pace, with instructor guidance; each one takes approximately three hours to complete (completion times may vary).
  • Once you have registered, it is your responsibility to email childcareclasses@howardcc.edu to request login instructions.
  • You will need access to a computer, the internet,  and email to take an online Credential Boosters course.
  • No refunds or transfers. No assignment deadline extensions.

MSDE Core of Knowledge: Curric  .3 CEUs.

Tuition: $40 (fee based, no waivers)
Jan 03-Mar 23   Online ZB-723 7576 #3427
You may register for and begin a class anytime between Jan 3 and Mar 16. Final deadline for course work is Mar 23.
Apr 10-Jun 15   Online ZB-723 7613 #8296
You may register for and begin a class anytime between Apr 10 and Jun 8. Final deadline for course work is Jun 15.
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School Age Child Care Curriculum 45 Hours

Gain the skills necessary to work in school-age child care programs. Topics include curriculum planning, age-appropriate materials and methods for working with children ages six-13. This certification course satisfies the curriculum half of the MSDE requirement of 90 hours of child care training for teachers, directors, and coordinators working with school-age children. You must successfully complete all course requirements to receive a certificate. Aligns with MD Staff Credential (proposed) levels 2-4. Standard refund policy does not apply. No fees refunded as of the first class date. No tuition refunded after the fifth class date. Purchase textbook prior to class. (T) 4.5 CEUs.

Tuition: $260 (includes $90 in fees*)
Apr 16-Jun 04   Online ZB-717 7598 #8284
Online class has no classroom meetings. After you register, email childcareclasses@howardcc.edu to receive an automated reply with login instructions for Canvas. Begin work on the start date. Instructor’s contact information is listed on the syllabus in the online course.
Apr 16-Jun 04   Online ZB-717 7599 #8285
Online class has no classroom meetings. After you register, email childcareclasses@howardcc.edu to receive an automated reply with login instructions for Canvas. Begin work on the start date. Instructor’s contact information is listed on the syllabus in the online course.
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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

Learn all about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), which can affect apparently healthy infants under one year of age. No refund. .2 CEUs.

Tuition: $40 (fee based, no waivers)
Jan 03-Mar 23   Online ZB-661 7587 #3407
You may register for and begin this class anytime from Jan 3 until Mar 16; online course takes about 2 hours to complete, although completion times vary. Online class has no classroom meetings. After you register, email childcareclasses@howardcc.edu to receive an automated reply with login instructions for Canvas. Instructor’s contact information is listed on the syllabus in the online course. You will need access to a computer, the internet and email to take this course.
Apr 10-Jun 15   Online ZB-661 7624 #8268
You may register for and begin this class anytime from Apr 10 until Jun 8; online course takes about 2 hours to complete, although completion times vary. Online class has no classroom meetings. After you register, email childcareclasses@howardcc.edu to receive an automated reply with login instructions for Canvas. Instructor’s contact information is listed on the syllabus in the online course. You will need access to a computer, the internet and email to take this course.
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Supporting Breastfeeding in Child Care

REQUIRED COURSE for child care teachers, directors and family child care providers caring for children under two.

Learn to make your program breastfeeding-friendly for families. Satisfies the MSDE breastfeeding support requirement for child care professionals. This course provides an overview of the state regulation, guidelines and resources to support the practice of breastfeeding and provides related resources for families within a child care program.

These classes are designed to help you get your program aligned with Maryland EXCELS as well as to help you reach higher Maryland Child Care Credential levels. Credential Boosters are classes that are identified by MSDE in the Staff Credential modifications for levels 2, 3 and 4.

Please note the following about these courses:

  • You can complete online Credential Boosters courses at your own pace, with instructor guidance; each one takes approximately three hours to complete (completion times may vary).
  • Once you have registered, it is your responsibility to email childcareclasses@howardcc.edu to request login instructions.
  • You will need access to a computer, the internet,  and email to take an online Credential Boosters course.
  • No refunds or transfers. No assignment deadline extensions.

* Required Course  MSDE Core of Knowledge: Com .3 CEUs.

