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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)
Jul 02-Aug 24   Online ZB-722 7493 #9706
You may register for and begin this class anytime between Jul 2 and Aug 17. Final deadline for course work is Aug 24.
Sep 10-Dec 14   Online ZB-722 7535 #1217
You may register for and begin this class anytime between Sep 10 and Dec 7. Final deadline for course work is Dec 14.
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Basic Health & Safety Training *Required Course*

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: five hrs. Health, Safety & Nutrition. .5 CEUs.

Tuition: $59 (includes $40 in fees*)
Sat Jul 21 10AM-3PM Hickory Ridge ZB-742 7504 #9722
Sat Oct 13 10AM-3PM Hickory Ridge ZB-742 7544 #1231
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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 loose leaf book, available at the HCC Bookstore. 4.5 CEUs.

Tuition: $260 (includes $90 in fees*)
Oct 11-Nov 29   Online ZB-673 7524 #1191
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 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*)
Mon, Wed Sep 10-Oct 29 6:30PM-9:45PM Gateway Campus ZB-707 7546 #1200
In this section, all class hours are conducted in the classroom.
Oct 26-Dec 14   Online ZB-707 7511 #1197
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.
Oct 26-Dec 14   Online ZB-707 7512 #1198
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.
Oct 26-Dec 14   Online ZB-707 7513 #1199
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.
Oct 26-Dec 14   Online ZB-707 7514 #1201
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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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*)
Jul 30-Aug 13   Online ZB-654 7483 #9680
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.
Nov 05-Nov 19   Online ZB-654 7525 #1187
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)
Jul 02-Aug 24   Online ZB-730 7497 #9714
You may register for and begin this class anytime between Jul 2 and Aug 17. Final deadline for course work is Aug 24.
Sep 10-Dec 14   Online ZB-730 7539 #1225
You may register for and begin this class anytime between Sep 10 and Dec 7. Final deadline for course work is Dec 14.
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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)
Jul 02-Aug 24   Online ZB-732 7498 #9716
You may register for and begin this class anytime between Jul 2 and Aug 17. Final deadline for course work is Aug 24.
Sep 10-Dec 14   Online ZB-732 7540 #1227
You may register for and begin this class anytime between Sep 10 and Dec 7. Final deadline for course work is Dec 14.
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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)
Jul 02-Aug 24   Online ZB-724 7488 #9708
You may register for and begin this class anytime between Jul 2 and Aug 17. Final deadline for course work is Aug 24.
Sep 10-Dec 14   Online ZB-724 7530 #1219
You may register for and begin this class anytime between Sep 10 and Dec 7. Final deadline for course work is Dec 14.
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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)
Jul 02-Aug 24   Online ZB-733 7499 #9717
You may register for and begin this class anytime between Jul 2 and Aug 17. Final deadline for course work is Aug 24.
Sep 10-Dec 14   Online ZB-733 7541 #1228
You may register for and begin this class anytime between Sep 10 and Dec 7. Final deadline for course work is Dec 14.
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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*)
Sep 10-Dec 14   Online ZB-696 7526 #1193
You may register for and begin this class anytime from Sep 10 until Dec 7. This is an online course that you complete at your own pace, with instructor guidance, and takes approximately 24 hours to complete. Although, 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)

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 eight. 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 Nov 03 9AM-3:30PM Hickory Ridge ZB-747 7551 #3353
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Individualized Intensive Interventions: Developing a Behavior Support Plan (SEFEL 3B)
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 eight. MSDE Core of Knowledge: 2 hr. Ch Dev, 3 hr. Pro, 1 hr. Comm. Complete all four modules to earn the additional SEFEL Training certificate. .6 CEUs.
Tuition: $59 (includes $45 in fees*)
Sat Dec 08 9AM-3:30PM Hickory Ridge ZB-748 7552 #3349
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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 three. 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*)
Sep 12-Oct 31   Online ZB-702 7517 #1194
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.
Sep 12-Oct 31   Online ZB-702 7518 #1195
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.
Sep 12-Oct 31   Online ZB-702 7519 #1196
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)
Jul 02-Aug 24   Online ZB-721 7495 #9705
You may register for and begin this class anytime between Jul 2 and Aug 17. Final deadline for course work is Aug 24.
Sep 10-Dec 14   Online ZB-721 7537 #1216
You may register for and begin this class anytime between Sep 10 and Dec 7. Final deadline for course work is Dec 14.
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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: $99 (includes $55 in fees*)
Sat Aug 18 9AM-3:30PM Hickory Ridge ZB-737 7503 #9718
Sat Nov 03 9AM-3:30PM Hickory Ridge ZB-737 7545 #1229
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Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity Every Day for All Children (IMIL 1)

