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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).
  • 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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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).
  • 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.

MSDE Core of Knowledge: Pro .3 CEUs.

Tuition: $40 (fee based, no waivers)
May 31-Aug 20   Online ZB-730 7026 #4614
You may begin this class anytime from May 31 - August 13. Summer session: $45 (includes $40 in fees*)
Aug 30-Dec 10   Online ZB-730 7065 #5313
You may begin this class anytime from Aug 30 until Dec 3.
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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).
  • 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.

MSDE Core of Knowledge: Com  .3 CEUs.

Tuition: $40 (fee based, no waivers)
May 31-Aug 20   Online ZB-732 7027 #4619
You may begin this class anytime from May 31 - August 13. Summer session: $45 (includes $40 in fees*)
Aug 30-Dec 10   Online ZB-732 7066 #5315
You may begin this class anytime from Aug 30 until Dec 3.
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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).
  • 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.

MSDE Core of Knowledge: Curric  .3 CEUs.

Tuition: $40 (fee based, no waivers)
May 31-Aug 20   Online ZB-724 7017 #4586
You may begin this class anytime from May 31-August 13. Summer session: $45 (includes $40 in fees*)
Aug 30-Dec 10   Online ZB-724 7056 #5308
You may begin this class anytime from Aug 30 until Dec 3.
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).
  • 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.

MSDE Core of Knowledge: Com .3 CEUs.

Tuition: $40 (fee based, no waivers)
May 31-Aug 20   Online ZB-733 7028 #4621
You may begin this class anytime from May 31 - August 13. Summer session: $45 (includes $40 in fees*)
Aug 30-Dec 10   Online ZB-733 7067 #5316
You may begin this class anytime from Aug 30 until Dec 3.
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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).
  • 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.

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)
May 31-Aug 20   Online ZB-721 7024 #4607
You may begin this class anytime from May 31 - August 13. Summer session: $45 (includes $40 in fees*)
Aug 30-Dec 10   Online ZB-721 7063 #5305
You may begin this class anytime from Aug 30 until Dec 3.
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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).
  • 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.

MSDE Core of Knowledge: HSN  .3 CEUs.

Tuition: $40 (fee based, no waivers)
May 31-Aug 20   Online ZB-719 7020 #4595
You may begin this class anytime from May 31 - August 13. Summer session: $45 (includes $40 in fees*)
Aug 30-Dec 10   Online ZB-719 7059 #5303
You may begin this class anytime from Aug 30 until Dec 3.
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).
  • 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.

MSDE Core of Knowledge: Ch Dev  .3 CEUs.

Tuition: $40 (fee based, no waivers)
May 31-Aug 20   Online ZB-725 7014 #4576
You may begin this class anytime from May 31 - August 13. Summer session: $45 (includes $40 in fees*)
Aug 30-Dec 10   Online ZB-725 7053 #5309
You may begin this class anytime from Aug 30 until Dec 3.
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).
  • 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.

MSDE Core of Knowledge: HSN  .3 CEUs.

Tuition: $40 (fee based, no waivers)
May 31-Aug 20   Online ZB-729 7021 #4598
You may begin this class anytime from May 31 - August 13. Summer session: $45 (includes $40 in fees*)
Aug 30-Dec 10   Online ZB-729 7060 #5312
You may begin this class anytime from Aug 30 until Dec 3.
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).
  • 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.

MSDE Core of Knowledge: Ch Dev .3 CEUs.

Tuition: $40 (fee based, no waivers)
May 31-Aug 20   Online ZB-726 7016 #4585
You may begin this class anytime from May 31-August 13. Summer session: $45 (includes $40 in fees*)
Aug 30-Dec 10   Online ZB-726 7055 #5310
You may begin this class anytime from Aug 30 until Dec 3.
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).
  • 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.

MSDE Core of Knowledge: Curric  .3 CEUs.

Tuition: $40 (fee based, no waivers)
May 31-Aug 20   Online ZB-723 7018 #4593
You may begin this class anytime from May 31 - August 13. Summer session: $45 (includes $40 in fees*)
Aug 30-Dec 10   Online ZB-723 7057 #5307
You may begin this class anytime from Aug 30 until Dec 3.
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).
  • 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.

MSDE Core of Knowledge: Ch Dev .3 CEUs.

Tuition: $40 (fee based, no waivers)
May 31-Aug 20   Online ZB-751 7015 #4583
You may begin this class anytime from May 31 - August 13. Summer session: $45 (includes $40 in fees*)
Aug 30-Dec 10   Online ZB-751 7054 #5320
You may begin this class anytime from Aug 30 until Dec 3.
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).
  • 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.

MSDE Core of Knowledge: Ch Dev .3 CEUs.

Tuition: $40 (fee based, no waivers)
Aug 30-Dec 10   Online ZB-751 7054 #5320
You may begin this class anytime from Aug 30 until Dec 3.
Jan 03-May 20   Online ZB-751 7109 #8915
You may begin this class anytime from January 3 - May 13.
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).
  • 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.
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).
  • 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.

MSDE Core of Knowledge: SN  .3 CEUs.

Tuition: $40 (fee based, no waivers)
May 31-Aug 20   Online ZB-720 7023 #4605
You may begin this class anytime from May 31 - August 13. Summer session: $45 (includes $40 in fees*)
Aug 30-Dec 10   Online ZB-720 7062 #5304
You may begin this class anytime from Aug 30 until Dec 3.
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).
  • 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.

MSDE Core of Knowledge: Curric  .3 CEUs.

Tuition: $40 (fee based, no waivers)
May 31-Aug 20   Online ZB-727 7019 #4594
You may begin this class anytime from May 31 - August 13. Summer session: $45 (includes $40 in fees*)
Aug 30-Dec 10   Online ZB-727 7058 #5311
You may begin this class anytime from Aug 30 until Dec 3.
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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).
  • 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.

MSDE Core of Knowledge: Pro .3 CEUs.

Tuition: $40 (fee based, no waivers)
May 31-Aug 20   Online ZB-731 7025 #4609
You may begin this class anytime from May 31 - August 13. Summer session: $45 (includes $40 in fees*)
Aug 30-Dec 10   Online ZB-731 7064 #5314
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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