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Early Childhood Education & Child Care

Core Requirements

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).
  • Within 24 hours of registering, you will receive an automated email with 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)
Sep 09-Dec 13   Online ZB-722 7535 #1826
You may register for and begin a class anytime between Sep 9 and Dec 6. Final deadline for course work is Dec 13.
Jan 06-Mar 20   Online ZB-722 7591 #5538
You may register for and begin a class anytime between Jan 6 and Mar 13. Final deadline for course work is Mar 20.
Apr 01-May 22   Online ZB-722 7625 #5641
You may register for and begin a class anytime between Apr 1 and May 15. Final deadline for course work is May 22.
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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: 5 hrs. Health, Safety & Nutrition. .5 CEUs.

Online course takes about five hours to complete (your time may vary.) Online class has no classroom meetings. Within 24 hours of registering, you will receive an automated email with login instructions for Canvas. You will need access to a computer, the internet and email to take this course.

Tuition: $64 (includes $40 in fees*)
Sep 09-Dec 13   Online ZB-742 7544 #1839
You may begin this class anytime from Sep 9 until Dec 6.
Jan 06-Mar 20   Online ZB-742 7600 #5551
You may begin this class anytime from Jan 6 until Mar 13.
Apr 01-May 22   Online ZB-742 7634 #5654
You may begin this class anytime from Apr 1 until May 15.
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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: $265 (includes $90 in fees*)
Feb 03-Mar 25   Online ZB-673 7580 #5515
Online class has no classroom meetings. Within 24 hours of registering, you will receive an automated email with login instructions for Canvas. Begin work on the start date. Purchase required materials from the HCC Bookstore at howardcc.bncollege.com.
Apr 16-Jun 04   Online ZB-673 7614 #5618
Online class has no classroom meetings. Within 24 hours of registering, you will receive an automated email with login instructions for Canvas. Begin work on the start date. 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: Tuition: $265 (includes $90 in fees* or $55 in fees* for classroom based)
Mon, Wed Feb 03-Mar 23 6:30PM-9:45PM Gateway Campus ZB-707 7637 #5525
In this section, all class hours are conducted in the classroom.
Jan 03-Feb 21   Online ZB-707 7568 #5521
Online class has no classroom meetings. Within 24 hours of registering, you will receive an automated email with login instructions for Canvas. Begin work on the start date.
Jan 03-Feb 21   Online ZB-707 7569 #5522
Online class has no classroom meetings. Within 24 hours of registering, you will receive an automated email with login instructions for Canvas. Begin work on the start date.
Jan 03-Feb 21   Online ZB-707 7570 #5523
Online class has no classroom meetings. Within 24 hours of registering, you will receive an automated email with login instructions for Canvas. Begin work on the start date.
Jan 03-Feb 21   Online ZB-707 7571 #5524
Online class has no classroom meetings. Within 24 hours of registering, you will receive an automated email with login instructions for Canvas. Begin work on the start date.
Mar 27-May 15   Online ZB-707 7602 #5624
Online class has no classroom meetings. Within 24 hours of registering, you will receive an automated email with login instructions for Canvas. Begin work on the start date.
Mar 27-May 15   Online ZB-707 7603 #5625
Online class has no classroom meetings. Within 24 hours of registering, you will receive an automated email with login instructions for Canvas. Begin work on the start date.
Mar 27-May 15   Online ZB-707 7604 #5626
Online class has no classroom meetings. Within 24 hours of registering, you will receive an automated email with login instructions for Canvas. Begin work on the start date.
Mar 27-May 15   Online ZB-707 7605 #5627
Online class has no classroom meetings. Within 24 hours of registering, you will receive an automated email with login instructions for Canvas. Begin work on the start date.
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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: $95 (includes $65 in fees*)
Feb 10-Feb 24   Online ZB-654 7581 #5511
Online class has no classroom meetings. Within 24 hours of registering, you will receive an automated email with login instructions for Canvas. Begin work on the start date.
May 04-May 18   Online ZB-654 7615 #5614
Online class has no classroom meetings. Within 24 hours of registering, you will receive an automated email with login instructions for Canvas. Begin work on the start date.
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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: $235 (includes $90 in fees*)
Jan 06-Mar 20   Online ZB-696 7582 #5517
You may begin this class anytime from January 6-March 13. 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. Within 24 hours of registering, you will receive an automated email with login instructions for Canvas. Begin work on the start date. You will need access to a computer, the internet and email to take this course.
Apr 01-May 22   Online ZB-696 7616 #5620
You may begin this class anytime from April 1-May 15. 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. Within 24 hours of registering, you will receive an automated email with login instructions for Canvas. Begin work on the start date. You will need access to a computer, the internet and email to take this course.
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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. 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. Textbook is included and will be provided as a download in the online course. 4.5 CEUs.

