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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).
  • 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.
  • You will receive an email with login instructions 24 hours after registering for the course. Online

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

Tuition: $40 (fee based, no waivers)
May 31-Aug 20   Online ZB-722 7022 #4603
You may begin this class anytime from May 31 - August 13. Summer session: $45 (includes $40 in fees*)
Aug 30-Dec 10   Online ZB-722 7061 #5306
You may begin this class anytime from Aug 30 - Dec. 3.
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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. You will learn how to set up and maintain a safe and healthy environment. Topics include supervision, safe practices to prevent and reduce injuries, identification and reporting of abuse or neglect, and proper sanitation practices and procedures. No refund seven days prior to course start date. MSDE Core of Knowledge: 5 hrs. Health,  Safety & Nutrition. .5 CEUs.

Online course takes about 5 hours to complete (completion times vary.) Online class has no classroom meetings. You will need access to a computer, the internet and email to take this course. You will receive an email with login instructions 24 hours after registering for the course.

Tuition: $69 (includes $40 in fees*)
May 31-Aug 20   Online ZB-742 7031 #4624
You may begin this class anytime from May 31 - August 13.
Aug 30-Dec 10   Online ZB-742 7070 #5319
You may begin this class anytime from Aug 30 until Dec 3.
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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 recordkeeping, 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 refund seven days prior to course start date.  4.5 CEUs.

You will receive an email with login instructions 24 hours after registering for the course. Online class has no classroom meetings. Begin work on the start date.

Tuition: $270 (includes $90 in fees*)
Oct 14-Dec 09   Online ZB-673 7050 #5289
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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 refund seven days prior to course start date. Purchase textbook prior to class. (T) 4.5 CEUs.

You will receive an email with login instructions 24 hours after registering for the course. Online class has no classroom meetings. Begin work on the start date.

Tuition: $270 (includes $90 in fees*)
Sep 10-Oct 29   Online ZB-707 7036 #5294
Sep 10-Oct 29   Online ZB-707 7037 #5295
Sep 10-Oct 29   Online ZB-707 7132 #9795
Oct 15-Dec 10   Online ZB-707 7039 #5297
Oct 15-Dec 10   Online ZB-707 7038 #5296
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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. Focus is on communication with parents and co-workers, and communication issues within a typical child care day. Standard refund policy does not apply. No refund seven days prior to course start date.. .9 CEUs.

You will receive an email with login instructions 24 hours after registering for the course. Online class has no classroom meetings. Begin work on the start date.

Tuition: $100 (includes $65 in fees*)
Nov 01-Nov 15   Online ZB-654 7051 #5287
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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 refund seven days prior to course start date. 2.4 CEUs.

You will receive an email with login instructions 24 hours after registering for the course.  (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. You will need access to a computer, the internet and email to take this course.)

Tuition: $240 (includes $90 in fees*)
May 31-Aug 20   Online ZB-696 7013 #4574
You may begin this class anytime from May 31 - Aug 13.
Aug 30-Dec 10   Online ZB-696 7052 #5290
You may begin this class anytime from Aug 30 until Dec 3.
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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. Standard refund policy does not apply. No refund seven days prior to course start date. 4.5 CEUs.

You will receive an email with login instructions 24 hours after registering for the course. Online class has no classroom meetings. Begin work on the start date.

Tuition: $270 (includes $90 in fees*)
Sep 13-Nov 01   Online ZB-702 7043 #5291
Sep 13-Nov 01   Online ZB-702 7044 #5292
Sep 13-Nov 01   Online ZB-702 7045 #5293
Oct 11-Dec 06   Online ZB-702 7046 #6063
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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 refund seven days prior to course start date. Purchase textbook prior to class.(T) 4.5 CEUs.

You will receive an email with login instructions 24 hours after registering for the course.Online class has no classroom meetings. Begin work on the start date.

Tuition: $270 (includes $90 in fees*)
Sep 13-Nov 01   Online ZB-718 7040 #5300
Sep 13-Nov 01   Online ZB-718 7041 #5301
Oct 11-Dec 06   Online ZB-718 7042 #5302
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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 refund seven days prior to course start date. Purchase textbook prior to class.(T) 4.5 CEUs.

You will receive an email with login instructions 24 hours after registering for the course.Online class has no classroom meetings. Begin work on the start date.

Tuition: $270 (includes $90 in fees*)
Sep 15-Nov 03   Online ZB-717 7047 #5298
Sep 15-Nov 03   Online ZB-717 7048 #5299
Oct 13-Dec 08   Online ZB-717 7049 #6065
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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).
  • 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.
  • You will receive an email with login instructions 24 hours after registering for the course.

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

Tuition: $40 (fee based, no waivers)
May 31-Aug 20   Online ZB-740 7030 #4623
You may begin this class anytime from May 31 - August 13. Summer session: $45 (includes $40 in fees*)
Aug 30-Dec 10   Online ZB-740 7069 #5318
You may begin this class anytime from Aug 30 until Dec 3.
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Course Legend
* Fees not eligible for waiver.
** Tuition and fees not eligible for waiver for XE courses.
(S) = Supplies needed. Instructor will provide list at first class.
(T) = Textbook recommended or required. Purchase at HCC Bookstore or online before first class.
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