Do you think young children could use more physical activity in the day? Would you like to learn how to increase physical activity with toddlers and preschoolers and include children of all abilities? Get up and moving and learn to facilitate 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per day using developmentally appropriate play activities for children under five. Make the connection between physical activity and school readiness, plan ways to adapt and modify physical activity to different levels and abilities, and involve co-workers and families. This course is part of the I am Moving, I am Learning curriculum. MSDE Core of Knowledge: two hrs. H,S,N; 2 hrs. SN. .4 CEUs

Tuition: $49 (includes $40 in fees*)
Sat Oct 20 10AM-2:30PM Hickory Ridge ZB-745 7553 #1234
Wear comfortable clothes. Bring a bag lunch
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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)
Jul 02-Aug 24   Online ZB-719 7491 #9703
You may register for and begin this class anytime between Jul 2 and Aug 17. Final deadline for course work is Aug 24.
Sep 10-Dec 14   Online ZB-719 7533 #1214
You may register for and begin this class anytime between Sep 10 and Dec 7. Final deadline for course work is Dec 14.
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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)
Jul 02-Aug 24   Online ZB-725 7485 #9709
You may register for and begin this class anytime between Jul 2 and Aug 17. Final deadline for course work is Aug 24.
Sep 10-Dec 14   Online ZB-725 7527 #1220
You may register for and begin this class anytime between Sep 10 and Dec 7. Final deadline for course work is Dec 14.
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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)
Jul 02-Aug 24   Online ZB-729 7492 #9713
You may register for and begin this class anytime between Jul 2 and Aug 17. Final deadline for course work is Aug 24.
Sep 10-Dec 14   Online ZB-729 7534 #1224
You may register for and begin this class anytime between Sep 10 and Dec 7. Final deadline for course work is Dec 14.
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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)
Jul 02-Aug 24   Online ZB-726 7487 #9710
You may register for and begin this class anytime between Jul 2 and Aug 17. Final deadline for course work is Aug 24.
Sep 10-Dec 14   Online ZB-726 7529 #1221
You may register for and begin this class anytime between Sep 10 and Dec 7. Final deadline for course work is Dec 14.
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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 $90 in fees*)
Sep 12-Oct 31   Online ZB-718 7520 #1209
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.
Sep 12-Oct 31   Online ZB-718 7521 #1210
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.
Sep 12-Oct 31   Online ZB-718 7522 #1211
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.
Sep 12-Oct 31 1:16AM-1:15AM Online ZB-718 7523 #3347
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.
Mon, Wed, Thu Nov 05-Dec 13 6:30PM-9:45PM Gateway Campus ZB-718 7547 #1212
In this section, all class hours are conducted in the classroom.
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Promoting Children’s Success: Building Relationships and Creating Supportive Environments (SEFEL 1)

Has a child’s angry or aggressive behavior ever challenged your progress in achieving your teaching goals? Gain strategies for preventing challenging behavior in children up to age eight, and learn the underlying principles of SEFEL (Social and Emotional Foundations of Early Learning) that explain positive ways to support children with challenging behaviors toward success. MSDE Core of Knowledge: five hours CD, one hour PRO. Complete all four modules to earn the additional SEFEL Training certificate. .6 CEUs.