Tuition: $265 (includes $90 in fees*)
Jan 15-Mar 04   Online ZB-702 7574 #5518
Online class has no classroom meetings. Within 24 hours of registering, you will receive an automated email with login instructions for Canvas. Begin work on the start date.
Jan 15-Mar 04   Online ZB-702 7575 #5519
Online class has no classroom meetings. Within 24 hours of registering, you will receive an automated email with login instructions for Canvas. Begin work on the start date.information is listed on the syllabus in the online course.
Jan 15-Mar 04   Online ZB-702 7576 #5520
Online class has no classroom meetings. Within 24 hours of registering, you will receive an automated email with login instructions for Canvas. Begin work on the start date.information is listed on the syllabus in the online course.
Apr 01-May 20   Online ZB-702 7608 #5621
Online class has no classroom meetings. Within 24 hours of registering, you will receive an automated email with login instructions for Canvas. Begin work on the start date.
Apr 01-May 20   Online ZB-702 7609 #5622
Online class has no classroom meetings. Within 24 hours of registering, you will receive an automated email with login instructions for Canvas. Begin work on the start date.
Apr 01-May 20   Online ZB-702 7610 #5623
Online class has no classroom meetings. Within 24 hours of registering, you will receive an automated email with login instructions for Canvas. Begin work on the start date.
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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 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: $265 (includes $90 in fees* or $55 in fees* for classroom based)
Mon, Wed Apr 15-Jun 08 6:30PM-9:45PM Gateway Campus ZB-718 7546 #1822
In this section, all class hours are conducted in the classroom.
Jan 08-Feb 26   Online ZB-718 7577 #5531
Online class has no classroom meetings. Within 24 hours of registering, you will receive an automated email with login instructions for Canvas. Begin work on the start date.
Jan 08-Feb 26   Online ZB-718 7578 #5532
Online class has no classroom meetings. Within 24 hours of registering, you will receive an automated email with login instructions for Canvas. Begin work on the start date.
Jan 08-Feb 26   Online ZB-718 7579 #5533
Online class has no classroom meetings. Within 24 hours of registering, you will receive an automated email with login instructions for Canvas. Begin work on the start date.
Apr 01-May 20   Online ZB-718 7611 #5634
Online class has no classroom meetings. Within 24 hours of registering, you will receive an automated email with login instructions for Canvas. Begin work on the start date.
Apr 01-May 20   Online ZB-718 7612 #5635
Online class has no classroom meetings. Within 24 hours of registering, you will receive an automated email with login instructions for Canvas. Begin work on the start date.
Apr 01-May 20   Online ZB-718 7613 #5636
Online class has no classroom meetings. Within 24 hours of registering, you will receive an automated email with login instructions for Canvas. Begin work on the start date.
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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 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: $265 (includes $90 in fees*)
Jan 20-Mar 09   Online ZB-717 7572 #5528
Online class has no classroom meetings. Within 24 hours of registering, you will receive an automated email with login instructions for Canvas. Begin work on the start date.
Jan 20-Mar 09   Online ZB-717 7573 #5529
Online class has no classroom meetings. Within 24 hours of registering, you will receive an automated email with login instructions for Canvas. Begin work on the start date.
Apr 13-Jun 01 1AM-1:02AM Online ZB-717 7606 #5631
Online class has no classroom meetings. Within 24 hours of registering, you will receive an automated email with login instructions for Canvas. Begin work on the start date.
Apr 13-Jun 01 1PM-1:01AM Online ZB-717 7607 #5632
Online class has no classroom meetings. Within 24 hours of registering, you will receive an automated email with login instructions for Canvas. Begin work on the start date.
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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).
  • Within 24 hours of registering, you will receive an automated email with 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)
Sep 09-Dec 13   Online ZB-740 7543 #1838
You may register for and begin a class anytime between Sep 9 and Dec 6. Final deadline for course work is Dec 13.
Jan 06-Mar 20   Online ZB-740 7599 #5550
You may register for and begin a class anytime between Jan 6 and Mar 13. Final deadline for course work is Mar 20.
Apr 01-May 22   Online ZB-740 7633 #5653
You may register for and begin a class anytime between Apr 1 and May 15. Final deadline for course work is May 22
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