Online Child Care Degrees

Although online child care degree programs are rare, you may be able to earn a child care certificate through an online program. These programs cover development and learning in children and can help you start a career in a preschool or day care center. Schools offering Child Care Services degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Kinds of Child Care Degrees Can I Earn Online?

Most child care degree programs include some supervised classroom experience, so you probably won't be able to earn a child care degree fully online. Associate's and bachelor's degrees in child care are available, though some programs are called early childhood education or child care and development. These tend to be offered entirely on campus. Depending on your degree program, you may be able to concentrate in either infant or pre-school care. In some cases, you may be able to earn a certificate in early childhood education, child care or child care administration through a distance learning program.

Degree Levels Associate's, bachelor's (on campus); certificate (online)
Degree Program Courses Child development, psychology, general education requirements
Certificate Program Courses Child development, learning in childhood, curriculum development
Online Program Requirements Computer with internet access

What Can I Learn in an Online Degree Program?

All child care degree programs focus heavily on child development, psychology and children's literature. You'll also spend some time observing children in classrooms and working with them under the supervision of teachers. Some child care programs even have their own day care centers where you'll work with parents, children and teachers in a real-life setting.

Degree programs in child care also require you to take general education courses. You'll likely take courses in English, math, sociology and computers. Many degree programs also teach you about the business aspects of child care, such as state regulations and administrative duties.

What Can I Learn in an Online Certificate Program?

Online child care and early childhood education certificate programs prepare you to work in day care centers, pre-schools and nurseries with courses in child development, curriculum preparation and learning processes. You'll learn how to understand family dynamics and how to lead children in activities. Courses in psychology, teaching and management are also often included.

Child care administration certificate programs are similar to child care and early childhood education, but there is more emphasis on the managerial aspects of running child care programs. You'll take courses that teach you how to oversee staff, relate to parents and understand state regulations.

How Do I Complete the Program Online?

If you choose to enroll in an online child care certificate program, you may interact with your instructors and classmates through video, discussions, presentations and group projects. Some schools run their online classes concurrently with their campus-based versions, though you'll be able to access your class websites on your own time. Other schools run their online programs in 8-week sessions. A computer with Internet access is required for online learning.

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