Tuition: $59 (includes $40 in fees*)
Sat Sep 08 9AM-3:30PM Hickory Ridge ZB-743 7549 #1232
Bring a bag lunch.
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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)
Jul 02-Aug 24   Online ZB-723 7489 #9707
You may register for and begin this class anytime between Jul 2 and Aug 17. Final deadline for course work is Aug 24.
Sep 10-Dec 14   Online ZB-723 7531 #1218
You may register for and begin this class anytime between Sep 10 and Dec 7. Final deadline for course work is Dec 14.
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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*)
Sep 17-Nov 05   Online ZB-717 7515 #1206
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.
Sep 17-Nov 05   Online ZB-717 7516 #1207
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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Social Emotional Teaching Strategies (SEFEL 2)

Have you wished you could help a child who has trouble getting along with others or making friends? Learn effective strategies for teaching developmentally appropriate social and emotional domain skills to children up to age eight, including the ability to solve problems, communicate emotions appropriately and effectively, and build friendships. This class focuses on the teaching strategies principle of SEFEL (Social and Emotional Foundations of Early Learning). MSDE Core of Knowledge: three hours CD, three hour PRO. Complete all four modules to earn the additional SEFEL Training certificate. .6 CEUs.

Tuition: $59 (includes $40 in fees*)
Sat Oct 13 9AM-3:30PM Hickory Ridge ZB-744 7550 #1233
Bring a bag lunch.
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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)
Jul 02-Aug 24   Online ZB-661 7500 #9683
You may register for and begin this class anytime from Jul 2 until Aug 17. Online course takes about two hours to complete. Although, 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. 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.
Sep 10-Dec 14   Online ZB-661 7542 #1190
You may register for and begin this class anytime from Sep 10 until Dec 7; 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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Supervising Children in Child Care

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)
Jul 02-Aug 24   Online ZB-751 7486 #0142
You may register for and begin this class anytime between Jul 2 and Aug 17. Final deadline for course work is Aug 24.
Sep 10-Dec 14   Online ZB-751 7528 #3335
You may register for and begin this class anytime between Sep 10 and Dec 7. Final deadline for course work is Dec 14.
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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)
Jul 02-Aug 24   Online ZB-740 7501 #9720
You may register for and begin this class anytime between Jul 2 and Aug 17. Final deadline for course work is Aug 24.
Sep 10-Dec 14   Online ZB-740 7543 #1230
You may register for and begin this class anytime between Sep 10 and Dec 7. Final deadline for course work is Dec 14.
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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)
Jul 02-Aug 24   Online ZB-720 7494 #9704
You may register for and begin this class anytime between Jul 2 and Aug 17. Final deadline for course work is Aug 24.
Sep 10-Dec 14   Online ZB-720 7536 #1215
You may register for and begin this class anytime between Sep 10 and Dec 7. Final deadline for course work is Dec 14.
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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)
Jul 02-Aug 24   Online ZB-727 7490 #9711
You may register for and begin this class anytime between Jul 2 and Aug 17. Final deadline for course work is Aug 24.
Sep 10-Dec 14   Online ZB-727 7532 #1222
You may register for and begin this class anytime between Sep 10 and Dec 7. Final deadline for course work is Dec 14.
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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)
Jul 02-Aug 24   Online ZB-731 7496 #9715
You may register for and begin this class anytime between Jul 2 and Aug 17. Final deadline for course work is Aug 24.
Sep 10-Dec 14   Online ZB-731 7538 #1226
You may register for and begin this class anytime between Sep 10 and Dec 7. Final deadline for course work is Dec 14.
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There’s a Monster in My Closet: Fears, Phobias and Anxiety in Preschoolers *NEW*
All children have fears, but sometimes it is a challenge to know what is normal and how to best support a child to cope and develop resilience. In this course you can add strategies, games and activities to your toolkit that can help young children learn cope with anxiety when it occurs, overcome difficult situations and equip them with the skills they need to face their next challenges with confidence. MSDE Core of Knowledge: three hrs. SN. .3 CEUs.
Tuition: $40 (fee based, no waivers)
Wed Oct 10 6:30PM-9:30PM Hickory Ridge ZB-101 7548 #3357
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