Online Child Care Courses and Schools

Learn about the types of childcare training available online and whether you will receive hands-on training. Find out the technical requirements for online programs and how to select a school that will work for your goals. Schools offering Child Care Services degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

Online childcare courses provide flexibility with the ability to complete coursework anywhere and anytime. Many options include an internship for hands-on experience in the field.

Training Diploma, certificate, continuing education, and professional development programs
Courses Organizing educational activities, maintaining a safe and clean environment, and incorporating computer technology into learning; classroom management, guidance, nutrition, and cognitive development; internship for hands-on training
Technical Requirements A computer with Internet access, a printer, a JavaScript-enabled browser, and an active e-mail account; Adobe Acrobat Reader and Flash Player/Windows Media Player
Schools Look for schools offering Child Development Associate (CDA) or Child Care Professional (CCP) certification; National Administrator Credential (NAC) certificate is also possible; choose a program that meets the licensing requirements for the state you wish to work in.

What Kind of Childcare Training Can I Receive in an Online Environment?

Online programs in childcare can consist of child daycare management diploma programs, early childhood education certificate programs and continuing education, professional development, certification preparation and certification renewal programs. In a child daycare management program, you'll learn how to organize educational activities, maintain a safe and clean childcare environment and incorporate computer technology into learning programs as well as play time. You might also learn how to start your own daycare business.

In an early childhood education program, you acquire many of the same skills you would in a child daycare management program. These skills can be applied to jobs in preschools, head start programs, elementary schools, community education centers and family child care settings. The certificate program can also serve as preparation for an associate's or bachelor's degree program.

Professional development, continuing education and certification programs can focus on a number of topics, depending on the skills you need to hone. These topics can include childcare administration and classroom management. The following areas of interest might also be explored:

  • Guidance
  • Discipline
  • Health and safety
  • Nutrition
  • Cognitive development

Will I Get Any Hands-On Training?

Continuing education, professional development and certification programs will probably not include hands-on experiences. You will, however, most likely complete an internship or two in an early childhood education certificate program. You might intern at a school or education center located in your city. You'll learn about teaching and childhood learning, and work under the supervision of an advisor to help facilitate the academic and social growth of children.

How Do I Choose a School?

Sometimes employers wish to hire childcare workers with Child Development Associate (CDA) or Child Care Professional (CCP) certification. You should look for online CDA and CCP certification preparation and renewal programs. You might also want to look for schools that offer a National Administrator Credential (NAC) certificate. NAC is approved by the National Child Care Association (NCCA) for individuals interested in acquiring administrative training in early childhood education.

You could also look for programs that help you meet licensure requirements. It's also important to keep in mind that these programs may be designed for residents of specific states. You'll need to look for programs that provide requirements for the state you live in. These schools are among those that offer online child care courses:

  • U.S. Career Institute (Fort Collins, CO)
  • Texas A&M University (College Station)
  • Penn Foster Career School (Scranton, PA)
  • Ashworth College (Norcross, GA)
  • Purdue University Global (Indianapolis, IN)

What Technical Requirements Will I Need to Meet?

You'll need a computer with Internet access. Dial-up access may not be supported. Other requirements could include a printer, a JavaScript-enabled browser and an active e-mail account. For courses containing audio and video elements, you might need software programs such as Flash Player or Windows Media Player. For courses offered in PDF format, you'll need Adobe Acrobat Reader.

To continue researching, browse degree options below for course curriculum, prerequisites and financial aid information. Or, learn more about the subject by reading the related articles below:

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