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Early Childhood Education & Child Care

Online Credential Boosters

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)
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.
Jun 01-Aug 21   Online ZB-722 7024 #8066
You may register for and begin a summer class anytime between Jun 1 and Aug 14. Final deadline for course work is Aug 21.
Register Now
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).
  • 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.

MSDE Core of Knowledge: Pro .3 CEUs.

Tuition: $40 (fee based, no waivers)
Apr 01-May 22   Online ZB-730 7629 #5648
You may register for and begin a class anytime between Apr 1 and May 15. Final deadline for course work is May 22.
Jun 01-Aug 21   Online ZB-730 7028 #8073
You may register for and begin a summer class anytime between Jun 1 and Aug 14. Final deadline for course work is Aug 21.
Register Now
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).
  • 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.

MSDE Core of Knowledge: Com  .3 CEUs.

Tuition: $40 (fee based, no waivers)
Apr 01-May 22   Online ZB-732 7630 #5650
You may register for and begin a class anytime between Apr 1 and May 15. Final deadline for course work is May 22.
Jun 01-Aug 21   Online ZB-732 7029 #8075
You may register for and begin a summer class anytime between Jun 1 and Aug 14. Final deadline for course work is Aug 21.
Register Now
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).
  • 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.

MSDE Core of Knowledge: Curric  .3 CEUs.

Tuition: $40 (fee based, no waivers)
Apr 01-May 22   Online ZB-724 7620 #5643
You may register for and begin a class anytime between Apr 1 and May 15. Final deadline for course work is May 22.
Jun 01-Aug 21   Online ZB-724 7019 #8068
You may register for and begin a summer class anytime between Jun 1 and Aug 14. Final deadline for course work is Aug 21.
Register Now
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).
  • 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.

MSDE Core of Knowledge: Com .3 CEUs.

Tuition: $40 (fee based, no waivers)
Apr 01-May 22   Online ZB-733 7631 #5651
You may register for and begin a class anytime between Apr 1 and May 15. Final deadline for course work is May 22.
Jun 01-Aug 21   Online ZB-733 7030 #8076
You may register for and begin a summer class anytime between Jun 1 and Aug 14. Final deadline for course work is Aug 21.
Register Now
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).
  • 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.

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)
Apr 01-May 22   Online ZB-721 7627 #5640
You may register for and begin a class anytime between Apr 1 and May 15. Final deadline for course work is May 22.
Jun 01-Aug 21   Online ZB-721 7026 #8065
You may register for and begin a summer class anytime between Jun 1 and Aug 14. Final deadline for course work is Aug 21.
Register Now
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).
  • 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.

MSDE Core of Knowledge: HSN  .3 CEUs.

Tuition: $40 (fee based, no waivers)
Apr 01-May 22   Online ZB-719 7623 #5638
You may register for and begin a class anytime between Apr 1 and May 15. Final deadline for course work is May 22.
Jun 01-Aug 21   Online ZB-719 7022 #8063
You may register for and begin a summer class anytime between Jun 1 and Aug 14. Final deadline for course work is Aug 21.
Register Now
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).
  • 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.

MSDE Core of Knowledge: Ch Dev  .3 CEUs.

Tuition: $40 (fee based, no waivers)
Apr 01-May 22   Online ZB-725 7617 #5644
You may register for and begin a class anytime between Apr 1 and May 15. Final deadline for course work is May 22.
Jun 01-Aug 21   Online ZB-725 7016 #8069
You may register for and begin a summer class anytime between Jun 1 and Aug 14. Final deadline for course work is Aug 21.
Register Now
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).
  • 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.

MSDE Core of Knowledge: HSN  .3 CEUs.

Tuition: $40 (fee based, no waivers)
Apr 01-May 22   Online ZB-729 7624 #5647
You may register for and begin a class anytime between Apr 1 and May 15. Final deadline for course work is May 22.
Jun 01-Aug 21   Online ZB-729 7023 #8072
You may register for and begin a summer class anytime between Jun 1 and Aug 14. Final deadline for course work is Aug 21.
Register Now
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).
  • 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.

MSDE Core of Knowledge: Ch Dev .3 CEUs.

Tuition: $40 (fee based, no waivers)
Apr 01-May 22   Online ZB-726 7619 #5645
You may register for and begin a class anytime between Apr 1 and May 15. Final deadline for course work is May 22.
Jun 01-Aug 21   Online ZB-726 7018 #8070
You may register for and begin a summer class anytime between Jun 1 and Aug 14. Final deadline for course work is Aug 21.
Register Now
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)
Apr 01-May 22   Online ZB-723 7621 #5642
You may register for and begin a class anytime between Apr 1 and May 15. Final deadline for course work is May 22.
Jun 01-Aug 21   Online ZB-723 7020 #8067
You may register for and begin a summer class anytime between Jun 1 and Aug 14. Final deadline for course work is Aug 21.
Register Now
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).
  • 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.

MSDE Core of Knowledge: Ch Dev .3 CEUs.

Tuition: $40 (fee based, no waivers)
Apr 01-May 22   Online ZB-751 7618 #5655
You may register for and begin a class anytime between Apr 1 and May 15. Final deadline for course work is May 22.
Jun 01-Aug 21   Online ZB-751 7017 #8080
You may register for and begin a summer class anytime between Jun 1 and Aug 14. Final deadline for course work is Aug 21.
Register Now
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)
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
Jun 01-Aug 21   Online ZB-740 7032 #8078
You may register for and begin a summer class anytime between Jun 1 and Aug 14. Final deadline for course work is Aug 21.
Register Now
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).
  • 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.

MSDE Core of Knowledge: SN  .3 CEUs.

Tuition: $40 (fee based, no waivers)
Apr 01-May 22   Online ZB-720 7626 #5639
You may register for and begin a class anytime between Apr 1 and May 15. Final deadline for course work is May 22.
Jun 01-Aug 21   Online ZB-720 7025 #8064
You may register for and begin a summer class anytime between Jun 1 and Aug 14. Final deadline for course work is Aug 21.
Register Now
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).
  • 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.

MSDE Core of Knowledge: Curric  .3 CEUs.

Tuition: $40 (fee based, no waivers)
Apr 01-May 22   Online ZB-727 7622 #5646
You may register for and begin a class anytime between Apr 1 and May 15. Final deadline for course work is May 22.
Jun 01-Aug 21   Online ZB-727 7021 #8071
You may register for and begin a summer class anytime between Jun 1 and Aug 14. Final deadline for course work is Aug 21.
Register Now
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).
  • 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.

MSDE Core of Knowledge: Pro .3 CEUs.

Tuition: $40 (fee based, no waivers)
Apr 01-May 22   Online ZB-731 7628 #5649
You may register for and begin a class anytime between Apr 1 and May 15. Final deadline for course work is May 22.
Jun 01-Aug 14   Online ZB-731 7027 #8074
You may register for and begin a summer class anytime between Jun 1 and Aug 14. Final deadline for course work is Aug 21.
Register Now
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