Tuition: $40 (fee based, no waivers)
Jan 03-Mar 23   Online ZB-740 7588 #3439
You may register for and begin a class anytime between Jan 3 and Mar 16. Final deadline for course work is Mar 23.
Apr 10-Jun 15   Online ZB-740 7625 #8308
You may register for and begin a class anytime between Apr 10 and Jun 8. Final deadline for course work is Jun 15.
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Supporting Children with Disabilities

More than ever, children with special needs are growing and learning in child care, and educators need strategies to enable all children with disabilities, delays or special needs to gain knowledge, skills and enthusiasm for learning. Learn the child care professional's role in supporting IEP/IFSPs, how to select materials, adapt instruction and provide a motivational environment for all. 

These classes are designed to help you get your program aligned with Maryland EXCELS as well as to help you reach higher Maryland Child Care Credential levels. Credential Boosters are classes that are identified by MSDE in the Staff Credential modifications for levels 2, 3 and 4.

Please note the following about these courses:

  • You can complete online Credential Boosters courses at your own pace, with instructor guidance; each one takes approximately three hours to complete (completion times may vary).
  • Once you have registered, it is your responsibility to email childcareclasses@howardcc.edu to request login instructions.
  • You will need access to a computer, the internet,  and email to take an online Credential Boosters course.
  • No refunds or transfers. No assignment deadline extensions.

MSDE Core of Knowledge: SN  .3 CEUs.

Tuition: $40 (fee based, no waivers)
Jan 03-Mar 23   Online ZB-720 7581 #3424
You may register for and begin a class anytime between Jan 3 and Mar 16. Final deadline for course work is Mar 23.
Apr 10-Jun 15   Online ZB-720 7618 #8293
You may register for and begin a class anytime between Apr 10 and Jun 8. Final deadline for course work is Jun 15.
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Taking Learning Outside

Look beyond the slide and climber to the many ways outdoor learning environments and play spaces can be used to support child development and learning. Topics include activity planning, environmental design, and selection of materials and equipment.

These classes are designed to help you get your program aligned with Maryland EXCELS as well as to help you reach higher Maryland Child Care Credential levels. Credential Boosters are classes that are identified by MSDE in the Staff Credential modifications for levels 2, 3 and 4.

Please note the following about these courses:

  • You can complete online Credential Boosters courses at your own pace, with instructor guidance; each one takes approximately three hours to complete (completion times may vary).
  • Once you have registered, it is your responsibility to email childcareclasses@howardcc.edu to request login instructions.
  • You will need access to a computer, the internet,  and email to take an online Credential Boosters course.
  • No refunds or transfers. No assignment deadline extensions.

MSDE Core of Knowledge: Curric  .3 CEUs.

Tuition: $40 (fee based, no waivers)
Jan 03-Mar 23   Online ZB-727 7577 #3431
You may register for and begin a class anytime between Jan 3 and Mar 16. Final deadline for course work is Mar 23.
Apr 10-Jun 15   Online ZB-727 7614 #8300
You may register for and begin a class anytime between Apr 10 and Jun 8. Final deadline for course work is Jun 15.
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The Child Care Provider as a Professional

Examine the components of professionalism that promote a successful work environment and relationships, including ethical codes of conduct, federal, state and local organizations that support development in child care and education.

These classes are designed to help you get your program aligned with Maryland EXCELS as well as to help you reach higher Maryland Child Care Credential levels. Credential Boosters are classes that are identified by MSDE in the Staff Credential modifications for levels 2, 3 and 4.

Please note the following about these courses:

  • You can complete online Credential Boosters courses at your own pace, with instructor guidance; each one takes approximately three hours to complete (completion times may vary).
  • Once you have registered, it is your responsibility to email childcareclasses@howardcc.edu to request login instructions.
  • You will need access to a computer, the internet,  and email to take an online Credential Boosters course.
  • No refunds or transfers. No assignment deadline extensions.

MSDE Core of Knowledge: Pro .3 CEUs.

Tuition: $40 (fee based, no waivers)
Jan 03-Mar 23   Online ZB-731 7583 #3435
You may register for and begin a class anytime between Jan 3 and Mar 16. Final deadline for course work is Mar 23.
Apr 10-Jun 15   Online ZB-731 7620 #8304
You may register for and begin a class anytime between Apr 10 and Jun 8. Final deadline for course work is Jun 15.
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